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CSA Summer Programs!


Registration is now open for CSA Summer Programs! The deadline to register is June 6 (May 3 for Summer Chamber Music Intensive) so sign up today!

Music Classes

Qi Gong, Ages 12 - Adult

Qi Gong (or Chi-Kung) is a precursor of Tai Chi. This class will focus on 24 postures divided into three sets. These exercises can be done at one time during a day or interspersed amid practice sessions, rehearsals, etc. to renew your energy and release tension. They also enable greater relaxation and concentration when practiced immediately before a performance.

Teacher: Eric Schroeder, MB 103, Fee: $65
6 Mondays, June 13 - July 25, 5 - 6:00 p.m.  No class July 4

Prelude, Ages 1 - 3* and Development, Ages 3* - 5

Sing, dance, play, and discover! Children explore and delight in the sights and sounds of our world through music listening, creative movement, songs, and lap games. The curriculum changes every semester. Development class provides children with the musical knowledge they need to begin private lessons. A caregiver must accompany each child to class.

*first time 3-year olds enroll in Prelude.
Teacher: Laurie Rodriguez, MB 103, Fee: $80
6 Saturdays, June 25– August 6, no class July 2
Prelude: 10 - 10:30 a.m.
Development: 10:35 - 11:05 a.m.

Piano Starter, Ages 5 - 7

Children explore the instrument in a fun, small-group setting. For parents, this is a golden opportunity to see if your child is ready for private lessons. Students learn basic notes and position of keys and play simple tunes. Most of all, they have fun with the piano and with the other students. No previous experience is necessary. Parents are asked to purchase a book; information about this will be provided at the first class meeting. The class is limited to four students.

Teacher: Jaina Krueger, MB 451, Fee: $85
Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 14 - June 30
4 - 4:40 p.m.

Adult Piano, Ages 13 - adult

Bring the joy of piano music to your life and enjoy getting to know fellow musicians in this beginning class. Learn simple tunes and basic skills such as reading music and chords. Every student plays on a keyboard in a piano classroom. Information about the book students are asked to purchase will be shared at the first meeting.

Teacher: Jaina Krueger, MB 100, Fee: $85
Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 14 – June 30
6:15 - 6:55 p.m.

Guitar for Kids, Ages 8 – 12

Group Guitar for Kids provides children ages 8-12 with an introduction to guitar playing through a fun, song-oriented approach to learning. The study of music is both an individual journey and a social act, and group lessons foster an encouraging environment in which students can explore the art of making music. Exposure to fundamentals of music such as scales, chords, rhythm, melody, harmony, and playing technique allows students to begin building their own toolbox of musical skills, which can lead to confident and comfortable playing. No previous guitar experience is required; however, students should bring a guitar to class.

Teacher: Quentin Dover, MB 241, Fee: $90
6 Wednesdays, June 15 - July 27, no class July 6
5 - 5:55 p.m.

Guitar Basics, Ages 13 – adult

Learn the fundamentals of the guitar, including how to read music and play songs, scales, and chords. Students learn some music theory and experience various styles of guitar techniques. Students are expected to bring a guitar to class. The fee includes the cost of a book.

Teacher: Quentin Dover, MB 241, Fee: $90
6 Wednesdays, June 15 - July 27, no class July 6
6 - 6:55 p.m.

Intermediate Guitar, Ages 13 – Adult

Continue your study of the guitar, developing different styles of playing, continuing to learn music theory, and building more advanced playing techniques. Students are expected to bring a guitar to class. The fee includes the cost of a book.

Teacher: Quentin Dover, MB 241, Fee: $90
6 Wednesdays, June 15 - July 27, no class July 6
7 - 7:55 p.m.


CSA Guitar Ensemble, Ages 14 - adult

Enjoy playing your guitar in an ensemble setting and gain confidence and skill on the instrument. This ensemble is designed for advanced beginners or intermediate players interested in rehearsing and performing in a group setting. It is ideal for those who have taken at least one semester of the Guitar Basics Class or who have had some previous guitar instruction. Students are expected to bring a guitar to class. Students perform on the final day of class.

Final night recital at 8 p.m.
Director: Quentin Dover, MB 241, Fee: $90
6 Wednesdays, June 15 – July 27, no class July 6,
8 – 8:55 p.m.

NIUkulele Ensemble, Ages 9 - adult

Bring your ukulele and your zest for fun music-making to this new ensemble. Learn to play melodies, chords, and songs in many styles. Players learn to play solo and in unison and harmony. The class is designed for the beginning player and includes basic instruction on the instrument. Players with some experience are also welcome and are assigned more involved parts. All types of ukuleles are welcome (soprano, baritone, etc.) but you must bring your own ukulele to class.

Final night concert at 7 p.m. in the Recital Hall
Director: Eric Schroeder, MB 241, Fee: $90
6 Mondays, June 13 - July 25, no class July 4th,
7-7:55 p.m.

Summer Chamber Music Workshops

Students are admitted by audition.  Auditions take place on May 9 starting at 4 p.m. To reserve an audition time, submit a registration form with the $15 non-refundable registration fee by May 3. Participants are expected to attend all rehearsals and the recital, so check your schedule before registering.

Advanced String Quartet Workshop, Ages 12 - 19

Students improve musicianship and ensemble skills as they rehearse and are coached in two different quartets. Each student will perform in a quartet at the masterclass taught by international concert violinist Rachel Barton Pine. Activities also include a sight-reading party and seminars on music theory, history, and rehearsal techniques.  All quartets will perform in the final day recital in the Concert Hall.

