Personal Enrichment Course Schedule

Arts/Creative

ID#CourseDatesDaysTimeCostLocation
April
124444Creating Your Life Story in Song:
Give a Gift to Your Family
4/1-4/15M1p-2p$25MAEC
124579Playful Abstract Painting4/6Sa9a-12p$39KVW 215
127842Family Stories Workshop4/8-6/24M1:30p-4:30p$79COA
127708Watercolor Basics4/9-6/4T6:30p-9p$59COA
127823Creative Writing Seminar4/9-6/25T6:30p-9p$69GS 302
127709Watercolor Painting4/10-6/5W1:30p-4p$49GCC
127830Creative Writing Seminar4/11-6/27Th6:30p-9p$69GS 302
May
124465Painting Stories with Mixed Media5/2Th7p-9p$29GS 202
124445Creating Your Life Story in Song:
Give a Gift to Your Family
5/6-5/20M1p-2p$25MAEC
128221Decorative Painting Techniques5/21-7/18TTh12p-3p$99KVW 107B
128259Introduction to Costume Design5/21-7/18TTh3:30p-5:30p$89KVW 107A
128260Costume Design5/21-7/18TTh6p-8p$89KVW 107A
128815Adventuring into Silk Painting5/21-6/18Th5:30p-8:30p$99KVW 215
128220Recycled Art: Methods & Materials5/22-7/17W12p-3p$99KVW 107B
127522Write Now - Creative Writer's Toolbox5/22-7/10W6:30p-8:30p$69GS 302
127503Beginning Fine Metal Design5/23-6/20T5:30p-8:30p$119KVW 107C
June
127907Creating Your Life Story in Song:
Give a Gift to Your Family
6/3-6/17M1p-2p$25MAEC
127611Fetching Etchings for Charming Champleve6/14-6/15FSa9a-5p$99KVW 107B
127505Beginning Fine Metal Design6/27-8/1T5:30p-8:30p$119KVW 107C
127612Natural Beauty: Casting Organics in Metal6/28-6/29FSa9a-5p$99KVW 107B
July
127510Adventuring into Silk Painting7/2-7/30Th5:30p-8:30p$99KVW 215
127908Creating Your Life Story in Song:
Give a Gift to Your Family
7/8-7/28M1p-2p$25MAEC
127843Family Stories Exercise Session7/8-8/12M1:30p-4:30p$69COA
127824Creative Writing Exercise Session7/9-8/13T6:30p-9:30p$59GS 302
127835Creative Writing Exercise Session7/11-8/15TH6:30p-9:30p$59GS 302
August
127909Creating Your Life Story in Song:
Give a Gift to Your Family
8/5-8/19M1p-2p$25MAEC
127535Write Now - Creative Writer's Toolbox8/21-10/9W6:30p-8:30p$69GS 302

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Computer/Technology

ID#CourseDatesDaysTimeCostLocation
127805Microsoft Applications6/3-6/26MW6p-8p$75GS 403
127806Microsoft Applications7/8-7/31MW6p-8p$75GS 403

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Health & Wellness

ID#CourseDatesDaysTimeCostLocation
April
124450Coping with Loss and Grief4/5F3:30p-5:30p$19MAEC
124455Decrease My Stress: Relaxation Through Music4/8M12p-1p$15MAEC
124610Hear My Voice: Social Fun4/10-4/24W1p-2p$25MAEC
124605Stage Fright: Performance Anxiety4/12F4p-5:30p$15MAEC
May
124456Decrease My Stress: Relaxation Through Music5/6M12p-1p$15MAEC
124611Hear My Voice: Social Fun5/8-5/22W1p-2p$25MAEC
124451Coping with Loss and Grief5/10F3:30p-5:30p$19MAEC
124606Stage Fright: Performance Anxiety5/10F4p-5:30p$15MAEC
June
127910Coping with Loss and Grief6/14F3:30p-5:30p$19MAEC
127914Stage Fright: Performance Anxiety6/21F4p-5:30p$15MAEC
July
127911Coping with Loss and Grief7/26F3:30p-5:30p$19MAEC
August
127915Stage Fright: Performance Anxiety8/9F4p-5:30p$15MAEC
127912Coping with Loss and Grief8/16F3:30p-5:30p$19MAEC

