• Merrillville Adult Education - Community Education

    This section contains musical classes. The following is a list of available classes for the 2011 Fall semester.
    Oak Leaf
    FALL 2011
    Guitar, Beginning- MUS-1

    Playing the guitar can offer an invigorating, relaxing and fun outlet for creative expression. This course is an introduction to flat picking or finger style guitar. It is designed to give the beginner the basic guitar playing techniques including how to read music, play chords and melodies by ear, and accompany, tune and maintain your instrument. Each student must supply their own guitar. No prior knowledge of music or guitar is necessary. Instructor Mario Moreno studied guitar at the Chicago Conservatory of Music. He is an accomplished guitarist, performer and experienced teacher.

    10 Mondays, 6:45 to 8:15 p.m.
    February 14 - April 25 (no class 4/4)
    Fee: $105
    Merrillville High School, Room C-105
    Entrance F
    Children's Guitar, Beginning - MUS-2
    This class is designed for children ages 12 to 16. Students will learn basic chords, scales and how to accompany each other to simple chord progressions. This class is ideal for ambitious students aspiring to play in or start their own group. Each student must supply their own guitar and electronic tuner. Students will be using picks (flatpicking). Instructor: Mario Moreno
    10 Mondays, 5:30-6:30 p.m. February 14- April 25 (no class 4/4)
    Fee: $85
    Merrillville High School, Room C-105
    Entrance F
    Piano, Beginning - MUS-3

    Keyboard and Piano playing is a leisure-time activity that facilitates increased aesthetic experience and allows it to happen more often. Students will become involved with and enjoy their favorite music more by playing it on portable keyboards and piano alone and with others. This course provides instruction in basic keyboard techniques such as; sight-reading, scales major minor and dominant 7th chords, harmonizing melodies ensemble playing, ear training and improvisation. No prior experience is required. Instructor: Thomas Matecki has a Bachelor of Music degree from University of Illinois and a Master of Arts degree with concentration in piano and education. 

    Adult piano is a beginning course for students who prefer a chord approach. It teaches chords for both hands so that the student can play more than single note melodies. Participants will be able to play easy arrangements of popular songs such as Alouette, Amazing Grace, Aura Lee (better known as Love me tender), Blow the Man Down, When the Saints Go and Brother John to name a few. Mr. Matecki, will provide supplemental materials.

    NOTE: Students provide portable keyboards, headphones or ear buds. Power will be provided.

    10 Mondays, 6:00-7:30 P.M. January 31 - April 11 (no class 4/4)
    Fee: $105              Textbook: $11
    Merrillville High School, Room D-109
    Entrance F