Join us in Washington Hall this Saturday at 2:00 for the MC’s First Annual Recital for Students of the Conservatory! Support Morthland College Conservatory and Community Education on this day and on #GivingTuesday!
The Dolley Madison Bureau, our team of event planners on the MC campus, was responsible for the majestic transformation of Whitfield Hall for Magnificent Autumn. If you need a space for a similar event in West Frankfort, contact Angela Dorris, email@example.com, or Stephanie Parton, firstname.lastname@example.org. Event planning services are also available through the Dolley Madison Bureau.
Morthland College Conservatory of Music and the Arts opened its doors in the fall of 2015. Since that first day, it has been our mission and hope to bring music and arts instruction and education opportunities to every child in Southern Illinois.
I’m sure you know of at least one child whose family might not have the means to put them in expensive private lessons or classes, but that child loves music or art and would love to have the opportunity to have art instruction, to play an instrument, or play in a music ensemble.
Whether it’s playing an instrument, or working with new mediums on a canvas, or having the joy of singing with other children, our Conservatory is expanding opportunities every day for those children.
We are participating in Giving Tuesday for the first time, to challenge our community to take a step toward helping those who need a hand; to give back to those around them and to improve the community in which we live.
On Tuesday, November 29th, we need your help. This is a chance for you to give this gift to the children and young adults who would love to have the chance to grow, learn and experience the arts.
Did you know that students who study art are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement and three times more likely to be awarded for school attendance? And did you know that arts and music education programs are mandatory in countries that rank consistently among the highest for math and science test scores?
When you give to Morthland College and Conservatory of Music and the Arts, you are investing in a child’s life. You are investing in their bright future and giving a child a lifetime of enjoyment in the arts.
For more information, please visit morthlandcollegeconservatory.com/givingtuesday.
Grab a partner, get out of your chair, and out on the floor. Morthland College Conservatory is offering a ballroom dancing course beginning Oct. 29. Classes are held at Whitfield Hall on Saturdays at 4:30-5:00 p.m. Tuition is just $25 for six weeks of classes.
You can register online through this link.
You are invited to join us September 24 for an evening of dinner, dancing, entertainment and silent auctions to benefit the Morthland Foundation and help support the work of the Morthland College Conservatory of Music & the Arts, The Founders Institute on Public Policy and MC Press.
Or e-mail Angela Dorris, email@example.com, for reservations and more information.
The Conservatory will offer courses in music and art for children and adults this fall beginning the week of September 12.
Private piano lessons are offered for beginning or transfer students ages five-year olds, who are ready, through adult. Lessons will have an emphasis on technique, keyboard theory, musicianship skills and repertoire. Beginning students will start with pre-staff notation and expand to landmark-based intervallic reading. Students should have an acoustic piano or a full-size, touch sensitive keyboard for practicing. Tuition is $15 for half-hour lessons. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Private Voice Lessons
This course is designed to begin the development of vocal potential and to lay a foundation for proper vocal production. Voice lessons are available for students ages 13 to adult. Tuition is $15 for half-hour lessons. Email email@example.com for information.
Instrumental Music Lessons
Private lessons in a variety of music instruments can be made available with qualified instructors, with times available upon request. We currently offer instruction in clarinet, saxophone, oboe and bassoon. Tuition is $15 for half-hour lessons. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Open to all levels of songwriters from beginner to intermediate. Classroom instruction, constructive feedback from peers, and one on one sessions with the instructor will all be a part of this workshop-style class. Pre-requisite for the class is that each student plays an instrument that can be brought to class and on which her or she can work on assigned material between classes. This class meets from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays, beginning the first week of the semester. Tuition is $57 for nine weeks of study. Registration.
Community Children’s Choir
The Community Children’s Choir is a treble-voice only choir that will sing a variety of styles of music. For girls and boys with unchanged voices ages second grade through sixth grade who love to sing. Children will learn musicianship, vocal and sight singing skills. Students will audition for the choir but no audition material is necessary. Rehearsals are 6 – 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. Each semester will conclude with a concert. Contact Director April Burkhart, email@example.com, to schedule an audition.
