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Community makes music with USF


© St. Petersburg Times, published December 15, 2000

For the past 20 years, community art programs across the country have filled some of the voids left by funding cutbacks to arts in public schools.

They also provide lessons for those outside the school system.

More than 200 students, ages 2 to 85, participate in USF's Community Music Division, part of USF's Community Outreach.

On Sunday, the public will have a chance to see what the students have learned, from the Suzuki Method, to balancing and blending in an orchestra context, to entering and exiting the stage and how to bow correctly. Aspiring musicians can learn piano, voice, guitar, violin and woodwinds.

The non-credited programs range in cost from $165 to $595 for a 14-week session that follows a similar holiday schedule as Hillsborough County Schools.

The program boasts the teaching skills of such local musicians as Hispanic Heritage's Woman of the Year, Maria Herrera, and rocker/USF professor, Corey Holt.

Sunday's presentation will feature the students playing pieces from the Suzuki songbook, pieces from classical composers such as Bach and some Christmas and Hanukkah songs.

If you go

WHAT: Community Music Student Recital

WHEN: 2 p.m., Sunday

WHERE: Fine Arts Hall, Room 101, on The University of South Florida's Tampa campus

COST: Free

CALL: (813) 974-5792

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