New music program at Kilgore College aims to help young talent flourish

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KILGORE, TX (KLTV) - A new music program launched at Kilgore College is aimed at helping young musicians fine tune their talent at an early age.

The Music Academy at Kilgore College will cater to musicians ages 5 to 18 to help progress their musical talents and knowledge.

“Music has been a very rich tradition here at Kilgore College. We have the Rangerettes dance team, we have the band, we have the choir, and a strong piano department,” said Jonathan Kaan, instructor at Kilgore College. "So I think in this area we saw fit to have a program that’s catering not only to the college students and adults, but for students in elementary, middle, and high school age as well.”

The first classes offered to musicians will focus solely on piano. However, Kaan said the academy will eventually cover a variety of instruments from which students can choose.

“[The piano] is very versatile, very mainstream,” Kaan said. “When we turn on the TV or the radio, we can always hear this instrument being used and performed in a different variety of settings. Students have always come to me, asking me to be exposed, to learn a different way of piano playing. It’s a lot of fun, and it’s great experience for them to grow musically as well.”

Experience is recommended, but not necessary; Kaan said the academy will accept students of all experiences levels, no matter whether you’re sitting down at the piano for the first time, or perfecting Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata.

Instructors are classically trained, but also have experience with a variety styles of music such as jazz, contemporary, or praise and worship.

“I think there are a lot of different, wonderful things that happen when you learn these instruments,” said Kaan. “It’s a form of escape, it’s joy... to just play the music you have here, that you love.”

Courses are offered through the Community Education and Lifelong Learning department at Kilgore College, and will be held in the Anne Dean Turk Fine Arts Center. For more information, please contact Jonathan Kaan.

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