The Music Preparatory Division of the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music has added a beginner violin and viola class to its summer program offerings.

Taught by Alba Madrid, the class is for students ages 9 through 14 who will learn the basics of playing violin or viola, reading music and making fun with musical friends, according to Pat Barnett, Music Prep director.

The class is from 5 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays June 4 through 27 and is limited to 10 students. Tuition is $100, and instruments may be rented.

Other summer lessons are offered in piano, jazz piano, voice, guitar, flute, Suzuki violin and other instruments. Private lessons begin the week of June 3. Music Prep also offers Guitar Camp June 11 through 14 and Kids Summer Piano Camp July 15 through 18 for children and a six-week adult intermediate piano class beginning June 17.

Registration forms and more information can be accessed at, or contact Barnett at or, or call (936) 468-1291. The Music Prep House is located at 3028 Raguet St.