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MVNU Music Department to Launch Community Music School

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio —The Mount Vernon Nazarene University Music Department will launch a new community music school in September. The goal of the new program is to provide high-quality, affordable music enrichment programs to Knox County and surrounding areas to participants of all ages.

Program offerings will include group and private lesson instruction, guitar and piano classes, ensemble programs for band, choir, and strings as well as various other music classes for both youth and adults. The community school will also host regular Saturday workshops and masterclasses and plans to offer summer music enrichment programs in addition to fall and spring programs.

 “This community school is an idea I have envisioned for quite some time and models similar programs available in the Columbus area,” said program founder and MVNU music professor Dr. John Packard.

“Many of the services we will be offering are hard to find close to Mount Vernon and are frequently requested by community members and area music teachers. I’m excited to see our program come to fruition and look forward to its growth.”

The MVNU Community Music School will utilize a talented pool of MVNU faculty, students, special guest artists/clinicians, and experienced local music professionals in providing these programs to the community.

Additional details for the program can be found at and on Facebook. Registration for fall programs will begin August 15. Any questions can be emailed to or to the program director at

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students and working adults. With a 327-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and several convenient Graduate and Professional Studies locations throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,200 students from 32 states and 19 countries/U.S. territories.