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Community Music School registration underway; classes begin Aug. 27 in Hammond, St. Tammany, Livingston

Contact: Christina Chapple


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CMS violin instructor Felicia Besan and young student at Livingston Center

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CMS violin teacher Felicia Besan works with a young student taking private lessons at the Livingston Center. Registration is underway for the fall CMS session, offering classes on Southeastenr's main campus and at the Livingston Literacy and Technology Center in Walker and the St. Tammany Center in Mandeville.

     HAMMOND – Registration is underway for the fall session of Southeastern Louisiana University's Community Music School, which begins August 27.

     The Community Music School offers private instruction on all instruments and voice to students of all ages and levels of experience, said Director Kenneth Boulton.  Tuition includes group theory classes, ensemble opportunities, masterclass coaching sessions with Southeastern music professors, and a variety of performance programs.

     "Of particular interest this year is some deserved emphasis on our dedicated and enthusiastic adult students," Boulton said. "We are offering a new group piano class for beginning adults, which will meet on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. We also have plans for some special adult programs during CMS recital week."

     Boulton said students can participate in three principle ensembles, the CMS String Ensemble, directed by Jivka Jeleva; the CMS Preparatory Choir (ages 8-11), directed by Jessica Bryan; and the CMS Select Vocal Ensemble (ages 12-17), directed by Amy Prats.

     CMS is again offering a variety of musical instruction at the St. Tammany Center, located in the parish governmental complex on Koop Drive north of Mandeville, as well as the newest CMS location at the Livingston Literacy and Technology Center in Walker.

     "I am very excited about how our program is growing throughout the north shore region.  It reflects the increasing emphasis our families are placing on quality musical education and opportunity," Boulton said.

     For more information about CMS registration and programs, call (985) 549-5502, or visit the CMS website at

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