Bay Chamber Community Music School invites music lovers and performers who feel rusty or unfamiliar with reading conventional notation to register for Reading Music with instructor Mary Anne Driscoll of Belfast.

The curriculum is designed for those who may have a sense of musical notation but need practice and tips for doing so with more ease and more understanding of the theory behind musical structure. Each class will include lecture, written and workshop exercises, a question period and study guides that develop skills for reading music.

California native Driscoll is a composer, performer and educator in America, Europe and Japan. She learned jazz standards from her uncle and classical literature and conducting from Suzanne Toolan; and she composed, played and taught while at College of San Mateo and San Francisco State. Cecil Taylor introduced her in New York to a concert and recording career that includes performances with Abbey Lincoln, Jimmy Lyons, Dewey Johnson, Paul Murphy and William Parker. Driscoll also is a member of the piano and voice faculty at Bay Chamber’s Community Music School.

This informative group class will meet on Thursdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. for six weeks, March 1 through April 5.  Tuition, which includes all class material, is $150. To sign up, call Shaunna Brown at the Bay Chamber office, 236-2823.

Founded in 1961 by brothers Andrew Wolf and Thomas Wolf, Bay Chamber is dedicated to sustaining classical music as an art form. A 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, Bay Chamber has awarded annual prizes to young Maine musicians for 50 years. Bay Chamber Community Music School offers private instruction, orchestral opportunities and other music education to local musicians and community members of all ages and abilities.

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