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APSU Presidential Research Scholar invites participants for beginning group guitar course

Austin Peay State University will host a series of weekly beginning group guitar classes this semester, to be taught by APSU music major and Presidential Research Scholar Vanessa Cassidy. Children ages 7 to 9 who attend Title I schools in Montgomery County are invited to participate and will be lent instruments and other materials free of charge. The course will run from Feb. 15 through May 17, with classes from 4 to 5:30 p.m., held each Monday.
Austin Peay State University will host a series of weekly beginning group guitar classes this semester, to be taught by APSU music major and Presidential Research Scholar Vanessa Cassidy. Children ages 7 to 9 who attend Title I schools in Montgomery County are invited to participate and will be lent instruments and other materials free of charge. The course will run from Feb. 15 through May 17, with classes from 4 to 5:30 p.m., held each Monday.

The class is offered as a music education research project being conducted by Cassidy and is sponsored through an APSU Presidential Research Scholar grant. Mary's Music Store of Clarksville, where Cassidy has maintained an active teaching studio over the past several years, will provide instruments for the project. Store co-owner, John Mark Cox, believes that, “not only will the class provide an opportunity for young students to participate in a learning experience they might not otherwise have, who knows where this may lead for some of them? We're glad to support the project.”

APSU professor of music Dr. Stanley Yates, who serves as Cassidy's faculty adviser, said that she is a very experienced and talented guitar teacher.

“Vanessa has been teaching guitar for several years; she presently teaches about 25 students in the Clarksville area and is an especially strong teacher of younger students,” he said. “The classes will not only be of great value as a research project that investigates the effective teaching of young guitar students, they will also be great fun for the students themselves.”

Asked about the idea behind the classes, Cassidy said, “I want to reach out to children who wouldn't usually have the opportunity to study the guitar. They will be studying simple songs and will learn to play them on the guitar. We will be using musical games to develop musical concepts, and we will perform the songs in an end-of-course concert.”

While there is no cost to attend the course, space is limited and the class is expected to fill quickly. For enrollment information, please contact Vanessa Cassidy at (931) 494-6151 or ms.vanessa.cassidy@gmail.com or Yates at YatesS@apsu.edu. -- Charles Booth