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Western Illinois University’s Community Music School (CMS) is accepting 2011-2012 registrations for private student lessons on drums, voice, guitar and piano, as well as for Family Music Classes and the youth string orchestra. This year, CMS has added a teacher to coach a jazz combo as well as to teach private lessons on drums. Private voice lessons are now also offered. All ages and abilities are welcome to take lessons on all instruments!

Drum lessons, along with the new jazz combo program, will be taught by graduate student Steve Aldeman. Mr. Aldeman has been playing the drums professionally for over 35 years and has taught drummers of all ages for the past 25 years. As a performer, he has worked with artists from a variety of styles including Jazz, Blues, Rock and Pop and has performed in a variety of shows and theater productions. He has played with Joe Lovano, Bobby Shew, Richie Cole, Bobby Enriquez, Ira Sullivan, Larry Coryell, Eric Alexander, Matt Murphy, Blackie Schakner, David Brenner, Bob Newhart, and countless other musicians. The WIU Jazz program will oversee the combo program taught by Steve and will provide opportunities to work with the famed Jazz faculty. We are excited to have Steve come to Western and for these new programs!

Family Music classes will continue to offer music and movement for children aged 36 months to 5 years old. Classes will be held in Browne Hall on Tuesday evenings and taught again by the wonderful Courtney Johnson.

Voice lessons will be taught by Ashley Winston, a vocal music education major at WIU. She has appeared in numerous performances at Western, and continues to perform in several vocal groups. More information about the program can be found on the website.

Guitar lessons will be taught by Greg Myers this year, and are available for students aged five through adult. Students are encouraged to own their own guitar. More information about the program can be found on the website.

Piano lessons are offered for players of all levels. Students study one-on-one with their private teacher once per week for 15-, 30-, 45- or 60-minute lessons, which are offered from 3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday in Browne Hall 213. Contact Dr. Tammie Walker for lesson times, e-mail or phone 309-298-1237.

Auditions for the Youth String Orchestra will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3 in Browne Hall 129. Students should be prepared to play D, G and C major scales as well as a prepared piece/solo. Contact Dr. Richard Cangro for an audition time–email or phone 309- 298-3114.

For more information regarding CMS programs go to, or contact the director, Dr. Richard Cangro at 309-298-3114 or email at

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