Tufts University to begin second year of community music program

Classes to be offered for children and adults in Granoff Music Center
July 28, 2008

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MEDFORD/SOMERVILLE, Mass. -- Aspiring area musicians of every background, from toddlers through high school students and adults, can now apply to Tufts University's community music program that will start its second year in September.

The program offers classes in music and movement from a wide variety of musical disciplines. Children ages 3 to 7 may enjoy classes based on Dalcroze Eurhythmics while group sessions for choral singing, piano, recorder, and violin are offered for students ages 7 to 10. Courses for middle and high school students include African drumming, jazz, chamber music, guitar, composition, Javanese Gamelan ensemble, and music theory. Adults can study and perform chamber music, Javanese Gamelan, and participate in a new voice class and madrigal choir.

Classes for students ages 3 to 18 take place on Saturdays in the Perry and Marty Granoff Music Center, Tufts' state-of-the-art music center on the Medford/Somerville campus, and are led by Tufts instructors. Adult classes are scheduled in the evenings and on weekends.

First-semester courses start Sept. 20; second semester courses will start Jan. 31, 2009. The courses run for 14 weeks. Tuition varies from $150 to $450 per course, and scholarships are available to qualifying students based on financial need. The program is open to students from any community. The registration deadline is September 5.

Information on the program and the registration process is available at http://www.tufts.edu/musiccenter or from program coordinator Edith Auner at 617-627-5616.

The program reflects a commitment made by Tufts when the Granoff Music Center opened in 2007: to use the facility to expand community outreach in the arts. Joseph Auner, professor and music department chair, said the center has become a community resource. "Thanks to the support of the administration we have been able to design programs for the community to experience and participate in music from all around the world," he said. "With Tufts' commitment to active citizenship it was a natural step that we would use the wonderful new resources in the Perry and Marty Granoff Music Center to provide opportunities to young musicians." 

In addition to classes, Tufts will continue to offer several other community music initiatives this fall. This includes the third season of the Granoff Music Center's popular "Sundays at Tufts: Community Concert Series," which features free performances of student ensembles, music department faculty, members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and other local music ensembles. Tufts Music will also begin a new Children's Concert program on four Saturdays this fall at 1 p.m. featuring the Tufts Wind Ensemble (Oct. 4), Pianist Andrew Rangell performing and narrating "Babar the Elephant" (Nov. 1), Afro-Cuban Jazz with Joel LaRue Smith (Nov. 8), and West African Dance and Drumming with Kiniwe (Dec. 6). 

During the past three years, Tufts musicians have played six concerts for Medford and Somerville elementary school students, and similar performances are scheduled for this winter. The music department has also provided a mentoring program that matches Tufts students with middle school students from Somerville and Medford, which will begin again this fall.

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Tufts University, located on three Massachusetts campuses in Boston, Medford/Somerville, and Grafton, and in Talloires, France, is recognized among the premier research universities in the United States. Tufts enjoys a global reputation for academic excellence and for the preparation of students as leaders in a wide range of professions. A growing number of innovative teaching and research initiatives span all Tufts campuses, and collaboration among the faculty and students in the undergraduate, graduate and professional programs across the university's schools is widely encouraged.

The Department of Music offers a flexible and eclectic academic program for both undergraduate and graduate students. Students from all parts of the university are enrolled and take part in department courses, performance ensembles, and private vocal or instrumental studies. Majors and graduates students can concentrate in composition, ethnomusicology, musicology, or theory, while having the opportunity to explore all these discipline, as well as the areas of music cognition, linguistics, sociology, and anthropology of music. The Tufts Department of Music is housed in the new Perry and Marty Granoff Music Center, home to the acclaimed Distler Performance Hall, Fisher Performance Room, and Varis Lecture Hall. The Music Center hosts over 180 events and concerts annually, the majority of which are produced and presented by the Department of Music.