AU Music Project to expand program, information night to be held Dec. 12

The Department of Music in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University is excited to announce the expansion of the Auburn University Music Project (AUMP). The current program features group lessons for beginner orchestral string players in grades 3-5. The classes follow the Auburn University academic calendar, and meet twice-a-week for 90 minutes over a 12 week semester. An important aspect of the program is an affordable fee to make the program available to students who might not otherwise have an opportunity to learn a string instrument. One semester costs an average of $6 per session, whereas a regular private session costs upwards of $40 per hour.

“Studies have shown that children involved in music aids in emotional and behavioral maturation, as well as helping to develop fine motor skills,” said Dr. Kristin Leitterman, assistant professor of double reeds.

The Auburn University Music Project was established by Assistant Professor Guy Harrison in the fall of 2015. In January 2018, AUMP will expand to include winds, brass, and percussion for beginner players in grades 5-6. Classes for all instruments will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center. Tuition for the semester is $150, plus instrument rental. A limited number of partial financial scholarships are available based on financial need.

"We feel so fortunate that Dr. Harrison started the AUMP! Our daughter is receiving a top-notch music education and at an earlier age than she might have started without this program. This is the best value in music education that we have ever seen," said Laurinda and Scott Ketring. "I think the AUMP will give Auburn City Schools' music program a significant boost upward in years to come. We are incredibly pleased with how Dr. Harrison and his instructors are teaching young string players and grateful to have our daughter participate."

An information night will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at the Jan Dempsey Cultural Arts Center in Auburn , where parents and students can come with questions, explore instruments, and sign up for the spring semester. Gadsden Music will be there with instruments to set up instrument rental packages.

For more information please contact:
Dr. Kristin Leitterman by email at or by calling 334-844-4163

And find them on social media: Facebook page (@AUMusicProject), Twitter (@AUMusicProject), or Instagram (@aumusicproject)

Last Updated: November 17, 2017