The Haywood County Arts Council is sponsoring a pilot class for older adults, age 55 and older, wishing to learn to play the piano. The class will run for five weeks, beginning January 23rd & 24th, 2017 (depending on class selection). If classes fill or students wish to continue after five weeks, additional class sessions will be scheduled. Studies show that older adults who actively participate in music benefit in many areas of life, including physical, mental, psychological, and social.
These lessons will be ideal for older adults that may have taken (or wished they had taken) piano lessons as children. Students are invited to learn in a no-stress environment, with small classes of 2-4 people only. The cost for the five classes is $60, plus a materials fee for a music book (less than $20).
Lindsey Solomon, Executive Director of the Haywood County Arts Council explains, “This project was started because a passionate music teacher, Susan Huckaby, wished to use her skills to reach the older adult population. We’re very excited she decided to approach us as a partner, and we look forward to exploring what else we can offer the community.” Susan Huckaby moved to Waynesville from Nashville, TN, three years ago. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music, as well as a Ph.D. in worship studies. She has taught piano lessons for over 30 years, as well as elementary, middle school, high school, and college-level music classes, in addition directing church choirs for many years. She currently teaches undergraduate-level music appreciation courses online.
If you are interested in signing up for classes, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Class sizes are limited, but additional courses may be offered if there is a demand. For more information on Haywood County Arts Council programs and events, visit HaywoodArts.org.