Uptown Music Collective to host open house

On April 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Uptown Music Collective will be hosting an Open House at the school’s facility in the Trade and Transit 2 Building located on the second floor of 144 W. Third St. The facility features eight private lesson suites, two classrooms, two ensemble rooms, an early childhood music suite, a computer lab, a recording studio, video studio and more.

In addition to tours of the facility, staff and teachers will be on hand to answer questions, discuss the school’s programs, and assist with enrollment for the upcoming Summer Semester. Enrollment is open for private lessons on guitar, vocals, bass, keyboards and drums, as well as for workshops in styles such as rock, blues and jazz. Enrollment will also be available for classes in music theory, songwriting, harmony and more. The Collective offers free classes and workshops to all students that are enrolled in private lessons at the school. The school also offers financial assistance upon request and scholarship opportunities.

The Collective’s 16-week summer semester is set to kick off on May 7. Throughout the summer semester, the school will put on two major events starting with the 10th Annual Blues-A-Thon Event June 1-2.

In collaboration with the Billtown Blues Association and The Brickyard Restaurant and Ale House, the Blues-A-Thon is a 24-hour fundraising event for the school. The second major summer event will be the Annual Summer Music Fest at the Brandon Park Band Shell in Williamsport on July 28th. Students will have the opportunity to be a part of the school’s upcoming summer semester events, on stage or behind the scenes at these and a variety of smaller community performances taking place throughout the semester.

In spite of the fact that the Collective is known for highly talented student performers, there is no previous experience needed to begin enrollment at the Collective. There are currently openings for students of all levels who are looking for private instruction as well as looking to participate in the school’s classes and workshops.

The school feels strongly about the role of music in creating well-rounded, thoughtful young people, and works to establish characteristics such as self-discipline and personal responsibility in each of its students through healthy habits such as practice and self- control.

Uptown Music Collective students consistently perform at high levels not only musically, but also in their respective schools and as valuable members of other community organizations.

For more information about the open house, getting enrolled at the Collective, or setting up a private tour call 570-329-0888, email Brendan Mondell at bren dan@uptownmusic.org or visit the Collective on the web at www.uptownmusic.org/openhouse.