Community Youth Band:
The Community Youth Band provides young people ages 5th grade to 12th grade with the opportunity to play a variety of styles of music. The band is open to all students with previous experience on a traditional band instrument. Emphasis will be given to the development of musicianship and basic skills. An audition is required, but no audition material is necessary. Rehearsals are Mondays 6 -7:30 p.m. The band will end each semester with a performance.
Musikgarten, Sing with Me for Toddlers (ages 18 months to 3 years)
These weekly classes are action-filled for toddlers – full of energy, often on the move, always exploring and learning – and their parents. Together you’ll sing, chant, move, dance, listen, and play simple instruments, all activities that bridge the natural connection between music and movement. Each lesson features movement activities for coordination, body awareness and control, exploration of space, and instruments such as rhythm sticks, jingles, rattles, drums, and resonator bars. Additionally, you’ll receive a wonderful CD, a parent activity book, and an instrument or scarf to use at home for more fun time together. Additional materials fee. Time TBD please call the office (or instructor) for more information. firstname.lastname@example.org 630-818-7730
Join local artist Libby Garza, for a fun night of painting. No experience? No problem! Step-by-step instruction and all supplies needed to complete your very own masterpiece in 2-3 hours, will be provided. Try your hand at painting, pick up a new hobby, and have a great time! The parties are designed for ages 18 and up and cost $35 per night. Paint Parties are held in the basement of Whitfield Hall, 401 W. Main Street in West Frankfort.
Paint Parties offered on:
-Tuesday, June 7 (5:30-8pm) Register online.
-Thursday, June 23 (5:30pm-8pm) Register online.
-Tuesday, July 5 (5:30pm-8pm) Register online.
-Thursday, July 21 (5:30pm-8pm) Register online.
-Tuesday, August 2 (5:30pm-8pm) Register online.
-Thursday, October 20 (5:30pm-8pm) Register online.
-Thursday, November 10 (5:30pm-8pm) Register online.
-Tuesday, December 6 (5:30pm-8pm) Register online.
The creative writing course will focus on individual interest in poetry, short fiction, journalism, creative non-fiction, memoirs, drama and novels. This enriching opportunity is for students ages 14 and up. $57. Tuesdays 6-8 pm. Danny Wilson, instructor. Registration.
We encourage you to visit our page regularly, as new course offerings may become available in the future.
In addition to the online registration links above, you may also register for our courses at the first session of any of them. Please see our course registration page for more information.
Conservatory offers summer courses beginning week of June 6
The Conservatory will offer summer courses in music and art beginning the week of June 6. Offerings are available for children age five through adult. To register for classes, email email@example.com or visit the business office at Whitfield Hall, 401 W. Main St., West Frankfort.
Music offerings include private piano and instrument lessons, music camps, and songwriting workshop.
Blast from the Past Music History Camp is offered to students age 6-14 on June 6-9 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Campers will study four composers from different periods. We will examine music, instruments, clothing, art, and other cultural inﬂuences of the period to make the past come alive. Each day will include hands-on activities, music, and games. Students will create a scrapbook to take home. Tuition is $57. Register online.
Music of the World Camp is offered to students age 6-14 on July 11-14 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Join us for a journey around the world to study the music of different cultures. Campers will travel to four different countries to learn about culture, musical style, and musical instruments. Students will complete a workbook and craft their own music instrument each day. Tuition is $57. Register online.
Blast from the Past Music History Camp is offered to student age 6-14 on August 8-11 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Returning students will study composers from different periods. Tuition is $57. Register online.
Songwriting Workshop is open to all levels of songwriters from beginner to intermediate. Classroom instruction, constructive feedback from peers, and one on one sessions with the instructor are included in this workshop style class. Pre-requisite for the class is that each student plays an instrument that can be brought to class and on which her or she can work on assigned material between classes. This class meets from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Mondays, beginning the first week of the semester. Tuition is $57 for nine weeks of study. Register online.