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History

ID#CourseDatesDaysTimeCostLocation
124898The Holocaust: Contemporary Lessons4/3-4/17W5p-6:15p$29TBA
125103Genealogy4/10W6p-8p$29GS 301

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Language

ID#CourseDatesDaysTimeCostLocation
124452Conversational Spanish3/19-5/7T6p-8p$59GS 202
125046Couples Communication4/3-4/24W6:30p-8:30p$39 per personGS 202
127808Core Communication7/8-8/12M6:30p-8:30p$59GS 202

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Music

ID#CourseDatesDaysTimeCostLocation
April
124636Maximizing Performance4/11Th2:30p-4p$15MAEC
124580Group String for Adults4/23-5/21T1:30p-2:30p$59MAEC
124675Fun with Accordion4/23-5/21T2:30p-3:30p$59MAEC
124633Group Piano for Adults with Prior Experience4/25-5/23Th10a-11a$59MAEC
124672Reading Music II4/25-5/23Th11:30a-12:30p$59MAEC
124631Piano for Adult Beginners4/26-5/24F12p-1p$59MAEC
124630Piano for Adult Beginners4/30-5/28T10a-11a$59MAEC
124669Classical Music: A Primer4/30T5:30p-7:30p$15MAEC
May
124659Guitar for Adult Beginners5/1-5/29W12p-1p$59MAEC
124660Guitar for Adult Beginners5/1-5/29W5p-6p$59MAEC
124666Ukulele to Accompany Singing5/1-5/29W6p-7p$59MAEC
124663Ukulele for Adult Beginners5/2-5/30Th12:30p-1:30p$59MAEC
124614Finale Software Arrangement5/2-5/16Th6p-7p$25MAEC
127918Art of Self-Promotion5/7-6/4T6p-7p$59MAEC
124637Maximizing Performance5/16Th2:30p-4p$15MAEC
128045Group String for Adults5/28-6/25T12p-1p$59MAEC
127952Fun with Accordion5/28-6/25T1:30p-2:30p$59MAEC
127950Reading Music I5/28-6/25T11a-12p$59MAEC
127921Piano for Adult Beginners5/30-6/27Th12p-1p$59MAEC
June
127928Guitar for Adult Beginners6/5-7/3W12p-1p$59MAEC
127930Guitar for Adult Beginners6/5-7/3W5p-6p$59MAEC
127944Ukulele to Accompany Singing6/5-7/13W6p-7p$59MAEC
127937Ukulele for Adult Beginners6/6-7/11Th12p-1p$59MAEC
127919Art of Self-Promotion6/11-7/9T6p-7p$59MAEC
127924Preparing for Auditions6/13Th4p-5:30p$15MAEC
127916Finale Software Arrangement6/13-8/15Th6p-7p$25MAEC
July
127946Ukulele to Accompany Singing7/10-8/7W6p-7p$59MAEC
127920Art of Self-Promotion7/16-8/13T6p-7p$59MAEC
127929Guitar for Adult Beginners7/17-8/14W12p-1p$59MAEC
127932Guitar for Adult Beginners7/17-8/14W5p-6p$59MAEC
127922Piano for Adult Beginners7/18-8/15Th12p-1p$59MAEC
127941Ukulele for Adult Beginners7/18-8/15Th12p-1p$59MAEC
127951Reading Music I7/23-8/20T11a-12p$59MAEC
128046Group String for Adults7/23-8/20T12p-1p$59MAEC
127953Fun with Accordion7/23-8/20T1:30p-2:30p$59MAEC
August
127917Finale Software Arrangement8/1-8/15Th6p-7p$25MAEC
127926Preparing for Auditions8/8Th4p-5:30p$15MAEC
127927Preparing for Auditions8/15Th4p-5:30p$15MAEC

