Uptown Music Collective begins enrollment for fall semester

With back to school time right around the corner, the area’s premier nonprofit school of music is gearing up to kick off a brand new semester. The Uptown Music Collective will be holding their annual Fall Open House at 6 p.m. Aug 21 as part of its Fall Enrollment Week. The open house will be held at the Collective’s facilities at 848 W. Fourth St.

During the Fall Open House, prospective students will be able to enroll for the school’s 16 week fall semester as well as tour the facilities and meet with teachers. Workshops will be going on during the hours of the open house so those in attendance can see what takes place at the school on a daily basis.

The fall semester will run from Sept. 2 until Jan. 10, 2015. There are currently openings for students of all levels who are looking for private instruction on the guitar, bass, drums, keyboards/piano and voice. There is no previous experience needed to begin enrollment in The Collective. The Uptown Music Collective will also be offering its popular workshop series which includes Jazz, Rock, and Blues, Drum Technique, Vocal Performance, and the popular Tech Monkey workshop. Classes will be in full swing as well, including Music Theory 1 through 3 and Harmony.

Students will also have the opportunity to be a part of the school’s upcoming fall semester performance events, on stage or behind the scenes. These events include the fall student recital, the school’s major fall performance, as well as a variety of smaller community performances.

Established in April of 2000, the Uptown Music Collective (a 501c 3 nonprofit school of music) has developed a reputation as the premier source of music education in the area, with an enrollment of over 130 students. Offering private lessons at all levels on guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and vocals, as well as classes and workshops in music theory, songwriting, and styles such as the Blues, Jazz, Classical and Rock. The primary age range of the Collective is 10 18 years old, but is open to all ages and levels. Along with private lessons, the UMC offers a myriad of programs including its flagship Performance Program. This program educates students about the ins and outs of major and minor performances, including direction, production, preparation and technical aspects of the performances. The program brings outstanding student run performances to the area, including most recently, With A Little Help from My Friends: A Tribute to The Beatles.

The Uptown Music Collective is committed to providing comprehensive music education to dedicated music students in the Williamsport community and surrounding areas. 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 Collective’s upcoming fall semester call 570-329-0888, email Jared at jared@uptown music.org, or visit www.up townmusic.org.ster