PLATTSBURGH - Throughout the years, pianist Adrian Carr has come to notice the benefits of music in a person's life. Now, he's taking what he knows about music and extending it to the community.
On Wednesday, Sept. 1, Carr will host an open house at the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts, 23 Brinkerhoff St., from 3:30-6 p.m. The plan is for people to come in and see what he will begin offering at the center.
"I'm doing piano lessons, but also 'Everything Music,' which is kind of like a music exposure and appreciation class for young people, as well as the North Country Music Club, which is for adults in the evening," Carr explained.
Carr said his intention for the two classes is to "bring music into the community" by using a variety of techniques.
"It's been generally shown in several studies that classical music really helps the brain develop, and for kids this is really wonderful," Carr explained. "I've noticed there is a real connection between kids after they're starting to learn piano and get involved in music."
According to Carr's Web site, www.adriancarrpiano.com, there are 12 benefits of music education. From brain development in language and reasoning, to enhancing teamwork skills and discipline, Carr sees music as a "wonderful experience" for people.
To bring the experience to the community, Carr contacted NCCCA last spring and asked what they were doing about music at the center.
"They said, 'Well, we don't have any plans yet,'" recalled Carr.
Explaining what he hoped to do, the center set up a room for him with a piano, as they wanted to encourage the music in the center as well.
"As funding is getting more and more cut from public schools and the arts are just suffering, I find that there is a space opening up here," Carr said. "This is where the North Country Cultural Center can really fill this space ... Not just in music, but in the art course they're doing here and everything."
Every Wednesday, beginning Sept. 8, NCCCA will be a day of music, according to Carr.
The Everything Music class, which will be held in the afternoons for children ages 5 and older, will help kids understand both classical and popular music.
"What I want to do is make kids music literate," Carr said. "So, that they're not experts, but at least they know about music.
"We'll be designing the program kind of as we go," he added. "Questions that they might have about music. Music that they might want to play. Topics that they might have questions about. It's very much going to be an interactive kind of thing."
Carr is hoping to also bring in art instructors, so children can see the connection between music and art.
For adults, the North Country Music Club will be held Wednesday evenings, with the focus on getting people to appreciate music.
"It want it to be interactive," Carr said. "Because I want it to be about them. Anything that I can do to help them appreciate music, help them understand something that they always wanted to know about, but just never asked, or were afraid to ask, or didn't know who to ask."
For more information about the open house, e-mail Carr at firstname.lastname@example.org or call NCCCA at 563-1604.