In addition to the Songwriting Workshop, a Creative Writing course is being offered. The creative writing course will focus on individual interest in poetry, short fiction, journalism, creative non-fiction, memoirs, drama and novels. This enriching opportunity is for students ages 14 and up. Tuition is $57. Tuesdays 6-8 pm. Register online.
Art offerings include Children Study the Masters, Landscape Painting, Introduction to Figure Drawing, private lessons, and paint parties.
Children Study the Masters
Over the course of 9 weeks, children (Ages 8-12 and 13-14) will practice the techniques of contemporary artistic masters. Among many others, students will learn the exciting mark making of Jackson Pollock, Gerhard Richter, and Andy Warhol. This course will cover the use of dry and wet media. Tuition is $90 for new students and $54 for returning students. Monday evenings 4:00 -5:30 p.m. Register online.
Students will work individually with the instructor to develop themes, techniques and concepts in a specialized body of artwork. Media will include, but will not be limited to, charcoal, graphite, acrylic paint, oil, photography, and digital design. Individualized lesson plans and strategies will be created for the student’s unique interests and strengths. Courses are 9 weeks long and will be available on Mondays, Thursdays, and Sunday evenings. (All ages) Tuition is $10 per hour. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Enjoy summer mornings on scenic locations in Southern Illinois. Classes will enjoy the meditative practice of landscape painting, promoting Southern Illinois’ greatest treasure; it’s earth. Students will be encouraged to explore a variety of formats and sizes using acrylic and oil paint as our medium. (17+). Email email@example.com for more information about course times and locations.
Introduction to Figure Drawing
The purpose of this course is to provide each student with specific drawing media experiences and to build basic perceptual skills, in terms of drawing from the human figure. Students will review basic knowledge of artistic elements, such as line, value, shape/volume, texture and color in order to lead to a further understanding of a pictorial language using the human form as inspiration. The emphasis of this 9 week class will remain on observational drawing and studio practice. The use of photography is not permitted. (18+) Sundays 4:00-6:00 p.m. Tuition is $135 for nine weeks of study. Register online.
Join local artist Libby Garza, for a fun night of painting. No experience? No problem! Step-by-step instruction and all supplies needed to complete your very own masterpiece in 2-3 hours, will be provided. Try your hand at painting, pick up a new hobby, and have a great time! The parties are designed for ages 18 and up and cost $35 per night. Paint Parties are held in the basement of Whitfield Hall, 401 W. Main Street in West Frankfort. Paint Parties are offered on:
-Tuesday, June 7 (5:30-8:00 pm) Register online.
-Thursday, June 23 (5:30pm-8:00pm) Register online.
-Tuesday, July 5 (5:30pm-8:00 pm) Register online.
-Thursday, July 21 (5:30pm-8:00 pm) Register online.
-Tuesday, August 2 (5:30pm-8:00 pm) Register online.
-Thursday, October 20 (5:30pm-8:00 pm) Register online.
-Thursday, November 10 (5:30pm-8:00 pm) Register online.
-Tuesday, December 6 (5:30pm-8:00 pm) Register online.
The community is invited to the Morthland College Conservatory Open House on Sunday, April 10 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm.
The event to be held at Whitfield Hall, 401 W. Main St. in West Frankfort, will feature hands on activities in art, band instruments, singing, and poetry/fiction. Come and see what the Conservatory is all about.
We will have a prize drawing for one free class. Refreshments will be served.
The community is invited to the Morthland College Conservatory event, Let the Earth Be Glad: A May Day Celebration to be held May 6 at 7:00 pm
The event to be held at Whitfield Hall, 401 W. Main St. in West Frankfort, will feature musical selections by the Conservatory’s children’s choir and youth band, creative writing performances, and fine art viewing.
The celebration is the culmination of the Conservatory’s spring term courses in creative writing, music and studio art.
Formal or business attire is suggested, and donations will be accepted.
RSVPs are requested by May 1. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Morthland College Conservatory of Music & the Arts launched this fall with a mission of providing fine arts and music educational opportunities to the community. The conservatory’s offerings include studio art and creative writing classes for children and adults, as well as a community choir, children’s choir and youth band. Private instruction in piano and other instruments is also available.