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Safety

ID#CourseDatesDaysTimeCostLocation
124577UAS Orientation & Prep (Remote Pilot for Drones)3/23-4/27Sa10a-3p$199CER 245
124437AAA Roadwise4/6Sa8a-12p$30GS 401
124819NC Concealed Carry4/6Sa8a-6p$90GS 301
124821CCW Legal Update4/6Sa1:30p-4p$49GS202
124438AAA Roadwise5/4Sa8a-12p$30GS 401
124817Basic Pistol5/4Sa8a-6p$90GS 301
127618UAS Orientation & Prep (Remote Pilot for Drones)5/21-6/13TTh6p-9p$99CER 245
127530CCW Legal Update6/8Sa1:30p-4p$49GS202
127533NC Concealed Carry6/15Sa8a-6p$90GS 401
127511AAA Roadwise6/29Sa8a-12p$30GS 401
127514AAA Roadwise8/3Sa8a-12p$30GS 401
127534NC Concealed Carry8/3Sa8a-6p$90GS 301
127531CCW Legal Update8/3Sa1:30p-4p$49GS202

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Wealth Management

ID#CourseDatesDaysTimeCostLocation
124841Understanding Your Personal Finances4/8-4/29M6p-9p$69GS 202/402

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For questions about any of these classes or how to register, please contact Lisa Webb at 252.493.7317 or lwebb@email.pittcc.edu.

NC Concealed Carry

Learn the aspects of the North Carolina Concealed Carry Handgun Law as they apply to the rights of citizens to carry a concealed handgun. You will also learn how to apply the fundamentals of safety and basic marksmanship. This course will be taught by an NRA Certified Instructor. If you are a first-time shooter, you will need to take the Basic Pistol class prior to this one. Please bring your Driver’s License/picture ID card to class and wear comfortable clothing. If you plan to “rent” a pistol from the instructor, you will need to bring $30-$40 in cash for the instructor to pay for ammunition. *.22 caliber or single action revolvers are not allowed. All firearms must be clean and functioning. For further questions, contact Lisa Webb at 252-493-7317. Instructor: Robert James. 9 hours.

CCW Legal Update

Do you have your NC Concealed Carry permit and need to update or renew it? Then this is the class for you! You will be updated on NC laws and will be able to re-take the test. *.22 caliber or single action revolvers are not allowed in this course. All firearms must be clean and functioning. 2.5 hours. 

Basic Pistol

You will be introduced to the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary for owning and using a pistol safely. You will learn about pistol parts and operation, ammunition, gun safety, pistol shooting fundamentals, and pistol shooting activities. If you are bringing your own gun to the range, you must provide your own factory ammo. Also bring safety glasses and hearing protection. Classroom portion held at the Greenville Center. Upon registration, you will receive an email with instructions. For further questions, contact Lisa Webb at 493-7317. Instructor: Robert James. 9 hours. 

AAA Roadwise

Pitt County Safe Communities Coalition in conjunction with Pitt Community College offer the AAA approved Roadwise course. This course covers a variety of topics for drivers ages 50+. Pre-registration and payment are required. Note: Completion of this course in no way guarantees any privileges or rights under NC applicable law. 4 hours.  

PCSCC/PCC Driver Improvement Training

Pitt County Safe Communities Coalition in conjunction with Pitt Community College offers the AAA approved Driver Improvement course. This course covers a variety of topics for all drivers. Pre-registration and pre-payment is required 3 days prior to the beginning of class. NOTE: Completion of this course in no way guarantees any privileges or rights under applicable NC laws. 8 hours. Cost: $60

UAS Orientation & Prep (Remote Pilot for Drones)

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that drone operators will have to pass a UAS (Unmanned Aerial System) Part 107 aeronautical knowledge test as one of the requirements for legally flying drones commercially. Discover what commercial drone/UAS operators will need to know in order to pass the FAA Part 107 certification test. Learn pertinent information regarding regulations, airspace, weather, and more. Instructors: Dan Mayo, William Lewis, Mike Nicholson. 24 hours.

