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WKU to offer 2 summer music camps

Through a partnership between WKU Continuing Education and the WKU Department of Music, children interested in violin, viola, cello or double bass have access to String Explosion!, a weeklong day camp. This summer, the music partnership will expand to also offer a summer camp for students interested in guitar.

Big Red Gig is for all levels of guitar students, including beginners. WKU Director of Guitar and Music Technology Studies John Martin will instruct students in proper technique, chord and scale shapes, basic music theory, rhythm, performance and more.

The guitar camp takes place June 25-29 at the Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center on the WKU campus. Morning camp is for students ages 7-11 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Afternoon camp is for ages 12-18 from 1-4:30 p.m.

String Explosion is for children ages four through 12th grade. The program teaches strings to students from all skill levels, from beginner to advanced, in an orchestra setting. Students are divided into age groups based on their skill level and instructed by WKU Music Department faculty. Morning camp is for violin, viola and cello students using the Suzuki teaching method and is geared for children ages 4-7. Afternoon camp is for violin, viola cello and double bass students in fourth through 12th grade.

Students who don’t have an instrument can participate in a $10 instrument rental program through an arrangement with Royal Music. Students should contact Royal Music at (270) 842-9435 or stop by 830 Fairview Ave. for rental details.

Early registration for both camps ($70) is going on through April 30. The deadline for regular registration ($85) is May 30. The programs take place at the Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center on the WKU campus.

For more information on Big Red Gig, visit www.wku.edu/guitar. The more information on String Explosion, visit www.wku.edu/ce/strings.

Contact: Sharon Woodward, (270) 745-1910.

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