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Learn how to be a rock star with Terre Haute Guitar Club

December 21, 2015

Children of all ages and experiences are invited to join the Terre Haute Guitar Club, with scholarships available for deserving youngsters.

Classes are divided into three age groups for 6- to 8-year-olds, 9- to 12-year-olds and teenagers, ages of 13-16. No matter their age, the skills the students acquire are priceless, say parents.

"Our children get the freedom to create and express themselves in the guitar classes," said Christin Scott, whose three children are enrolled in the Terre Haute Guitar Club. "Creativity is a valuable and priceless gift of childhood that should be nurtured and cultivated. Freedom to be creative is significant in the emotional and intellectual development of every child. These classes bestow upon our children a dedicated time and commitment to create, which further builds the foundation for well-trained, creative thinking."

Crystal Wang, 7, has different reasons for being in the Guitar Club: "I like guitar because I'm going to be a rock star when I grow up. I like guitar music because it's smooth."

Sara Zachariah, 8, likes the guitar because "you can transport a guitar unlike a piano, and it makes peaceful music. It's easy to remember, and the notes are in order. Another reason is because I have the best teachers."

Classes for children ages 6-8 are held on Mondays, Jan. 11-May 2; for 9- to 12-year-olds on Tuesdays, Jan. 12-May 3; and for teens ages 13-16 on Wednesdays, Jan. 13-May 4. All three classes run 4-5:15 pm. The class fee is $135 for Community School of the Arts members and $150 for non-members. The Guitar Club is free to children and youth on free or reduced lunch plans at school.

The Music is Key program -- sponsored by the Blues at the Crossroads Festival, the university's Community School of the Arts and Center for Community Engagement -- provides free guitar classes to students on free or reduced lunch plans at school.

To enroll or for more information, please contact the Community School of the Arts' office at 812-237-2528 or go to


Contact: Petra Nyendick, director of the Community School of the Arts, Indiana State University, 812-841-2884 or