Prelude and Development classes meet June 25 through Aug. 6, with no class meeting July 2. A parent or caregiver attends every class with their child. Early enrollment is recommended as these classes usually fill up quickly.
- Prelude is a group music class for toddlers ages 1 to 3 with singing, dancing and rhythm and music games. New songs and activities are added every semester. Laurie Rodriguez teaches this class, which meets Saturdays from 10 to 10:30 a.m.
- Development group music class is for children ages 3 to 5 and helps prepare little ones to begin music lessons. Children enjoy more songs, dances and rhythm games as well as basic music theory and demonstrations of musical instruments. Rodriguez teaches this class, which meets on Saturdays from 10:35 to 11:05 a.m.
Guitar for Kids class meets on Wednesdays from 5 to 5:55 p.m. June 15 through July 27, with no class meeting July 6. Early enrollment is encouraged for this popular class.
- Guitar for Kids provides children ages 8 to 12 with an introduction to guitar playing through a fun, song-oriented approach to learning. Guitar teacher Quentin Dover introduces music fundamentals such as scales, chords, rhythm, melody, harmony and playing technique that allow students to begin building their own toolbox of musical skills. Group lessons foster an encouraging environment in which students can explore the art of making music. No previous guitar experience is required; however, students should bring guitars to class.
The NIU Community School of the Arts is sponsored by the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Northern Illinois University. For more information about summer activities, call (815) 753-1450.