Wharton Music Center (WMC) welcomes students to consider learning to play an instrument by registering for one of its introductory group classes in guitar, cello, violin, or French horn. The nine-week, 45-minute introductory classes begin Monday, September 16 at WMC located at 60 Locust Avenue in Berkeley Heights. The classes are for students ages six to nine and include a free instrument rental.

The classes will be instructed by WMC faculty members Craig Graham (guitar), Alice Hamlet (violoncello), Eric Salazar (violin), and Kathleen Ditmer (French horn), and will focus on the basics of technique, note-reading, and varying styles of repertoire. Taught in a nurturing environment that encourages student participation and helps develop study habits and musicality, introductory group classes are an excellent springboard for young students into the world of music and a new instrument.

Parents interested in enrolling their child in the introductory group classes can register online at www.WhartonMusicCenter.org or call 908 790-0700. All new students are eligible to receive a $25 tuition discount upon registration. For further information, call 908 790-0700.

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Wharton Music Center, located at 60 Locust Avenue in Berkeley Heights, provides music, theater, and dance instruction, educational programs, and performances for children, teens, and adults. In addition to instruction in all instruments and voice, WMC offers classes in musical theater, dance, drama, choral music, vocal music, music theory, audio recording, early childhood music, and music for children with special needs. Offering a range of musical genres including classical, rock, jazz, and blues, WMC is one of New Jersey’s largest independent non-profit community music centers serving students in Berkeley Heights, Summit, Chatham, New Providence, Long Hill, Warren, Basking Ridge, Short Hills, Millburn, Livingston, Westfield, Scotch Plains, and other surrounding communities.

WMC offers orchestral and ensemble music education for grades 3 through 12 through New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS) located at 570 Central Avenue in New Providence. NJYS, one of the foremost youth orchestras in the state, has ten orchestras and ensembles for which auditions are held annually. NJYS’s premiere orchestra, Youth Symphony, has performed in internationally-renowned concert halls such as Carnegie Hall in New York City and Musikverein in Vienna.

For more information, visit www.WhartonMusicCenter.org or www.NJYS.org. Wharton Music Center is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.


Carol A. Ulmer

Director of Development and Marketing

Wharton Music Center


908 790-0700