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TIFTON — A new Summer Music Institute at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College will assist students in grades 8 through 12 in improving their musical skills.

The Summer Music Institute offers instruction on July 8-12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the campus of ABAC at a cost of $150 per student. Lunch will be provided each day, and all students in attendance will receive individual lessons.

Susan Roe, head of the ABAC Department of Fine Arts, said the instruction will focus on fundamentals, warm-ups, and preparation techniques for solo literature and Georgia Music Educators Association musical compositions.

“It’s going to be an exciting week of comprehensive music learning,” Roe said. “We also invite any incoming ABAC freshmen who are majoring in music this fall semester to join us.”

Jennifer Huang, Scott Phillips, Sara Eastwood, Sheri Wyles, and Marti Schert from the ABAC music faculty will provide instruction for the students at the institute.

“The centerpiece of the institute is the emphasis on chamber music,” Eastwood said. “Students will receive the opportunity to rehearse and perform in many small chamber ensembles pertaining to their individual skill level. Students can also participate in music elective courses in music theory and group piano courses.”

“Every musician can benefit from learning piano,” Phillips said. “Learn the basics through interactive group class piano in our piano technology lab this summer.”

In addition, the basics of music theory and ear training will be covered in General Musicianship classes to further facilitate understanding of music. Classes are designed for students of all experience levels.

For more information and registration, interested persons can visit the institute website at abacsummermusicinstitute.com.

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