A season for music

Wild Roots Fine Arts Academy prepares for its second season.
Apr. 05, 2013 @ 05:11 AM

Music is in the air just in time for Spring as the Wild Roots Fine Arts Academy prepares for its second season.

The academy officially opened last summer when Eben Mann, director and orchestra teacher at Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy, decided there was a need for more music education in the county.

"We have been consistent throughout the year with private lessons. Getting people to take the lessons has been a matter of word of mouth," Mann said. "We are hoping to get more people involved."

The Spring session will begin Monday, April 8 and will run for eight weeks. It will include music lessons and classes. Current music lessons offered include violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, harp, piano, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, French horn, percussion, drum set, voice and bagpipe. There are offerings for all ages.

"I'm excited about it. We had a pretty good last summer being the first time the classes were offered," Mann said. "The professors we use are top notch. They are professional musicians."

The summer session of the academy will begin Monday, June 10 with more music lessons and classes including Drawing Techniques, Photography Composition, Painting Techniques and Pottery Decorating.

In addition to the classes being offered, Mann is opening the Wild Roots Violin Shop located at 438 West Main Street in Forest City this month. The shop will sell of the instruments and items that people taking the classes will need.

"I'm a school teacher and being an orchestra director, it made more sense to be able to provide what we need instead of having to order it. I thought if we could have our own place, people can come in and try the instruments out and get what they want," Mann said. "It's a win-win for the store to be able to be able to provide exactly what we need at different levels. We will have options for them with some high end instruments too. All of them will be teacher recommended instruments."

For more information or to register for lessons or classes, please visit www.wildrootsfinearts.org or call 828-289-5880.