Goshen College offers recreational piano class for adults


The Goshen College Community School of the Arts is offering a new piano class beginning in late October for older adults who wish to expand their music making ability in a relaxed, fun setting.

The class, titled “Recreational Music-Making for Older Adults,” will be taught by CSA piano instructor Mary Rose Norell. The goals of the course are to enjoy the physical, mental and social benefits of music through learning to play the piano. Participants will participate in keyboard-based musical activities as a group in a low-pressure, fun environment, and will also attend a concert as a group, with an optional performance opportunity. The class is open to musicians of all abilities.

Classes will meet for one hour on Wednesdays and Fridays for six weeks, for a total of 12 class sessions, beginning Oct. 30 and ending Dec. 13. Class times will take place between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. depending on class level assignments. The course will cost $130, which includes tuition and materials. All classes will take place in the Goshen College Music Center.

A Goshen native, pianist Mary Rose (Jordan) Norell has performed throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe, having soloed with many ensembles, including the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and the Elkhart County and Manchester Symphonies. A former student of Marvin Blickenstaff, Dr. Norell completed her doctorate in piano performance at Northwestern University, having received her B.M. and M.M. degrees from Indiana University. Dr. Norell enjoys teaching piano at the Goshen College Community School of the Arts, directing choirs for the Boys & Girls Club, assisting with the Goshen Middle School Sixth Grade Orchestra and lecture-performing in inner-city Chicago Public Schools for the Ravinia Festival.

To register, or for more information, please call the Music Center Main Office at (574) 535-7361 or email csa@goshen.edu.