(Nov. 20, 2009)--For students who want to learn to play the piano or regret not continuing those first classes when they were kids, the UTSA Department of Music may be able to help satisfy those creative urges.
Courtney Crappell, UTSA assistant professor of piano pedagogy, teaches a twice-a-week class for UTSA non-music majors needing an hour's credit to fill an elective requirement. His music laboratory is equipped with 14 new Yamaha CVP403 keyboards that can help students learn a variety of musical styles.
"We don't just learn classical piano music -- we also teach different styles like jazz improvisation and popular music styles," said Crappell. "Students in these small classes get a chance to receive one-on-one contact and share a cooperative experience with a unique group that will draw them closer together."
The class began last spring, and six students are enrolled this semester. Crappell would like to see the class filled so the program can expand with a second-level course to build on what students learned in the introductory piano course.
"One of my missions in life is to encourage the love of music and the love of music making for everyone," Crappell said. "I believe music makes a difference in people's lives and the quality of those lives."
For more information on the Piano for Non-Music Majors course, contact Courtney Crappell at 210-458-5331.
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