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Two music workshops to be offered for area teachers

The Alexandria Area Music Teachers Association will host two workshops open to all area teachers.

Workshop 1 will be on Friday, October 26 at noon. A Description of the Russian Music Education System by presenter Julia Whynott will be held at the home of Mercedes Hagen, 918 Westwood Drive, Alexandria.

Whynott was born and raised in Moscow, Russia. She will present an in-depth look at the structure and design of Russian schools of music for children, including required program of study and Russian pedagogical methods.

Workshop 2 will be on Sunday, November 11 at 4 p.m. Improve Your Improv by presenter Marcia Benson will be held at Calvary Lutheran Church in Alexandria following Ensemble Festival.

Back in the day, improvisation was a common keyboard skill for trained musicians. Benson will explore simple ways to start freeing fingers and minds to make individual music without having to be tied to notations on a printed page.