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Central RED Society to Present Community Christmas Strum

Featured: Central RED Society to Present Community Christmas Strum

November 21, 2023

The Central RED Society will present “Community Christmas Strum” with Sarah Van Waardhuizen, associate professor of music education at Central College, on Monday, Dec. 4. 

Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. in the Dave ’61 and Ardie Sutphen ’64 Common Room, Central’s Graham Annex. The class begins at noon. The lunch cost is $10, with a limit of 30 participants.  

This presentation will allow individuals to learn a few chords on the ukulele while enjoying some Christmas music. Don’t have a musical background? No worries! Van Waardhuizen will discuss the ukulele and the significance of singing and playing. She will have 30 ukes available for participants to make music together.  

Van Waardhuizen is a native of northeast Iowa and earned her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. She teaches elementary general music methods, secondary music methods, show choir and jazz choir techniques. Van Waardhuizen piloted a course titled “Rap, Hip-Hop, and Decolonizing the Classroom” where she empowered students to examine systematic racism in education through the lens of Hip-Hop.  

Central RED (Ready to Engage and Discover) is a volunteer-driven, lifelong learning and social organization with an abiding partnership with Central alumni and friends who wish to share knowledge, talents and experiences.  

No affiliation with Central is required to join. For more information, visit central.edu/red or contact Mary Benedict by email at benedictm@central.edu or phone at 641-628-7641.