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Jan 072013

The Uptown Music Collective, the area’s premier nonprofit school of music, will be holding their annual Winter Open House on Saturday, January 5th 2013 from 11-2pm, at their facilities at 848 West Fourth Street in Williamsport. Prospective students will able to tour the facilities, meet with teachers, and register for lessons, classes, and workshops taking place in the upcoming semester. Enrollment week will run until January 12th. Workshops will be going on during the hours of the open house so those in attendance can see what takes place at the school on a daily basis.

As the Uptown Music Collective continues to grow and refine its programs, its students are being afforded more and more amazing educational opportunities. With the new semester, all Uptown Music Collective students will, for the first time, have an opportunity to use the schools new recording project studio, train their ears in its Ear Training Lab and be taught using the schools smart board technology, all courtesy of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and through the support of the community.

Students will also have the opportunity to be a part of the schools upcoming performances, on stage or behind the scenes. These performances include a benefit for Meals on Wheels at the Community Arts Center called Hunger Strike (Feb 1), its tribute to MTV Unplugged called UMC Unplugged (Feb 22 & 23) which will take place at the Community Theater League and the schools Spring Performance, Pink Floyd’s The Wall (April 25-27) also at the CAC.

Established in April of 2000, the Uptown Music Collective (a 501c 3 nonprofit school of music) has developed a reputation as the premier source of music education in the area, with an enrollment of over 130 students. Offering private lessons at all levels on guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and vocals, as well as classes and workshops in music theory, songwriting, and styles such as the Blues, Jazz, Classical and Rock. The primary age range of the Collective is 10 – 18 yrs old, but is open to all ages and levels. Along with private lessons, the UMC offers a myriad of programs including its flagship Performance Program. This program educates students about the ins and outs of major and minor performances, including direction, production, preparation and technical aspects of the performances. The program brings outstanding student run performances to the area, including Killer Queen, and most recently, Jagged Little Pill: a tribute to Two Decades of Women in Rock.

The Uptown Music Collective is committed to providing comprehensive music education to dedicated music students in the Williamsport community and surrounding areas. The school feels strongly about the role of music in creating well-rounded, thoughtful young people, and works to establish characteristics such as self-discipline and personal responsibility in each of its students through healthy habits such as practice and self- control. Uptown Music Collective students consistently perform at high levels not only musically, but also in their respective schools and as valuable members of other community organizations.

During the Winter Open House, prospective students will be able to enroll for the school’s 16 week winter semester. The winter semester will run from January 14th and will run until May 4th 2013. There are openings this winter for students of all levels who are looking for private instruction on the guitar, bass, drums, keyboards/piano and voice. There is no previous experience needed to begin enrollment in The Collective. The Uptown Music Collective will also be offering its popular workshop series which includes Jazz, Rock, and Blues, Drum Technique, Choir and the popular Tech Monkey workshop. Classes will be in full swing as well, including Music Theory 1 through 3, Harmony and Rhythmic Theory.

For more information about The Collective’s upcoming winter semester, and the open houses, call 570-329-0888 or visit them on the web at