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April 21, 2004
CONTACT: Kathleen Shields

EMU's Community Music Academy presents
spring recital April 23

YPSILANTI - Ypsilanti-area students who take music lessons at Eastern Michigan University's Community Music Academy (CMA) will perform Friday, April 23, 7:30 p.m., in the recital hall of the Alexander Music Building.   The recital is free and open to the public.

"We have students from age 6-60 in the recital this year, including quite a few adults who've gotten up the nerve to perform," said Rachel Zirk, CMA director. "Usually they are more hesitant to get up on stage, or they think recitals are just for children. We emphasize that musicianship includes performance skills in our classes, so it's exciting to see them eager to perform."

The Academy provides non-credit music instruction to children and adults from Ypsilanti and the surrounding communities. Programs are provided for students of all ages --from piano and string instrument classes for the very young, to private and group instruction in voice, piano and string instruments for adults.  

Academy instructors have master's and doctoral degrees in music teaching and performance, or the equivalent in teaching experience and training. Most of the instructors also teach in EMU's School of Music. For more information, call 487.9750.


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