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EIU Department of Music

Community Music Program

Mission Statement | Objectives | Our Teachers | Application/Forms | Contact

The EIU Community Music Program provides music lessons to people of all ages in Charleston and the surrounding area. Instructors in our program are undergraduate and graduate music majors at EIU and are available to teach piano, voice, guitar and a variety of wind instruments.

In addition to a weekly lesson, there are two recitals each semester giving students in the program an opportunity to perform for their friends and families.

EIU Community Music Program Mission Statement:

The EIU Community Music Program endeavors to provide quality musical instruction at affordable prices to community members of all ages in the city of Charleston and surrounding communities. In addition, the program provides valuable teaching experience to undergraduate and graduate music majors who are employed by and mentored in the program.

EIU Community Music Program Goals and Objectives:

  • Students will achieve a measurable degree of technical mastery in the appropriate area of study.
  • Students will develop an effective work process and a coherent set of ideas and goals appropriate to their level of study.
  • Students will develop a significant body of skills sufficient to produce work consistent with the goals of their course of study.

Meet our Teachers

VoicePiano | Flute | ClarinetSaxophoneEuphonium | Tuba

Mikayla Beck, voice

Status:

Graduate student

Best days/times:

Monday evenings
Wednesday evenings
Friday evenings

Bio:

ImageMusic has the power to transport us to another time and place. Mikayla Beck loves to harness that power with a broad audience of fellow music lovers and passionate musicians alike. Ever since a young age, Mikayla has found great joy and satisfaction by being involved in the creative music process. Mikayla recently graduated from Eastern Illinois University with her Bachelors in Music and concentration in Vocal Performance. Now, she is working for the AmeriCorp as a VISTA creating STEM based learning activities and curriculum for the Mattoon Area YMCA youth. She is also teaching private voice and has been the singer for the First Presbyterian Church of Champaign’s praise band. 

Ethan Hayward, piano

Status: 

Graduate student 

Best days/times:

Tuesday evenings
Thursday evenings
Fridays

Emily Scheufele, flute

Status:

Undergraduate student

Best days/times:

Mondays are Tuesdays but open to other possibilities 

Bio:

PictureEmily Song Scheufele is a senior at Eastern Illinois University. She studies under Dr. Rebecca Johnson during the school year and Dr. Abigail Walsh during the summer. Emily has studied flute for fourteen years and piano for 13 years. She will be graduating in the spring of 2020. Her plan is to go to Middle Tennessee State University for her master's degree.

Emily has given summer lessons for three years, directed a flute choir, and taught two masterclasses. She hopes to become a college professor one day with a flute studio. 

Dr. Magie Smith, clarinet

Status: 

Faculty member

Best days/times: 

Monday/Wednesday/Friday evenings

Bio:

Dr. Magie  SmithMagie Smith is the Associate Professor of Clarinet at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois, where she has taught applied clarinet, general education courses, and directed the Community Music Program for eleven years.  She is an active recitalist, chamber and orchestral musician, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the United States. She earned Master's and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in clarinet from The Ohio State University. While at Ohio State, Dr. Smith was the recipient of the prestigious University Fellowship, served as the graduate teaching associate for the clarinet studio, and held responsibilities in the music education department. Her principal teachers include James Pyne, Tod Kerstetter, John Carmichael, and Lee Levine. Dr. Smith has been recorded on the Naxos label and has performed with numerous orchestras in the United States. These include the Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra, the Springfield (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra, the Bowling Green Chamber Orchestra, the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, and the Danville Symphony Orchestra. In the summer of 2011, she was selected to play principal clarinet with the Franco-American Vocal Academy chamber orchestra in a production of Jacques Offenbach’s La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein, in Périgueux, France and surrounding villages throughout Aquitaine. She and colleague Rebecca Johnson have been performing together for 9 years. In 2012, they were chosen to present their research project, “Flute and Clarinet Music for Young Musicians,” at the 2012 Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Illinois. Over the summer of 2014, Dr. Smith traveled to Quito, Ecuador as a guest artist and lecturer for the XXIV Convención Internacional de Flautistas en el Centro del Mundo.  Dr. Smith has served as clarinet faculty at the Interlochen Arts Camp and at the CICA International Summer Music Festival.

Dr. Smith is a dedicated pedagogue and educator. She takes personal pride and interest in each of her students. She holds a high standard of excellence in her studio and thrives on helping her students set and reach goals. Her former students have become successful music educators and performers across the country. In her free time, Dr. Smith enjoys cooking, storytelling, and traveling. 

Austin Spillman, Saxophone

Status:

Undergraduate Student

Best days/times: 

Monday/Wednesday/Friday evenings

Bio:

Austin Spillman is a sophomore music education major. He is involved in the EIU Wind Symphony, Jazz Ensemble, Panther Marching Band, and Eastern Symphonic Band. He spends most of his time in doudna and plans on getting as much experience as he can while here at Eastern.  

Dr. Evan Kelsick, Tuba/euphonium

Status: 

Faculty member

Best days/times:

Please inquire...we'll make it work!

Contact:

emkelsick@eiu.edu

Dr. Evan Kelsick, Tuba/euphonium

Status: 

Faculty member 

Best days/times:

Please inquire...we'll make it work!

Contact:

emkelsick@eiu.edu

Registration and Forms

Registration for the program occurs at the beginning of each Fall and Spring semester.

Students can apply online here! Prefer the paper version? CMP Student Application (pdf) (Fall 2019 now available)

For more information, please contact the program’s director:

Dr. Evan Kelsick
emkelsick@eiu.edu

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Contact Information

Music Department

Doudna Fine Arts Center
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
217-581-3010
music@eiu.edu


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