AFA adds programs to schedule

PLAINVIEW – The Academy of Fine Arts at Wayland Baptist University has expanded its offerings for the new season, including programs such as a children’s chorus, vocal technique classes and the international Kindermusik program.

Registration for all of the Academy’s course offerings will be held Aug. 15-16 from 4-7 p.m. in the Harral Fine Arts Center on the Wayland campus. Students will register for the new classes as well as course offerings in art, theatre, piano, brass, woodwinds and guitars.

Kindermusik International is a program designed to encourage young children and parents to explore music. The program bases its curricula on proven research in child development, combining music and movement to teach not only the child, but parents as well. The program is being used by more than 5,000 licensed educators in 35 countries.

Mrs. Jennie Lynn Hodges has completed the first stage of the Kindermusik International certification training. She will be offering the classes to students ages 5-7. As Hodges and others continue through the certification process, the classes will be offered to younger children in the future.

Cost for the Kindermusik program is $218 which includes a package of three musical instruments. Additional children from the same family can register for $174. The fees and curriculum are set by Kindermusik International.

Hodges will also be teaching vocal technique classes for students in grades 3 through 12. Due to an abundance of students seeking private lessons, the Academy has decided to take the elements of a private lesson and mold them into classes of 8 to 12 students. Hodges feels these classes will not only meet the needs of students requiring formal vocal training, but will enhance their experience through additional class time and the opportunity to study and compete with other students.

Like private lessons, each class will include training in vocal technique, sight-singing and repertoire development, but the time has been extended from 30-minute lessons to hour-long classes. The all-region and all-state tracks will have both treble and tenor/bass sections available

For more information on the Kindermusik program or the vocal technique classes, contact Hodges at 296-0770.

Ms. Debbie Flournoy, director of vocal music education at Wayland, will offer a children’s chorus for students ages 8-11. Flournoy has conducted, composed and arranged music for numerous children’s choral programs. Auditions will be held during the AFA open enrollment. Students will be required to match basic pitch and rhythm and show evidence of basic music training.

Flournoy is excited about the opportunity to teach children in a choral setting.

“This program will enhance music development and train young artists through the performance of sacred and secular repertoire of all periods and cultures,” Flournoy said. “This is an exciting opportunity to add to the quality and quantity of our community music education options.”

The children’s chorus will perform formal and informal concerts throughout the Plainview area with a full concert event at Harral auditorium planned for the end of each semester.

Classes cost $105 and include class and music fees as well as a t-shirt and uniform rental. Additional children from the same family may register for $40. For more information on the chorus, contact Flournoy at 291-1075.

Dr. Ann Stutes, who serves as director of the Academy, is excited about the possibilities of the new course offerings.

“The new course offerings and the redesigned vocal technique classes will allow the AFA to meet the musical needs of more Plainview area students with an outstanding level of quality instruction,” Stutes said. “We are thrilled to be able to offer each of these new programs as well as traditional lessons.”