Microsoft Applications

You will be introduced to MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and how to effectively use these software programs to enhance record keeping skills. Other subject matters may be discussed depending on the level of each student. Instructor: Sherry Howell. 16 hours. 

Watercolor Basics

Learn the art of watercolor painting! You will be introduced to the basics of working with watercolor paints and applying various techniques to create your own painting. The class is an excellent outlet opportunity. Instructor: Judy Dye. 15 hours. 

Watercolor Painting

This class is for all levels of watercolor interest and knowledge. Basic skills will be introduced if you are new. If you are more intermediate, your focus will be on independent study to help develop your own painting style. We will encourage you to participate in local art events/art organizations. Individual guidance will be given to all students. Instructor: Judy Dye. 15 hours. 

Decorative Painting Techniques

Become familiar with the magical art of decorative painting in this hands-on class! Various techniques will be demonstrated such as color mixing, sponging, stenciling, marbling, and much more! All skill levels are welcome as we will cover basics. You will need to supply your own small package of paint brushes and be prepared to supply additional materials for personalized project pieces (ie. specific color and/or larger quantities of paint, alternative project products than those suggested, etc) of your choosing. Instructor: Chris Sprouse. 51 hours. 

Recycled Art: Methods & Materials

Gain a new skill and go GREEN at the same time by creating recycled/repurposed art! This project-based class will explore an array of methods for generating visually interesting and aesthetically pleasing products from scrap materials, “trash”, pre-owned, and thrifted materials. Some basic/raw materials will be supplied by instructor. Instructor: Chris Sprouse. 27 hours. 

Adventuring into Silk Painting

Whether you are a beginner or are experienced, you will have the opportunity to further your skills in the fundamentals of art by formulating beautiful paintings on silk fabric. All basic materials will be provided with access to open studio hours. Instructor: Sarah Setzco. 15 hours. 

Exploring Enameling and Cloisonne

Refine your metal design skills while learning how to etch into metal and create colorful formations with powdered glass and wire. Basic materials will be provided with access to open studio hours. Instructor: Sarah Setzco. 15 hours. 

Beginning Fine Metal Design

Get introduced to basic metal working techniques and skills such as sawing, drilling, filing, soldering, riveting, texturing and polishing. Emphasis is placed on fabricating jewelry and small sculptures. Basic materials will be provided with access to open studio hours. Instructor: Sarah Setzco. 15 hours. 

Fetching Etchings for Charming Champleve

For thousands of years, craftsmen have employed the technique of champleve enameling to put color and imagery on metal, which often meant dangerous chemicals or painstaking labor. But with the development of galvanic etching and customer toner decals, creating detailed and interesting champleve jewelry has never been this easy or safe! You will have the chance to learn how to etch copper or silver, as well as how to pack, fire, stone, and finish their enamels to produce unique champleve pieces. Instructor: Hosanna Rubio. 14 hours. 

Natural Beauty: Casting Organics in Metal

Learn how to make the ephemeral permanent by casting organic objects in metal to create beautifully unique jewelry or objects. We will cover the process of centrifugal casting, including object preparation, proper set up and placement of design, appropriate sprue placement, investment, burnout, casting, and finishing. You will leave the workshop with one or more finished pieces, time permitting. Instructor: Hosanna Rubio. 14 hours. 

Learn to Shag

Come and learn the “Dance of the Carolinas.” You will learn the basic steps of shag dancing. It is recommended that you wear hard sole shoes or you are welcome to dance in your socks. A dancing partner is suggested, but not required. Instructors: Rick and Suzanne Burchfiel. 4 hours. 

The Holocaust: Contemporary Lessons

Do you have an interest in history? In three weeks, you will learn and understand the effective strategies to combat bullies and abusers, dynamics of Anti-Semitism in modern Germany, and finding inspiration from the motivations and stories of rescuers and resistance fighters. Instructor: Rabbi Harley Karz-Wagman. 3.75 hours.  

