The Community Arts School at The University of Southern Mississippi
is now taking registrations for fall 2003 "Arts for All Ages"
a slate of 11 classes starting in September that runs through December
that include music, art and dance," said Kaye Chambless, director
of the school. "It is never too early or too late to begin
an arts education. That is why we have classes like 'Music Play'-
designed for newborns to age 4 - to art, music and dance classes
for all ages."
Arts School opened in 1997 as an educational arm of the Partners
for the Arts organization, which was founded to support the arts
at Southern Miss and in the community. Its mission as a community
school is to provide "high-quality, affordable instruction
in music, theater, dance and the visual arts to Hattiesburg and
the surrounding areas."
was formed on the belief that the arts enhance the quality of life
for all citizens," Chambless said. "It has been proven
that children who study the arts will do better in math and science
and will experience better health and higher concentration levels.
We still believe this to be true, now more than ever, as we have
seen firsthand the benefits our students have gained by being a
part of this program."
aspect of the school is the opportunity to establish teaching fellows
for the students in the College of Arts and Letters at Southern
Miss. Students majoring in music, art, dance and theater facilitate
most of the instruction, specifically through private lessons.
teachers are among the best I have ever worked with in my extensive
career as a music teacher," Chambless said. "The students
here at Southern Miss are intelligent, very talented and highly
motivated. Their professionalism at this early stage of their chosen
careers has been very impressive, especially in their concern for
fulfilling their responsibilities."
Fall 2003 classes
include private lessons in music and art, Music Play; Piano for
Hopelessly Busy People; Suzuki Strings for Young Children; Art Classes;
Dance and Music for Children, ages 4-7; Pre-Ballet for Children,
ages 4-7; Creative Movement for Children, ages 6-10; Tap and Hip-Hop/Jazz/Funk
participants may register now from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday through
Friday, at the Mannoni Performing Arts Center, Room 112. Registrations
by telephone can be made with a credit card by calling (601) 266-4985.
To view a list
of all fall classes with dates, costs and requirements, visit the
College of Arts and Letters Web site at www.usm.edu/arts.