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Arts Cooperative Announces School of the Arts

The Marshall County Arts Cooperative is offering a series of art classes for adults. The series, School of the Arts, will offer classes ranging from painting to photography to music.

“We’ve received so many requests from adults asking for classes designed to meet their needs,” said Wayne Kruse, the arts cooperative’s executive director. “We offer a lot of workshops for students and we make sure that students get to collaborate with professional artists. This is fantastic, but we need to make sure we’re providing those same experiences for adults.”

School of the Arts will fill this artistic void.

The first class, Group Guitar, will be taught by Tobias Wood, band teacher in the Marysville Public Schools. Classes will meet from 7:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Mondays starting February 3. The guitar classes will be February 3, 10, 17, 24, and March 3 in the band room at Marysville High School.

“Music is a social activity,” Wood said. “Learning to play an instrument should be just as social. A group guitar class is a fun way to experience the joy and rigor of learning to play.”

Wood will teach the class how to care for and tune their guitars. Class members will also learn how to play chords as well as individual notes. “The class will realize that you really only need three chords to play most songs,” Wood added.

Wood explained that class members will need a working guitar, a pencil, and a willingness to learn one of the greatest instruments ever invented. Optional accessories include a guitar pick or two, an electronic tuner, and a guitar strap.

“The class will start referring to guitar players by their first names: Johnny, Elvis, and Hank,” he said. “And they’ll learn to love the Beatles and the blues.”

Tuition for the class is $70.00 which includes the five sessions as well as a guitar instruction book.

Class size is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

To register individuals should contact Kruse at 785-713-2077.

“Playing guitar is a great way to make music portable,” said Wood. “I’m looking forward to teaching this class. We’ll have a lot of fun, and I’ll tell a lot of stories about Uncle Dwight.”

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