CSA Summer Programs!


Summer 2019 Registration is now open!

Register today for Summer 2019 lessons, classes and ensembles.

Music Classes

Qi Gong, Ages 12 - Adult

Qi Gong (or Chi-Kung) is a precursor of Tai Chi. This class will focus on 24 postures divided into three sets. These exercises can be done at one time during a day or interspersed amid practice sessions, rehearsals, etc. to renew your energy and release tension. They also enable greater relaxation and concentration when practiced immediately before a performance.

Teacher: Eric Schroeder, MB 103, Fee: $65
6 Mondays, June 10 - July 15, 6 - 6:55 p.m.

Prelude, Ages 1 - 3* and Development, Ages 3* - 5

Sing, dance, play, and discover! Children explore and delight in the sights and sounds of our world through music listening, creative movement, songs, and lap games. The curriculum changes every semester. Development class provides children with the musical knowledge they need to begin private lessons. A caregiver must accompany each child to class.

*first time 3-year olds enroll in Prelude.
Teacher: Laurie Rodriguez, MB 103, Fee: $80
6 Saturdays, July 13, 20, 27 and Aug 10, 17, 24 - note later start date
Prelude: 10 - 10:30 a.m.
Development: 10:35 - 11:05 a.m.

Piano Starter, Ages 5 - 7

Children explore the instrument in a fun, small-group setting. For parents, this is a golden opportunity to see if your child is ready for private lessons. Students learn basic notes and position of keys and play simple tunes. Most of all, they have fun with the piano and with the other students. No previous experience is necessary. Parents are asked to purchase a book; information about this will be provided at the first class meeting. The class is limited to four students.

Teacher: Lauren McCombe, MB 451, Fee: $85
Tuesdays, June 11 - July 23, no class meeting July 2
4 - 4:40 p.m.

Adult Piano, Ages 13 - adult

Bring the joy of piano music to your life and enjoy getting to know fellow musicians in this beginning class. Learn simple tunes and basic skills such as reading music and chords. Every student plays on a keyboard in a piano classroom. Information about the book students are asked to purchase will be shared at the first meeting.

Teacher: Lauren McCombe, MB 100, Fee: $85
Tuesdays, June 11 - July 23, no class meeting July 2
5:15 - 6 p.m.

Guitar for Kids, Ages 8 – 12

Group Guitar for Kids provides children ages 8-12 with an introduction to guitar playing through a fun, song-oriented approach to learning. The study of music is both an individual journey and a social act, and group lessons foster an encouraging environment in which students can explore the art of making music. Exposure to fundamentals of music such as scales, chords, rhythm, melody, harmony, and playing technique allows students to begin building their own toolbox of musical skills, which can lead to confident and comfortable playing. No previous guitar experience is required; however, students should bring a guitar to class.

Teacher: Quentin Dover, MB 241, Fee: $90
6 Wednesdays, June 12 - July 24, no class meeting July 3
5 - 5:55 p.m.

Guitar Basics, Ages 13 – adult

Learn the fundamentals of the guitar, including how to read music and play songs, scales, and chords. Students learn some music theory and experience various styles of guitar techniques. Students are expected to bring a guitar to class. The fee includes the cost of a book.

Teacher: Quentin Dover, MB 241, Fee: $90
6 Wednesdays, June 12 - July 24, no class meeting July 3
6 - 6:55 p.m.

Intermediate Guitar, Ages 13 – Adult

Continue your study of the guitar, developing different styles of playing, continuing to learn music theory, and building more advanced playing techniques. Students are expected to bring a guitar to class. The fee includes the cost of a book.

Teacher: Quentin Dover, MB 241, Fee: $90
6 Wednesdays, June 12 - July 24, no class meeting July 3
7 - 7:55 p.m.


CSA Guitar Ensemble, Ages 14 - adult

Enjoy playing your guitar in an ensemble setting and gain confidence and skill on the instrument. This ensemble is designed for advanced beginners or intermediate players interested in rehearsing and performing in a group setting. It is ideal for those who have taken at least one semester of the Guitar Basics Class or who have had some previous guitar instruction. Students are expected to bring a guitar to class. Students perform on the final day of class.

Final night recital at 8 p.m. in the Recital Hall
Director: Quentin Dover, MB 241, Fee: $90
6 Wednesdays, June 12 – July 24, no rehearsal July 3
8 – 8:55 p.m.

