Auburn University Music Project to expand program, information night to be held Dec. 12

Published: December 05, 2017
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The Auburn University Music Project, or AUMP, program is expanding to include beginner lessons for winds, brass and percussion instruments. The program, based in the Department of Music in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University, currently features group lessons for beginner orchestral string players in grades 3-5.

The classes follow the Auburn University academic calendar, and meet twice per week for 90 minutes over a 12-week semester. An important aspect of the program is an affordable fee to make the program available to students who might not otherwise have an opportunity to learn a string instrument. One semester costs an average of $6 per session, whereas a regular private session costs upwards of $40 per hour.

“Studies have shown that children’s involvement in music aids in their emotional and behavioral maturation, as well as helping to develop fine motor skills,” said Kristin Leitterman, assistant professor of double reeds.

The Auburn University Music Project was established by Assistant Professor Guy Harrison in the fall of 2015. In January 2018, AUMP will expand to include winds, brass and percussion for beginner players in grades 5-6. Classes for all instruments will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center. Tuition for the semester is $150, plus instrument rental. A limited number of partial financial scholarships are available based on financial need.

"We feel so fortunate that Dr. Harrison started the AUMP. Our daughter is receiving a top-notch music education and at an earlier age than she might have without this program. This is the best value in music education that we have ever seen," said parents Laurinda and Scott Ketring. "I think the AUMP will give Auburn City Schools' music program a significant boost for years to come. We are incredibly pleased with how Dr. Harrison and his instructors are teaching young string players, and we are grateful to have our daughter participate."

An information night will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center in Auburn, where parents and students can ask questions, explore instruments and register for the spring semester. For more information, contact Leitterman at kjl0037@auburn.edu.