Genealogy

Interested in investigating your ancestry? Learn how to find and organize your sources to build your family tree like a pro genealogist! From oral histories in the family to free online repositories to courthouse records, we’ll examine the paper trail left by your ancestors and what it can tell you about where and how they lived. Both digital and paper records will be examined, so access to a computer is recommended but not required. Instructor: Maria O’Laughlin, a local genealogist and an independent contractor for Ancestry.com’s ProGenealogists. 2 hours.  

Conversational Spanish

Conversational Spanish is a practical, fun way of learning some basic conversational skills in Spanish. You will learn pronunciation and vocabulary surrounding practical daily activities. Class will be very interactive and you will be expected to participate in group activities. Required textbook: ISBN-13: 978-1259586361 Practice Makes Perfect Spanish Conversation. Instructor: Bryan Williamson. 16 hours. 

Playful Abstract Painting

Learn a variety of mark-making techniques and how to use unusual methods for applying acrylic paints. You will have the chance to explore different surfaces such as fabric, paper, and cardboard. Instructor: G. Irizarry. 3 hours. 

Introduction to Costume Design

Explore the magnificent art of Costume Design by examining multiple period styles, research methods, and rendering techniques. Each section will focus on a separate period/style and will include an activity to develop further understanding and creativity. Instructor: Chris Sprouse. 34 hours. 

Costume Design

Create your very own beautiful costume designs in various styles via methods learned through project exploration. Unleash your creativity with a technical sense – emphasis on creativity! Assignments will be displayed and critiqued by the class and instructor to improve technique. All are welcome as basic skills will be introduced. Instructor: Chris Sprouse. 34 hours. 

Couples Communication

Learn concepts and skills that will help you and your partner listen, talk, and relate to one another as well as increase your interpersonal competence to help you both live a more satisfactory and meaningful life. A Couples Communication with ($41.95) or without scripture ($39.95) will be required. The instructor will contact you by phone or email prior to class starting. For order information, contact Lisa Webb at 493-7317. (One packet per couple). Instructor: Martha Brown. 8 hours. 

Core Communication

Learn six talking skills and five listening skills for resolving conflicts, making decisions, solving problems, and negotiating more effectively. You can expect to: develop confidence; create faster, better resolutions to conflicts; increase your personal power and influence; choose specific approaches for handling difficult conversations; and reduce interpersonal tension and stress. Instructor: Martha Brown. 12 hours. 

Ukulele for Adult Beginners

The ukulele is a fun and easy to learn instrument! Even if you have never played an instrument before, you will be playing the ukulele after the very first class! Explore basic chords, simple strums, and fun songs together as a group class. You will need to bring your own ukulele. 5 hours. 

Ukulele to Accompany Singing

The ukulele is a fantastic instrument for accompanying singing, both in small and large groups. Learn common chords and strumming patterns for ease of accompaniment. Bring songs you want to learn as well! 5 hours. 

Fun with Accordion

Calling all who are interested in learning to play the accordion – all level players are welcome! The main class objective for beginners is to learn to play at least one song by the end of the five weeks (although we typically work on several songs over a 5 week period). The class will break down the components to the songs and explore practice techniques to overcome your own individual challenges and to advance your playing. For intermediate to advanced students, you will be challenged to overcome “roadblocks” that may have been holding you back. For everyone – a great time to socialize and make music with the accordion!
5 hours. 

Creating Your Life Story in Song: Give a Gift to Your Family

Capture your journey in life through song; a wonderful gift for your family. Use songs already written, or create lyrics of your own.  Songs can be new, or can be favorites from long ago. Leave a lasting legacy for your loved ones with your treasure of music. 3 hours. 

Write Now – Creative Writer’s Toolbox

Have you ever wanted to write a novel or short story but are not sure where to begin? Well, first you have to write, now!! Learn the basic tools of creative writing to get you energized and motivated to put words on paper. Elements of fiction, nonfiction, story-boarding, developing plot, and much more will be discussed. You will take part in group discussions, interactive in-class writing assignments and will come out of this class with a toolbox for writing success. Instructor: Christina Ruotolo. 18 hours. 

