Kellogg Community College asks community to “Experience Music” with free music classes during Music Week at KCC Sept. 12-15

Kellogg Community College is offering free access to a dozen music classes in September as part of its annual Music Week at KCC, a weeklong celebration of all things music.

Music Week at KCC will run from Monday, Sept. 12, through Thursday, Sept. 15, primarily at College’s Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Center, on campus at 450 North Ave. in Battle Creek. The weeklong series of classes also includes online options as well as opportunities at KCC’s regional center campus in Coldwater.

All classes are free and open to the public, but advance registration is required via the form online at

Music classes offered for free during Music Week at KCC range in topic from general classes on music appreciation and music fundamentals, to individualized voice and instrumental lessons, to choir and band opportunities and more, including:

  • MUSI 100: Fundamentals of Music (online)
  • MUSI 104: Branch County Community Chorus (in Coldwater)
  • MUSI 105: Kellogg Singers (in Battle Creek)
  • MUSI 107: Voice Class (online)
  • MUSI 112: Individualized Voice Lesson (in Battle Creek)
  • MUSI 122: Individualized Piano/Keyboard Lesson (in Battle Creek)
  • MUSI 130: Beginning Music Theory 1 (in Battle Creek)
  • MUSI 132: Aural Comprehension and Music Reading 1 (in Battle Creek)
  • MUSI 135: Individualized Instrumental Lesson (in Battle Creek)
  • MUSI 160: KCC Concert Band (in Battle Creek)
  • MUSI 161: KCC Jazz Band (in Battle Creek)
  • MUSI 211: Music Appreciation and How to Take a Music Course Online Q&A Session (in Battle Creek)

Dr. Gerald Case-Blanchard, professor of vocal music and music area coordinator at KCC, said Music Week provides the community a unique opportunity to participate in the music process while sampling college music classes in a low-pressure environment.

“We welcome individuals of all backgrounds to come to KCC during Music Week and experience music not only as an audience member, but as a student and participant in the music-making process,” Case-Blanchard said. “Whether you have years of experience enjoying or performing music or are completely new to the arts, we’ll have something for everyone to enjoy at KCC during Music Week.”

The free courses will proceed as regularly scheduled at the College with registered KCC students attending for credit, giving individuals who sit in on the classes a chance to see what a college music course at KCC is like.

“This is a great opportunity for those who have thought about pursuing an interest in music at the college level but aren’t sure if it’s right for them,” Case-Blanchard said. “These classes cover a broad range of our musical offerings here at KCC and provide a clear window into music studies at the College.”

Music Week at KCC will kick off with a free community forum event held in conjunction with the Battle Creek Symphony, titled “Hold On, America, Hold On!” The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, at the Davidson Center, and feature remarks from Case-Blanchard, Interim KCC President Dr. Paul R. Watson II and Anne Harrigan, artistic director and creative director of the Battle Creek Symphony. It will be facilitated by Dr. Katena Cain, a management consultant for the Nonprofit Network.

The forum will overlap with a concurrent Music Week at KCC open house with music faculty, running until 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be available following the forum.

For more information about Music Week at KCC or other music programming at the College, contact Case-Blanchard at or 269-565-7859.

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