Clinic will help high schoolers become ‘complete musicians’

After Memorial Day‚ the Kennesaw State University Department of Music will launch its first…

Georgia (May 31, 2006) — Clinic will help high schoolers become ‘complete musicians’

Cheryl Anderson Brown

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After Memorial Day‚ the Kennesaw State University Department of Music will launch its first ever music clinic for high school students. The five−day (May 30−June 3) clinic offers a comprehensive music experience for students of orchestra‚ band‚ chorus and piano.

More than 50 students in the area have signed up for the clinic. They will will learn from more than two dozen of Kennesaw State’s stellar artist−teachers‚ including Cobb Symphony Orchestra and KSU Orchestra director Michael Alexander‚ who has organized the clinic. Students will have daily ensembles‚ masterclasses‚ music theory‚ conducting‚ dalcroze and other classes to help prepare them as complete musicians. Students also will receive daily individual coachings and lessons. The week crescendos on Saturday‚ June 3 with performances by the students. Rising seniors who participate in the clinic will be considered for music scholarships at Kennesaw State.

“Michael Alexander and the applied music faculty have done a terrific job building the awareness and relationships necessary to make the music clinic available for high school students‚” said Peter Witte‚ chair of the music department‚ who also emphasizes the importance of the clinic for the department’s future growth. “As a result of programs like this‚ KSU’s faculty will be able to make music with great students from our local schools. It’s another way the KSU College of the Arts connects with our community.”

Joseph Meeks‚ Dean of the KSU College of the Arts in which the department is housed‚ sees the clinic as a hallmark of things to come. “This is the first of what we hope will be many summer programs for high school students in the future. In the next few years‚ I’d like to see the College expand music’s offerings and also add programs in theatre‚ dance and visual arts.”

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Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population exceeding 18‚000 from 129 countries. The third largest state university out of 35 institutions in the University System of Georgia‚ KSU offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts programs.



A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 38,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.

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