Family Stories Workshop

Every family has stories to tell, but many are lost before they’re recorded. In this workshop, students will receive guidance in how to write and structure these stories and their own. Through a balance of lecture, stimulating memory exercises, discussion, and class feedback they will be able to create a permanent record of these stories for posterity. Instructor: Patsy O’Leary. 36 hours. 

Family Stories Workshop

Every family has stories to tell, but many are lost before they’re recorded. In this workshop, students will receive guidance in how to write and structure these stories and their own. Through a balance of lecture, stimulating memory exercises, discussion, and class feedback they will be able to create a permanent record of these stories for posterity. Instructor: Patsy O’Leary. 18 hours. 

Basic Sewing: Make Your Own Lounge Pants

Learn how to make a basic pair of lounge pants. Skills learned will be pattern and fabric, sewing a straight stitch, how to make a casing, and measuring for elastic and basic hems. Instructor: Elizabeth Weidner. 8 hours. 

Secrets to Self Publishing

Are you ready to dust off your fiction novel, memoir, or completed poetry book and get it ready for publication? Then you have picked the right class! This 8-week course will help you get your completed manuscript ready for self publication. It includes everything you need to know about story-boarding, manuscript formatting, editing, cover design, back copy, book pricing and royalties, crafting the perfect query letter, and how to market your book sales for success. With a comprehensive list of resources to top it all off, there is no better place to turn for learning how to get your book on the shelves and into the hands of readers. Some in-class writing will be required. Instructor: Christina Ruotolo. 14 hours. 

B4U Sew

Learn about fabric, sewing terminology, how to read a pattern, how to measure for proper fitting, basic hand sewing stitches, and finally there will be a total discussion and demonstration on a sewing machine. Instructor: Elizabeth Weidner. 8 hours. 

Painting Stories with Mixed Media

This interactive creative writing workshop will introduce a variety of mixed media assignments that art teachers can incorporate into their current teaching plans. You will learn about the wonderful world of creative writing, including elements of American Gothic or Magic Realism. Artist tools provided will be notebooks and pens and/or pencils. Instructor: Christina Ruotolo. 2 hours. 

Stage Fright: Performance Anxiety

Learn to overcome anxiety (a little nervousness or outright terror) when performing before an audience or in an audition. Gain an understanding of your  own personality dynamics and how they are related to performance; explore relaxation techniques useful before and during performances or public appearances, and explore how to improve your overall performance health. This class is for musicians, actors, dancers, public speakers and any others who want to improve your public performance skills. 1.5 hours. 

Preparing for Auditions

Are you preparing for an audition? Whether you are auditioning for a local group, college or university, or America’s Got Talent, you can experience a successful audition! Let us help you prepare and help you attain minimal stress and anxiety. Our faculty have years of experience with successful audition coaching. Allow yourself to play with ease while performing in an audition. 1.5 hours. 

Maximizing Performance

Put the fun back in performance! Music performance should bring feelings of great pleasure rather than unpleasant ones. At some point, performing may become too overwhelming and cause fear, tension, or shaky fingers. Our ability to maximize our performance rests on our ability to be in charge of our performance. Come and explore how to make music fun! 1.5 hours. 

Creative Writing Seminar

Whether you are an inexperienced or experienced writer, this course is for you! The emphasis is on creativity, writing, and critique. Assignments are read anonymously and critiqued by class members and the instructor to work toward improved writing technique and communication skills. Tip sheets on the elements of writing are supplemented by exercises. All genres of writing are welcome. Revision and submission for publication and competition are encouraged. Instructor: Patsy O’Leary. 36 hours. 

