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OSU offers piano classes for Stillwater residents

An Oklahoma State University music professor is offering a new, non-credit piano class for Stillwater-area adults.  Aimed at beginners and those who wish to brush up on their skills, Introduction to Piano will take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings between 5:30 and 6:20 p.m. from Aug. 22 – Dec. 8 inside the Seretean Center for the Performing Arts at OSU. 

Instructor Nataša Kaurin-Karača has taught Class Piano at OSU since 2006 and has 15 years overall of delivering piano instruction.  She plans to take the fundamentals of that class and adapt them for beginning students in the community.  
 
“Perhaps they always wanted to learn to play, but were reluctant to start with individual lessons or they thought it would take years of lessons to be able to play confidently,” Kaurin-Karača said.  “Taking Class Piano is a wonderful way to make that first step and may start a new, highly-rewarding hobby.”  
 
Over the course of 16 weeks, students will learn the basics of piano, but will soon move to both classical and popular music repertoire.  Assignments may also be tailored to the interest of individual students.  No experience is necessary to enroll in the class.  
 
“If a student played a different instrument and already knows some basics of notation, that will only speed up the process for them but even students with no experience are welcome,” Kaurin-Karača said.   
 
A typical lesson includes several activities introducing new repertoire, harmonization of folk and popular tunes, ensemble playing, sight-reading, and technical exercises.  It is a non-credit course, so no quizzes or tests will be administered and grades will not be assigned.  There will be a final performance, which is open to the public.  
 
Registration is $350 for the 16-week class and is due by Aug. 8. 
  
To register online or for more information, visit http://asoutreach.okstate.edu/community/piano or contact Program Coordinator Christine Nichols at Christine.nichols@okstate.edu or (405) 744-8459.