The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

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February 12, 2014

Opportunities announced for music instruction

FAYETTEVILLE — The Coda Mountain Music Academy has announced its offerings for the spring and summer courses. Soon, local youth can take part in Coda Inspire, an after-school program; and later this year, they can explore musicianship at Coda Academy and Coda Kidz.

Coda Inspire is an after-school program for Fayetteville Middle School students that kicks off its spring semester Feb. 20 at Fayetteville High School. The program is offered in cooperation with Fayette County Schools.

Free instruction is offered in violin, ukulele, guitar, Drums Alive and music theory to FMS students in grades 6-8. Coda Inspire meets each Monday and Thursday for nine weeks beginning Feb. 20.

Students in Coda Inspire receive free music lessons, supper and a bus ride home. Transportation also  is  provided for sixth graders to the high school for the classes.

Classes are offered right after school with buses leaving for home at 5:15 p.m.

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Another offering for area youngsters is Coda Kidz, an innovative day camp for those aged 5 to 12 which runs June 16-20 at Fayetteville Christ Fellowship.

Coda Kidz is a multi-track day camp option for young musicians. Half-day classes and group activities culminate with a concert at the end of the week.

Students who have never played a musical instrument have an opportunity to study ukulele, guitar, and rhythm instruments.

Those who play stringed instruments learn to “fiddle” Suzuki pieces under the direction of Lydia Feazell and Brandon Green.

Music theory games, music history, eurythmics and mini-concerts are exciting components of the Coda Kidz program.

Early bird tuition, which runs until May 1, for Coda Kidz is $140. Regular tuition, from May 2 through June 8, is $155.

For more information, email

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Coda Academy is a two-week residential camp for those aged 12 through 23. It will be held June 8-21 at the New River Gateway Center, with students living in the center’s cabins.

Coda’s multi-track, multi-level approach serves music students of varying skill levels in a challenging, yet nurturing environment. The academy faculty is staffed with instructors who have graduated from top schools and conservatories.

Students choose between the classical and bluegrass tracks, although fun mixing of bluegrass and classical sometimes occurs.

Classical instrument tracks include piano, violin, viola, cello, clarinet, flute, trumpet, french horn, trombone, tuba and euphonium.

Bluegrass instruments include banjo, mandolin, guitar, fiddle, lap dulcimer and dobro. This year bluegrass guitarists will have the option of receiving classical guitar private lessons.

Also, as space and time allow, Academy students will have the option of studying electronic looping as a side emphasis which blends the acoustic and electronic worlds.

“Coda desires that the serious study of music develop valuable character traits and life skills that open the door for future pursuits in any field,” according to Esther Morey, the Academy’s director. “(Optional) devotional moments from a Christian perspective are held most mornings and evenings. Although the music schedule is intense, recreational times are allotted most days including at least one opportunity to experience adventure recreation in the New River Gorge which may include a choice of zip lines, swimming, high ropes challenges, etc.”

Tuition for the intensive two-week session is $1600 through April 21, and late tuition after April 22 is $1750.

Limited Academy scholarships are available, according to Morey. “Our goal is to award scholarships sometime between March 15 and April 15, however we are unsure how much and when funding will become available through grants and private donors.”

Scholarship applications are available online at www.codamountain .com.

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Any group or individual who would like to partner with Coda by donating funds toward scholarships for students to attend Coda Academy can donate at, or mail funds to Coda Mountain Academy of Music, PO Box 615, Fayetteville, WV 25840.

“The short- and long-term results of these summer camps are incredible,” Morey said in an earlier interview. “Students gain confidence and a passion for their music which often leads to year-round involvement through private instruction, school bands, or wonderful organizations like the New River Youth Symphony and Chorus.”

For applications and more info, visit Coda at or write to admission

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