Composer, Pianist, Organist, and Teacher

Garrett College to offer music sessions featuring instructors from W.Va, Md.

Article 02.10.2015 15:42

MCHENRY, Md. — Garrett College is offering a variety of music courses for all ages, including Piano Studies, Composition/Songwriting for the Music Enthusiast, and Voice Lessons. Classes are available on a continual basis, and allow for personalized and individual instruction.

Piano Studies allows for individual studies in piano and music theory for beginning, intermediate, and advanced students. Beginning students will develop music reading skills and basic piano technique. Intermediate and advanced students will further develop their technique through scales and etudes and explore a variety of piano literature. Students must have access to a piano or electric keyboard to practice assignments on a daily basis. The age range for the course is five years old and up. Sessions will be in ten, half-hour individualized segments by appointment and will be held at the Northern Outreach Center in Grantsville, Md., the Southern Outreach Center in Oakland, Md., and the McHenry campus.

In Composition/Songwriting for the Music Enthusiast, students will learn various compositional techniques and develop an approach to creating new compositions. Students will also develop a basic understanding of music notation software and should be able to discuss various aspects of composition, including form, instrumentation, melody, harmony, rhythm, meter, and dynamics. As a pre-requisite: students must have a fundamental understanding of music theory and be proficient on an instrument. Sessions will be in ten, half-hour individualized segments by appointment and will be held at the Northern Outreach Center in Grantsville and the McHenry campus.

Prior to registration for these courses, students will need to meet with the instructor to discuss his/her proficiency. Piano Studies and Composition/Songwriting are being instructed by local composer and musician, Dr. Sean Beachy of Grantsville. He earned his undergraduate degree in applied music with an emphasis in piano from Alderson-Broaddus College. He also has earned a master of music degree in composition from Shenandoah University and a doctor of musical arts degree in composition from WVU. Beachy has had pieces premiered and performed throughout the United Sates, including most recently in Frostburg for the city’s Bicentennial Celebration. He is currently an adjunct instructor of music at Garrett College and has been a freelance composer and piano accompanist for more than 15 years. He is also the church organist and A/C Coordinator at Frostburg United Methodist Church.

Voice Lessons is designed for individual studies in the training of vocal activities related to singing, for all ability levels. Beginning students will learn correct posture and breathing, tone production, diction, sight singing, notation reading, ear training and general principles of vocalizing. Intermediate and advanced students will develop their vocal technique, sight singing ability, and performance quality through appropriate vocal exercises and literature. All students will sing a variety of genres including classical pieces, musical theatre, art songs, folk songs and pop/rock. Students preparing for college entrance auditions will memorize and apply the International Phonetic Alphabet and perform songs in Italian, French and German.

The age range for this course is seven years old to adult. Sessions will be in ten, half-hour segments by appointment and will be held at the Southern Outreach Center in Oakland. The instructor for this course is Leah Shaw. She will also be instructing piano studies as well. Shaw earned her bachelor of arts in vocal performance and music education from Alderson Broaddus University. She is a classically trained coloratura soprano, but frequently performs songs in the genres of musical theatre, pop/rock and jazz for weddings and music venues. She is an accomplished pianist and also plays a variety of woodwind instruments.

Before moving to Garrett County, Shaw was employed as a music teacher in Anne Arundel County Public Schools for eight years. She also had a private studio in which she taught voice and piano lessons. As a performer, Shaw was selected as the soloist with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society and accompanying orchestra. She is currently a freelance performer for weddings and special events. Additionally she sings on the praise team at Crossroads Church in Oakland, Md.

For more information on the music classes, persons may contact Terry Beachy, Program Coordinator, at 301-895-4700 or To register persons may call Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development at 301-387-3069.


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