Director: Laurie Rodriguez
Registration Deadline: April 29
Sight-reading Party: June 21, MB 103, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Workshop: June 27 - 30, MB 103, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Recital: June 30, Concert Hall, 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $200

Junior Chamber Music Workshop, Ages 8 - 15

Young string and woodwind players have fun learning and rehearsing duets, rounds, or quartets, based on their level and experience.  Students refine reading skills, learn more about playing music with others, and gain listening and leadership skills. Final day recital is at 11 a.m. in the Concert Hall.

Director: Laurie Rodriguez
Registration Deadline: April 29
Sight-reading Party: June 21, MB 103, 5:45 - 6:45 p.m.
Workshop: June 27 - 30, MB 103, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Recital: June 30, Concert Hall, 11:00 a.m.
Fee: $120

Summer Percussion Camp

Beginner and Intermediate Sessions, Ages 9 - 17
Join CSA percussion teacher Alexis Lamb for this week-long percussion program at NIU. The camp includes daily classes, workshops, and instruction in the many forms of percussion including mallet pieces, found instruments, world instruments, and group compositions, as well as a chance to perform in the concert at the end of the week!
Director: Alexis Lamb
Beginner Session: June 20 - 24, MB 153, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Intermediate Session: June 20 - 24, MB 153, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Concert: June 24, MB 153, 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $150

Summer Music Lessons

Summer semester lessons begin the week of June 13 and end the week of July 25; the time and day of lessons are arranged at the mutual convenience of students and teachers. Click here to find CSA teacher biographies. Lessons may begin before the start of the semester and may finish after the semester’s end; it is important to discuss vacation schedules. Lessons are taught in the Music Building unless other, mutually-agreed arrangements are made.

Hanna Bingham, violin
Samuel Doran, steelpan
Brittani Moore, voice
Danielle Pivonka, piano, violin

Ryan Chamberlain, bass
Brayana Jeannet, harp, piano
Alexis Lamb, percussion,
guitar, electric bass
Yajing Li, piano
Carolyn Snyder, viola, violin
Xiaoshu Zhou, piano

Elizabeth Eastman-Becker, cello
Evan King, saxophone
Yurong ‘Ria’ Yang, piano
Carolyn Wright, cello

Garth Anderson, trumpet
Kurt Bonamer, tuba, euphonium
Soo-Yon Choi, piano
Tom Cappaert, cello
Jodeen Coulter, voice, piano
Ben Crosby, oboe
Quentin Dover, guitar, guitar classes,
CSA guitar ensemble
Cheryl Haines, flute, recorder
Lynn Hansen, flute
Jaina Krueger, harp, piano, piano classes
Aaron Lenz, banjo, mandolin
Marilyn Montzka, piano
Dan Mueller, tuba, euphonium
Victoria Peel, art
Anthony Perrella Jr., electronic music
Laurie Rodriguez, violin, chamber music workshops,
early ed classes
Eric Schroeder, guitar,
NIUkulele ensemble
Kate Swope, French horn
Michael Swope, trumpet
Ben Weaver, percussion

Ann Montzka-Smelser,
violin, viola
John Novak, piano, accordion
Linc Smelser, cello, ensembles

FACULTY (call for rates)
Gregory Barrett, clarinet
William Goldenberg, piano

Summer Semester - Six Private Lessons
Level 30 Minutes 45 Minutes 60 Minutes
Apprentice I $99 $149 $198
Apprentice II $104 $156 $208
Apprentice III $116 $174 $232
Associate $164 $246 $328
Faculty $202 $303 $404

General Information

Complete the registration form and mail to the address below, or complete our online registration form, by June 6. You may fax your form with credit card information or you may register in our office. All registration forms must be accompanied by full payment, including a non-refundable $15 registration fee
for each person. Those auditioning for Junior Chamber or Advanced String Quartet Workshops must register by May 3 and pay the $15 registration fee; auditions will be scheduled on May 9 starting at 4 p.m. and the balance is due upon acceptance. Payment may be made by check or credit card. Make checks payable to
Northern Illinois University. Our office hours this summer are 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday.

You are eligible for a $25 discount when:
• Different family members register for two or more activities on one form; or
• The same person registers for two or more activities on one form; or
• You are a senior age 65 or older. Discounts may not be combined.

Parking passes for the summer semester are available for $20 and can be used in the blue or yellow lots. Parking permit restrictions at NIU are not enforced after 7 p.m. or on weekends. NIU students and employees are not eligible for a CSA parking pass. Passes can be used for one car only, can take up to 10 days to
process and will be mailed to you when ready. Note: Metered spaces are now available in two places: up to 1 hour on Gilbert Drive and up to 4 hours near the Anderson Building.

Lesson Make-up Policy
Student Absence: One make-up lesson per semester is granted for excused absences (illness, family emergency, or religious observances) provided at least 24 hours (or as much notice as possible) is given. Sporting practices and events and routine doctors’
appointments are not considered excused absences, and missed lessons resulting from them will not be made up. Teacher Absence: If a teacher is unable to teach a lesson or class, he or she will inform the student/s and will reschedule the lesson or class. It is recommended that students keep a record of all lessons.

Refunds and Withdrawals
A student who wishes to withdraw from lessons, classes or ensembles must contact the CSA office; it is not sufficient to speak with the instructor. A doctor’s note is required for all refunds requested for medical reasons. Mail to the address below or drop off in our office.
Students are expected to pay for all lessons, classes, and rehearsals attended and/or scheduled prior to the request to withdraw. Decisions about refunds are made at the discretion of the office; last minute requests may not be honored.