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Three new music classes at NOVA-Manassas

The Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College is offering three new music classes during the fall 2015 semester.

“Music Appreciation” (MUS 121) covers Western music through the classical era, including the music of Bach, Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. The course will also introduce students to music from India, Africa, the Middle East, Indonesia, China and Japan. “Music Appreciation” is scheduled for Thursdays from 7 to 8:15 p.m. beginning Aug. 27.

“American Popular Music” (MUS 195) covers the evolution of popular music from 1950 to 2000, including rock, jazz, blues, R&B, soul, techno, pop, and music for film and theater. “American Popular Music” will meet from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. on Wednesdays starting Aug. 26.

“History of Jazz” (MUS 225) covers jazz from its birth through today. Styles include ragtime, Dixieland, big band, swing, bebop, fusion and jazz rock. “History of Jazz” will meet from 5 to 6:15 p.m. on Thursdays beginning Aug. 27.

Instructor Robert Raines earned a bachelor of music degree from Berklee College of Music where he studied jazz composition and performance. He also has a master’s degree in music from Shenandoah University Conservatory of Music and a doctorate of music from Florida State University.  His book, “Composition in the Digital World: Conversations with 21st Century American Composers,” was published by Oxford University Press earlier this year.

Students must register by 11:59 p.m. Aug. 23. Online registration is open 24 hours a day at www.nvcc.edu.

To learn more, contact Susan Givens at sgivens@nvcc.edu.

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Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.