Creative Writing Exercise Session

Whether you are an inexperienced or experienced writer, this course is for you! The emphasis is on creativity, writing, and critique. Assignments are read anonymously and critiqued by class members and the instructor to work toward improved writing technique and communication skills. Tip sheets on the elements of writing are supplemented by exercises. All genres of writing are welcome. Revision and submission for publication and competition are encouraged. Instructor: Patsy O’Leary. 18 hours. 

Classical Music: A Primer

Come learn about music for upcoming PCC Symphony Orchestra concerts. Explore the traditions of Western art music via the structure, style and composers of music before attending the concerts! Course content will include listening, lecture, discussion, an introduction to score reading and conducting, and a hands-on introduction to orchestral instruments. No previous musical experience required. 2 hours. 

Improving Your Church Choir

Explore techniques for improving choral blend, intonation, diction and repertoire. Learn how to balance the musical and non-musical duties for church musicians, such as recruitment & retention, library, and the church year. Whether you are a volunteer or professional, director or accompanist … this course is for you! 3 hours. 

New Horizons Band

Did you play in band during high school? Have you always wanted to learn to play a flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, or another instrument? It’s never too late to learn! New Horizons Band is for adult musicians, novice and experienced. We will help you learn from the beginning or help you “relearn.” No auditions are required but you will need your own instrument. Playing an instrument is great for maintaining finger movement, helping to keep arthritic hand limber and maintaining and improving respiratory functioning. In addition, social fun is good for everyone! New Horizons Band plays for a variety of locations and activities in the community, such as senior living centers, senior social clubs, concerts, celebrations, and community events. 48 hours.

New Horizons Band – Beginner

Did you play in band during high school? Have you always wanted to learn to play a flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, or another instrument? It’s never too late to learn! New Horizons Band is for adult musicians, novice and experienced. We will help you learn from the beginning or help you “relearn.” No auditions are required but you will need your own instrument. Playing an instrument is great for maintaining finger movement, helping to keep arthritic hand limber and maintaining and improving respiratory functioning. In addition, social fun is good for everyone! New Horizons Band plays for a variety of locations and activities in the community, such as senior living centers, senior social clubs, concerts, celebrations, and community events. 32 hours.

PCC Symphony Orchestra

Do you play an orchestral instrument? Join us for an opportunity to gain experience by playing in an ensemble. Emphasis is placed on orchestral techniques and the study and performance of a variety of styles and periods of orchestral and string ensemble literature. Upon completion, you should be able to demonstrate skills needed to participate in ensemble playing leadership to performance. Prerequisite: Completion of high school orchestra or band program, or comparable private lesson experience. All other cases to be determined by audition. Instructor: Michael Stephenson. 34 hours. Cost: FREE

Reading Music I

You will be introduced to the basics of reading musical notation. Let us help you make sense of printed music! Topics will include note names, key signatures, intervals, scales, and a brief introduction to rudiments of music theory. The content and pacing of this course will be tailored to your specific interests and abilities. (minimum enrollment required) 5 hours. 

Reading Music II

Build on concepts you learned in Reading Music I. This will include developing basic music reading skills and exploring basic music theory concepts through collaborative activities and group participation. 5 hours. 

Art of Self-Promotion

Explore ways to promote your music and skills through Social Media, building a Website, Music Blogs, collaborating with other musicians and other promotional materials and skills.  Working with professionals from the Music Academy of Eastern Carolina, you will have the opportunity to draft and create your materials. You will need to bring your own laptop. Be sure to bring your creativity and excitement for this experience! 5 hours. 

Finale Software Arrangement

Learn how to notate music in Finale, the industry recognized music notation software, and create professional lead sheets, tablature, or orchestral scores. Help is available for you to understand this program, from beginner basics to advanced techniques. 3 hours. 

Piano for Adult Beginners

The Music Academy of Eastern Carolina believes that every life needs music and anyone can learn to play the piano. A desire to learn is the only prerequisite. Classes are not about the final products but about the joy found in the process along the way. You will learn basic hand positions, simple melodies, note names, and beginning music reading. You will encourage and support one another as you make music together. (Enrollment of 4 required.) 5 hours. 

