Community Education students will be joining CR’s college credit students in the same classroom in these innovative classes. Credit students will receive grades and college credit that will transfer to the California State University system. Community Education (CE) students will participate fully in all of the class activities, but will not receive college credit.
The CE department is offering students the opportunity to buy two CR music classes and get one free. Each class is $149.
CR’s music classes have long been popular with the community and now anyone can join. In order to simultaneously meet CR students’ needs for transfer credit and to serve the North Coast community’s desire for personal enrichment opportunities in music, CR’s music faculty and administration developed an innovative new two-tier enrollment system that involves offering enrollments through both its Community Education department and as regular college credit classes.
“This unique, two-tier enrollment system will allow students who have previously taken CR classes a way to continue to participate in CR’s music program,” said CR president Kathy Smith.
”The instructors are hoping to see a blend of new and familiar faces,” said CR music professor Ed Macan.
CR associate faculty member Ruben Diaz will teach beginning and intermediate guitar students in a group setting. The class includes familiarization with the fret board, fundamental music notation, common chord progressions, and the develop¬ment of finger independence. Intermediate students will also continue their development of guitar skills in both group and individual formats. Students continue to develop finger independence and chord construction abilities, and are introduced to reading notes from the treble clef, improvising over common chord changes, and performance practices appropriate to specific musical styles.
The beginning classes are an excellent hands-on opportunity to start exploring music, said Macan. The beginning band instruments classes give students an opportunity to bring their own or rented instruments and learn how to play brass, percussion or woodwind instruments.
New and returning adult students of all ages are welcome through the Community Education class. For schedules and more information on Community Education registration go to http://www.redwoods.edu/departments/community-ed/PersonalEnrichment.asp or call 269-4000. Community Education registration is open now. To register for college credit, go to www.redwoods.edu and enroll through WebAdvisor. Space is limited in each class, so early registration is advised to secure a seat in a class
”This creative, two-tier solution for our music classes is an example of CR meeting a variety of community needs in a unique format,” Smith said. “We are actively looking at developing additional noncredit and personal enrichment courses to be offered through our Community Education program to provide new opportunities for North Coast residents.”