Explore the Wonder of Music with COD’s Music Academy

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By Ann Fink

The College of DuPage Music Academy offers lessons for beginner, intermediate and advanced students this spring. Recognized as one of the finest instructional programs in the Chicago area, the COD Music Academy offers a variety of classes at the McAninch Arts Center at the Glen Ellyn campus, 425 Fawell Blvd. Enrollment is open now.

"We are very proud of our expert and talented applied music faculty, which serves as a tremendous student and community resource,” said COD Music Program Chair Lee Kesselman.

COD offers a broad spectrum of musical instruction to students of all ages and aptitudes. Private lessons are offered in voice, piano, organ, guitar, percussion and all band and orchestra instruments. The Music Academy offers two areas of study:

  • Music Quest: Targeted to beginner students of any age, weekly private lessons are offered for 30 minutes in a variety of music disciplines, reflecting styles ranging from classical to jazz and blues to contemporary. Lessons are one-on-one. Courses are available for credit or non-credit.
  • Music Masters: Targeted to intermediate and advanced students study weekly with master teachers for 30 minutes to one-hour. Lessons are one-on-one, reflecting a variety of styles ranging from classical to jazz and blues to contemporary. Courses are available for credit and non-credit.


The COD faculty teaching private lessons include Richard Armandi (bass, jazz bass, tuba/euphonium), Dr. Jennifer Barnickel-Fitch (voice), Alexander Djordjevic (piano), Daniela Folker (violin/viola), Marsha Foxgrover (organ), David Govertsen (voice), Dr. Steven L. Havens (piano), Catherine Kuna (cello), Carolyn May (flute), Marlene Meyer (voice), Emi Murata (piano), Elizabeth Murphy (voice), Timothy Omerod (woodwinds), Steve Ramsdell (guitar), Dr. Karol Sue Reddington  (piano), Dave Rice (jazz piano), Andy Rosza (trombone), Thomas Sergey (guitar/banjo), Michael Stewart (trumpet), Cynthia Trowbridge (piano), Paulette Velazquez(French horn), Ben Wahlund (percussion), and Ann Field Williams (voice) and Dorothy Williames (Piano, Voice)  

Credit classes are offered through the music department. For enrollment and additional information contact Applied Music Coordinator Deborah Zelman at (630) 942-2391 or email zelmand@cod.edu. Non-credit classes are offered through the Continuing Education program. For enrollment and additional information call (630) 942-2208 or visit www.cod.edu/musicacademy.

Students participating in advanced lessons may perform in Music program recitals.

“Student recitals are a wonderful opportunity for student vocalists and instrumentalists to experience performing before for a live audience, and for members of the audience to enjoy a variety of music styles performed with skill and passion. To see our students’ growth in poise, technique, and artistry really impresses me every year,” said Zelman.

Spring recitals will be held March 16, April 27 and May 11. All recitals are held at noon as part of the “Music Fridays @ Noon” series and are free and open to the public. For more information, visit atthemac.org.

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn IL, 60137

(630) 942-2800 (Main)

(630) 942-3000 (Student Services)

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