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Department of Music

Utt Music Building, Room 109
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660.543.4530
Email: Dr. Michael Sekelsky


Community Music Program

General Information

Welcome to the Community Music Program!


Director: Dr. Mia Hynes: or 660-543-8900.
(Email is much more reliable and faster.)

Contacting your teacher: Once a student has been enrolled and assigned to a teacher, that teacher will serve as primary contact. They will give you all of their pertinent contact information.


The mission of the Community Music Program encompasses two goals:

1. Provide high quality musical instruction to the community at large. CMP students and their instructors will collaborate on the development of short and longer term goals. Instructors will devise a plan for achieving those goals, provide easily reproducible practice strategies, and opportunities to develop skills in performance.

2. Provide hands-on teaching experience for university students. Students are not expected to be master teachers; in fact, this may be their first true "field" experience. They are expected to improve by observation, self-reflection, and experience. They may consult periodically with university faculty for advice as necessary


The study of music is ultimately a shared experience. Lessons and practices are expected to lead towards a demonstration of skills acquired in front of an audience. To this end, students will be expected to participate in the Program Recital, or some other performance opportunity (through other venues, such as schools, churches, auditions, shows, etc.) each semester. Students not wishing to adhere to this requirement will be encouraged to seek instruction elsewhere. It is the goal of the Community Music Program that the Program Recitals be a positive experience for all involved, and teachers will spend appropriate time assisting students in preparation for this event. Additional opportunities such as master classes with university faculty, and guest teachers may arise and Dr. Hynes will send out information via the teachers when these opportunities become available.


The CMP does not follow a particular syllabus for any instrument or vocal study, nor do we give "grades". It is expected that each teacher will engage students and their parents in an ongoing dialogue regarding progress being made from lesson to lesson. Students will demonstrate the work that they have done in lessons at the Program Recital (or other equivalent performance opportunity).


Parental participation is critical in the success of music study. Therefore, parents will be encouraged to attend all lessons and keep track of students' progress. Some parents and students will be asked to fill out an evaluation of student (non university faculty) teachers at the end of the semester.


Students wishing to enroll in the Community Music Program should return the form by mail (campus or regular). You may use one form per family (i.e., enrolling siblings, or enrolling one person in multiple lessons) There is a form at the end of this brochure. Additional forms are available on our website:

Checks should be made out to UCM Department of Music. Please indicate on your check what it is covering (i.e. Piano Lessons for Susie). Partial payment is required to hold a spot in lessons and/or classes. Full payment must be received by October 1 for Fall lessons, and by March 1 for Spring lessons.

Please mail forms and checks to:

UCM Dept of Music
Community Music Program (c/o Mia Hynes)
Utt 215
Warrensburg, MO 64093


Lesson location: All lessons, classes, and performances take place in the Utt Music Building.

Instruments offered: Piano, Voice, Guitar, Strings, and other instruments upon request.

We also offer two group learning experiences:

Instructional String Class: two sections (one for beginners, and one for more experienced players) taught by Mrs. Mary Lubaroff, a string teaching specialist with over 20 years of experience. Students will learn proper technique for playing violin, viola, or cello in a small group setting. They will learn to play by themselves and in parts with other classmates.

Beginners Class: Thursdays at 5:15-6pm in Utt 100
Advanced Beginners Class: Thursdays at 4:30-5:15pm in Utt 100

Youth Orchestra "Beethoven's Army": new offering for Fall 2013! This class taught by M.A. candidate Jocelyn Sciortino, is for students between ages 11-18. It will give students an eclectic array of experiences including ensemble playing, and introductions to topics that may include orchestration, arranging, music theory, history. Topics will be driven by student interest and abilities. Students must either be currently enrolled in private lessons on their instrument (strings), or have had experience in a band class (woodwinds, brass, percussion) Or private lessons for at least one semester prior to taking this class.

(Note: if students do not have a private teacher, they may sign up via the Community Music Program. Or we can refer you to any number of programs in the Warrensburg area.)

Orchestra Class will run on Tuesdays from 5:45-7:30pm.
The first hour will be in Utt 102b, then the class will - move to Utt 100 for the remaining 45 minutes.

