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Registration underway for Community Music School spring session

Contact: Christina Chapple


     HAMMOND – Registration is underway for the spring session of Southeastern Louisiana University's Community Music School, which begins January 26.

     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.

     Boulton said CMS is now offering a $20 early-registration discount to those who register by Dec. 20. "There will again be a full array of lessons and classes for children and adults alike," he said.

     Younger students can participate in three principle ensembles -- the CMS String Ensemble, directed by Jivka Jeleva, and the CMS Preparatory Choir (ages 8-11) and CMS Select Vocal Ensemble (ages 12-17), both directed by Amy Prats. Adult students can take advantage of a music theory course and several group keyboard classes, and participate in the Northlake Community Band.

     "Our community outreach activities with Hammond's Westside Elementary School and the Southeastern Laboratory School have been especially successful this year, and we certainly plan to continue with them through the spring semester," Boulton said.

     Boulton said 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 at the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center in Walker.

     “Even in this period of economic stress, I am very encouraged by the commitment and loyalty shown by our many CMS families and students,” Boulton said.  “They clearly realize that musical education needs to be an ongoing investment in which we all share.”

     For more information, call (985)549-5502, or visit

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