From newborns in early childhood classes to octogenarians in piano lessons, Indian Hill students are all ages! However, one of our most popular new groups is the School of Rock ensemble for adults, who recently made their performing debut at the Performathon. Playing classic and contemporary rock and pop songs, the ensemble attracted so many adult students that faculty coach Pei-Chun Lin had to split them into two groups!
Students say that the ensemble, which meets on Friday nights, is the “highlight of their week,” and that Pei-Chun is a “supportive, encouraging teacher who is a lot of fun to be around.”
Sometimes, adult learners are nervous to pick up an instrument, whether it’s for the first time, to perfect their skills, or to re-learn the instrument after years of not playing. Many students in the School of Rock ensemble haven’t played in public for years – but they found their first performance more exhilarating than intimidating. “Having the opportunity to perform in front of a friendly audience allowed me to overcome easily any trepidation I might have had,” says William Clack, 54, of Stow. “And watching the video afterwards helped me see immediately where I could improve.”
Adult students are enriching and transforming their lives with music at Indian Hill, whether they want to rock out to the Beatles, master classical opera singing, understand jazz theory, or improvise Irish fiddle music.
Learn more about opportunities for adult learners at our Open House on Friday, May 16 from 6-9pm.