Starting Age and other Requirements:

For Private Lesson instruction:

Vocal students must have passed the 8th grade at a minimum.
Piano and string instruction may be given as early as age 5.
Band and percussion students should be in middle school unless special exception has been approved by Dr. Hynes and the CMP teacher.

For Instructional String Class: Students should be in the first grade or above
For the Beginners class, no previous experience is required.
For the Advanced Beginners class, students should have at least one year of experience. All string students must rent their own instrument. (Contact information of Meyer Music will be shared with parents so that they can procure the right instrument.)

For Youth Orchestra: Students should be between the ages of 11-18
All string players should be enrolled in group or private instruction outside of this class. (Either via the Community Music Program or elsewhere.)
Brass, woodwind, and percussion players should have had at least a band class or private lessons for one semester prior to taking this class.

Instrument Acquisition: Students should own or rent an instrument for home practice. Students studying piano must own or rent a piano. Electric keyboards are not suitable. For information on renting any kind of instrument, we recommend contacting Central Band and Piano (747-0755). String instruments may be rented from Meyer Music (Blue Springs...

Length and Number of Lessons: 30, 45, or 60 minutes; once or twice a week for 12 weeks. String class meets once a week for 45 minutes. Youth Orchestra meets once a week for 1.75 hrs

Who is on the Teaching Staff: Teaching staff consists of University Faculty or Adjunct Staff, graduate students and selected undergraduate students in the Department of Music. All students are either in an education degree program or have had specialized training in pedagogy. The student staff changes with each semester.

Auditions for University Faculty:

If a student desires to study with a member of the UCM faculty, they must audition for that faculty member in person. Contact Dr. Hynes for more information.

Assignment of Teachers / Scheduling of Lessons: Students may request a teacher on the registration form, but this is not required. If no preference is indicated, Dr. Hynes will assign the student to a teacher. Every effort will be made to honor teacher requests, but students and families should be aware that such requests cannot be guaranteed until the registration session is completed.

Cancellation and Make-Up Lessons: All lessons missed should be accounted for, either by cancellation or make-up at the teacher's discretion. Lessons missed by the student without appropriate prior notice (24 hrs) will be considered cancelled and not made-up. If the teacher misses or is late for a lesson, that time must be made up as soon as possible (preferably within the next week).

If absence is anticipated, please give advance notice whenever possible. We realize that emergencies do happen (on both the part of the teacher and student), and if it is not possible for either party to meet at the assigned time without prior notice, it is expected that contact will be made as soon as possible to explain the emergency/reason for absence.

Teachers and students are required to wait for at least 10 minutes before considering the lesson missed.

Discontinuation of Lessons and Refunds: If for some reason lessons must be discontinued by the student due to circumstances beyond their control (illness/injury, family moving away), a refund will be given for all lessons not taken. If student discontinues lessons for any other reason, such as not being able to make lesson times, other activity conflicts, dissatisfaction with the teacher, or other such conflict, pro-rated refunds will only be given if lessons are discontinued before October 1 (for students registering in fall) or March 1 (for students registering in spring).

Note: Refunds will NOT be given for lessons which the student has missed without giving the teacher adequate notice (more than 24 hrs).

If lessons are discontinued due to teacher needing to discontinue lessons, every effort will be made to place students with a teacher of similar level. If no accommodation suitable to both the family and Dr. Hynes can be made, a full refund will be issued for all lessons not received.

Note for vocal students: because the nature of vocal instruction prohibits instruction if a student has upper respiratory illness or allergy, it may be that students will miss several lessons. In this case the instructor will make an effort to fulfill the lesson requirements as soon as is convenient; it may mean that future lessons are longer than normal to fulfill the instructional time requirement.

Before a student registers to take lessons through our program, student and family should be aware that this is a serious commitment. Students are responsible for "looking ahead" and anticipating interruptions to instruction. If a student knows that some other activity will prevent them from taking lessons for 3 or more weeks, please do not assume that the teacher will have time to make up so many lessons. In fact, it may be beneficial for that student to seek instruction elsewhere.


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