NIUkulele Ensemble, Ages 9 - adult

Bring your ukulele and your zest for fun music-making to this new ensemble. Learn to play melodies, chords, and songs in many styles. Players learn to play solo and in unison and harmony. The class is designed for the beginning player and includes basic instruction on the instrument. Players with some experience are also welcome and are assigned more involved parts. All types of ukuleles are welcome (soprano, baritone, etc.) but you must bring your own ukulele to class.

Final night concert at 7 p.m. in the Recital Hall
Director: Eric Schroeder, MB 241, Fee: $90
6 Mondays, June 10 - July 15
7-7:55 p.m.

Summer Chamber Music Workshops

Visit the new Summer Workshops Page

Summer Music Lessons

Summer lessons begin the week of June 10 and end the week of July 22; the time and day of lessons are arranged at the mutual convenience of students and teachers. Click here to find CSA teacher biographies. Lessons may begin before the start of the summer session and may finish after the summer session ends; it is important to discuss vacation schedules. Lessons are taught in the Music Building unless other, mutually-agreed arrangements are made.

Hanna Bingham, violin
Karli Bunn, clarinet, flute, piano, saxophone, voice
Chano Cruz, bass
Chantel Davis, violin
Raelyn Erwin, drums, percussion
Izabella Gieron, piano, viola, violin
Michelle (Hiu-Tung) Lo, piano
Tanner Longfellow, viola
Agape Montero, piano
Christopher Monzel, viola, violin
Paul Perilles, drums
Victoria Pho, oboe, piano
Alex Pontious, saxophone
Alex Rattana, voice
Robert Ward, drums, percussion

Adam DuVall, saxophone
Lauren McCombe, harp, piano
Sunhye Yoon, voice

Ann (Yi-Chu) Chen, piano
Elizabeth Eastman-Becker, cello
Carolyn Wright, cello

Garth Anderson, trumpet
Aerie Bernard, clarinet, guitar
Kurt Bonamer, tuba, euphonium
Tom Cappaert, cello
Jodeen Coulter, voice, piano
Ben Crosby, oboe
Quentin Dover, guitar, guitar classes,
CSA guitar ensemble
Brianne Duncan-Fiore, voice, theater
Cheryl Haines, flute, recorder
Lynn Hansen, flute
Aaron Lenz, banjo, mandolin
Marilyn Montzka, piano
Laurie Rodriguez, violin, chamber music workshops,
early ed classes
Eric Schroeder, guitar,
NIUkulele ensemble
Tyler Shields, drums, piano
Michael Swope, trumpet
Molin Wang, piano

Ann Montzka-Smelser,
violin, viola
John Novak, piano, accordion
Linc Smelser, cello, ensembles

FACULTY (call for rates)
Gregory Barrett, clarinet
William Goldenberg, piano

Summer Semester - Six Private Lessons
Level 30 Minutes 45 Minutes 60 Minutes
Apprentice I $99 $149 $198
Apprentice II $104 $156 $208
Apprentice III $116 $174 $232
Associate $164 $246 $328
Faculty $202 $303 $404

General Information

Registration due date: June 3.

You are eligible for a $25 discount when:
• Different family members register for two or more activities on one form; or
• The same person registers for two or more activities on one form; or
• You are a senior age 65 or older. Discounts may not be combined.

Parking passes for the summer semester are available for $20 and can be used in the blue or yellow lots. Parking permit restrictions at NIU are not enforced after 5 p.m. or on weekends. NIU students and employees are not eligible for a CSA parking pass. Passes can be used for one car only, can take up to 10 days to process and will be mailed to you when ready. Note: Metered spaces are now available in two places: up to 90 minutes on Gilbert Drive and up to 4 hours near the Anderson Building.

Lesson Make-up Policy
Student Absence: One make-up lesson per semester is granted for excused absences (illness, family emergency, or religious observances) provided at least 24 hours (or as much notice as possible) is given. Sporting practices and events and routine doctors’
appointments are not considered excused absences, and missed lessons resulting from them will not be made up. Teacher Absence: If a teacher is unable to teach a lesson or class, he or she will inform the student/s and will reschedule the lesson or class. It is recommended that students keep a record of all lessons.