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Registration open for Southeastern Community Music School

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt


     HAMMOND – Registration is underway for the fall session of Southeastern Louisiana University’s Community Music School (CMS), which begins Monday, August 29. 
     Registration remains open throughout the semester; however, a late registration fee of $20 will be assessed after August 20.
     Students of all ages and backgrounds may participate in private lessons, classes and ensembles taught by Southeastern’s music faculty and student instructors. 
     CMS Director Jivka Jeleva said the CMS is well known in Hammond and the surrounding Northshore communities and is characterized by high quality instruction, competitive rates and a stress free environment. 
     “The real advantage of our CMS program continues to be the one-on-one, nurturing music instruction given by our superb faculty, which is second to none,” said Jeleva.  “CMS students who matriculate through our system and desire to pursue a music degree at Southeastern are always among the top scholarship recipients.”
     In addition to the main campus, CMS is again offering a variety of musical instruction through either private lessons or group classes at the St. Tammany Center in the parish governmental complex on Koop Drive north of Mandeville and at the Livingston Literacy and Technology Center in Walker, including the following three classes:
     • High School/Adult Group Piano Class is offered at both the Southeastern main campus and the Livingston Literacy and Technology Center. Taught by Lucian Zidaru, the course content includes basic piano skills, music reading, chords playing, improvisation and technique development. It is suitable for beginners as well as those who have played previously.
     • Beginning Group Violin Class is scheduled at the Livingston Literacy and Technology Center in Walker. Taught by Jeleva, the class will lay the foundations of violin playing and basic music theory, while developing listening and ensemble skills.
     • Music Theory classes are at the Southeastern campus location in Hammond. Taught by Jordan Foster, the classes include lessons on notation, musical terms, ear training and dictation, basic harmony, sight singing, analysis and the basics of composition. The curriculum will help students apply these skills directly to performance study. Students unsure of the appropriate class will take a placement test and, based upon results, be assigned to an elementary, intermediate, advanced or adult theory class.
     All three classes include 10 one-hour lessons over a period of 10 weeks and begin the week of Sept. 6.
     For more information about these and all CMS programs and general registration, call 985-549-5502, or visit the CMS website at

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