Group Piano for Adults with Prior Experience

Build on knowledge you have learned in previous piano lessons or classes. We will review piano skills and continue development with two-handed techniques, including basic hand positions,chords, complex melodies, and use music symbols to play the keyboard. (Enrollment of 4 required.) 5 hours. 

Group String for Adults

Do you find yourself wishing to be a part of an ensemble, but not sure if you can play well enough? Your wish has come true! Group Strings classes are relaxed and fun, whether you are new to playing, haven’t played since high school days or just want to play with others. This is the group for you! Enroll today-you never know until you try! 5 hours. 

The Celebration Singers

Love to sing? Celebration Singers is a fun and social group for adults! We sing for a variety of locations and activities in the community such as senior living centers, senior social clubs, concerts, celebrations, and community events. Come enjoy music from Gospel to Broadway show tunes, and just about everything in between! Group singing offers benefits such as deep and controlled breathing, focus on maintaining good use of your lungs, diaphragm, and abdominal muscles, and engaging in continued learning for your brain. Add music to your health! Attend as often as you can – we understand life is full of appointments and travel! You do not have to be an expert musician. If music reading seems like a foreign language, it’s ok. We will gladly help and teach the music for all levels. There are no auditions; come and enjoy the fun! 14 hours. 

Guitar for Adult Beginners

Singing is fun when you can accompany yourself on the guitar! Learn the basics of playing guitar: chords, strumming, single string playing, finger-picking, tuning, fundamentals of music and technique. Lots of “hands-on” experience in a variety of styles. Folk song literature will be explored, which is ideal for teachers of early childhood through elementary school children and adults who wish to accompany their families. Acoustic guitar is required. Materials not included. 5 hours. 

Coping with Loss and Grief

Learn positive skills for dealing with loss and grief by understanding the effects and impacts of loss and grief. You will gain an understanding of your personal emotional needs and identify healthy means of support and healing while participating in creative and meaningful music therapy groups. Allow the power of music and other creative arts to help you heal. Whether you are dealing with the loss through death, dementia of your loved ones, PTSD or other trauma, a terminal illness, or life’s ever changing situations such as job loss, music, and creative expression can help you find a path of healing and growth. 2 hours.

Hear My Voice: Social Fun

Join others with life-aging issues (dementia, limited mobility, and others) along with your loved ones, families and/or care takers. Create fun experiences through social interaction while engaging in rhythmic movement and music.  Hum, sing, laugh, play rhythm instruments and create your own music together while in a nurturing and safe environment. Be a part of making fun life memories. 3 hours. 

Decrease My Stress: Relaxation through Music

Want to lower your stress or anxiety?  Use the power of your mind and learn how, through music therapy, to attain a sense of relaxation.  Music therapy has always been a great healer.  Music is a significant mood-changer and reliever of tension. Involvement in music has shown to decrease heart rates and to promote higher body temperature – a sign of the body relaxing! Relaxation can lower metabolism and help treat chronic pain and insomnia. Through learning techniques for deep relaxation, you can focus on relaxing the mind and the body at the same time. Come and let our music therapists help you facilitate the experience of rhythm and music, bringing you a calming effect. Learn techniques and skills you can practice at home on your own. Combining music therapy with relaxation therapy is more efficient than doing relaxation alone. Let us help you make the process of relaxation easier for yourself. This is caring for yourself time! 1 hour. 

Understanding Your Personal Finances

Do you feel like you can never get ahead? Do you wonder if you’re ever going to get a FREE paycheck to do what you want? Are you seeking a solution to make your current credit situation better and obtain the financial freedom you’ve always dreamed about? Are you seeking ways to save for the future, purchase your first home or a vehicle for the first time? If so, you’re not alone and this series will help you structure and strategize for your future success! Come join us for 3 Steps to your Financial Bounce-Back, 3 Steps to your Credit Bounce-Back, and 3 Steps to Saving Successfully and Purchasing Your First Home. Instructor: Antonio Bunn. 9 hours.