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Heavenly sounds emanate from the Old Dominion University Community Music Academy, where group and private lessons are now available on lever harps recently acquired by the program.

The new harp program, which complements a Japanese Koto (or harp) ensemble class taught by Mizuki Hamada, will be taught by Julliard graduate and area performer Hye-Yun Bennet. It is just one of numerous opportunities the academy offers to enhance musical knowledge and instrumental proficiency for both adults and children.

"The British Are Coming! Explorers Bring Old Music to the New World," examines music brought to the Americas from Europe by the early Jamestown settlers and continuing through the time of the Revolution. Students will learn about preparations for Madrigal Banquets, including food, costumes, instruments and decorating, and enjoy performances by the Old Dominion Madrigal Singers and Collegiums Musicum.

The popular "Opera For Everyone" will meet Tuesdays during the Virginia Opera season and study Bizet's "Carmen" and Floyd's "Susannah." students will experience a backstage tour at Virginia Opera and learn about its upcoming productions.

Children can also join in the fun with Kindermusik, music appreciation classes for ages birth to five years. Kindermusik is an early childhood music program based on the belief that every child is musical. The program is based on research that shows that music development nurtures a child's cognative, emotional, social, language and physical development.

The Community Music Academy also offers private instruction in piano, organ, theory, Harpsichord, harp, koto, voice, violin, cello, and viola, flute, saxophone, clarinet, oboe, guitar, trombone, French horn and percussion.

For more information on ODU music programs and upcoming schedules for classes please see the Kindermusik website at http://www.odu.edu/vhosts/al/cma/kindermusik.htm or http://www.kindermusik.com.contact Sally Wright, director of the Old Dominion University Community Music Academy, at (757) 683-4075.

This article was posted on: July 19, 2006

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