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UND Community Music Program
Group Classes & Individual Lessons
UND Community Music is offering group classes and individual lessons for beginners through advanced students from age 5 to adult. Classes will be held at Hughes Fine Arts on the UND campus.
- Lessons are 30 minutes long. One hour lessons are available upon request.
- Lessons offer individualized teaching to accommodate the level and abilities of every student.
- Reinforce and build upon school music lessons.
- Lessons are recommended especially for intermediate and advance players.
- Classes are one hour long.
- Playing with others is fun! Students will learn to play an instrument in a small group with other students of similar age and ability. Students that perceive one-on-one as "intimidating" often find class lessons more suitable to their learning style. Strings or piano classes can be just as fun as ballet or karate!
- Learn to collaborate with other students. Students can broaden their musiocal knowledge through group trivia, improvisation, and ensemble activities.
- Students can learn from their peers as well as their teacher.
- Start lessons before lessons are available at school.
- For string group lessons are an excellent opportunity to prepare for an audition for the Northern Valley Youth Orchestra.
- Adult string students can participate in a fulfilling enrichment activity and prepare themselves for the UND Community Orchestra!
Tuition & Payment Options
Ten lessons/classes may be paid:
- by semester for $180
- in two installments of $90 per installment, payable before the first and sixth lesson/class.
An additional $20 registration fee will be due upon registration. Books/materials are the responsibility of the student, approximately $10.
A tuition refund will not be given following the start of classes.
Tamara Auer, violin and viola
Tamara Auer, from Sydney, Australia, started studying violin at age 9 and in 2003 was accepted into the Australian Institute of Music, Sydney. From 2006 to 2008 she played viola in SBS Youth Orchestra performing in the annual Opera Highlights concert at the Sydney Opera House and touring Germany, Poland and Vienna producing televised broadcast performances for SBS television. In 2009 Tamara moved to Italy and was accepted into the Milan Conservatory where she completed an undergraduate music degree in viola performance with Maestro Claudio Pavolini. In 2012 she returned to Sydney and taught violin and conducted string ensembles at Santa Sabina College and St Philip Neri Catholic School. During this time she also performing extensively as a freelance violist for musical theatre productions across Sydney as well as playing in the Ryde Hunters Hill Symphony Orchestra and The Metropolitan Orchestra, Sydney.
In 2013 she returned to Italy and was invited to take part in the ‘Rencontres Musicales de Mediterranee’ Festival in Corsica where she performed Verdi's String Quartet and Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings with the Milan Conservatory string ensemble. In 2014 she was principal viola in a production of the Marriage of Figaro at the Lahn Festival in Frankfurt, Germany. In May 2015 she was awarded first prize in the string quartet category in the 'National Chamber Music Competition for Young Performers' in Milan, Italy. Tamara is now completing a Masters in Music (Viola Performance) at the University of North Dakota and plays in the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra.
Diego Rodriguez, cello
Born in Venezuela, Diego received his undergraduate degree from the University of Memphis, majoring in music and cello performance. Currently, he is pursuing his master degree at UND with a double major in cello performance and orchestral conducting.
Before coming to United States, Diego already had ten invaluable years of orchestral and teaching experience as chief member of the world-renowned and leading musical and social program “El Sistema.” His playing and teaching has always been characterized by enthusiasm and perseverance. He considers it an honor to be able to perform and teach music.
Diego’s goal as a Grand Forks community member and as an UND graduate student is to make his experience accessible and available to many people. He is excited and grateful to have the opportunity to teach as part of the Community Music Program.
Mei-Chuan Lin, piano
M.M. Piano Performance
PhD. Music Education: Piano (2018)
Mei-Chuan Lin, born in Taiwan, has graduated from the prestigious Cleveland Institute of Music, where she was successfully granted the master degree in Piano Performance. Now she is pursuing a doctorate degree at UND in music education having the piano pedagogy as her main focus. Before starting the doctoral program at UND, Mei-Chuan Lin was a music teacher at The National Pingtung University in Taiwan. She also taught piano lesson, sight singing and ear training courses in three famous music high schools in southern Taiwan. She is an enthusiastic teacher and loves to share her knowledge with her students. She decided to continue her studies under Dr. Norman Dearden and Dr. Sugiura at UND because she has realized that music and the pedagogy of music is her life long passion.
Ms. Lin’s distinctions in Taiwan:
- Teaching Credential
- 2001 National College Instructor License, Taiwan Ministry of Education
- Selected Work Experience
- 2014 Music Director, Pingtung County Association of Music Facilitator
- 2014 Curator, Musical Concert
- 2011 Judge, the piano group, National Student Music Contest Finals.
- 1999 Committee Member, Pingtung Excellent Performance Arts Contest
UND Community Orchestra
The UND Community Orchestra, an adult novice string orchestra, runs during the fall and spring semesters. Registration is open to adults age 18 and up who play violin, viola, cello, bass, or harp. There is no audition required. The orchestra meets weekly on Thursday evenings.
The Fall 2018 program begins September 27th. Register to join the fall program by September 21st.
Please contact Kara Hartten with any questions and further details.
Kara Hartten, Community Orchestra Conductor