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Stillwater Music offering online private and group music lessons

Stillwater Music offering online private, group lessons
Ryan McCurry, a Stillwater faculty member, gives an online piano lesson. Starting Monday, Stillwater will increase its online lesson capacity.

With Gov. Jared Polis issuing a statewide stay-at-home order that began Thursday morning as an effort to slow the spread of the new coronavirus, our daily routines have changed even more.

And that includes activities such as dance, sports and music classes.

Stillwater Music, Durango’s music education hub, is taking its lessons online, offering both music lessons and group classes. Beginning March 30, it will increase its lesson capacity, offering community members of all ages the chance to learn to play a new instrument or develop their skills playing one they already know, from home, it said in a news release Thursday.

“This is a difficult time, and our organization – like many others – is certainly navigating some uncharted waters,” Jeroen van Tyn, Stillwater’s executive director, said in the release. “But our instructors have been terrific – very willing and able to adjust to this temporary situation through online teaching. Recent new requests for music lessons indicated to us that the community’s desire for music education is strong, and we are working hard to continue to meet this need. Music is a bright spot during dark times.”

The organization has more than 20 instructors who are teaching online lessons for voice and musical instruments – everything from strings to keyboards to drums. And even though they can’t meet in person, Stillwater’s youth and adult bands and ensembles will continue to work together from home, learning songs, exploring music theory and performing for each other, the release said.

Stillwater will also offer a new nine-week Music Together course online for families with children ages 0 to 5. For more information about the class, visit Stillwater’s website for the new start date for this course or email the organization to be placed on a list to receive information.

For more information, visit stillwatermusic.org or email Stillwater Music at info@stillwatermusic.org .

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