By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2012
Jana Jae, world-renowned fiddler, Roy Clark, a living legend in the music industry, and Claremore Chamber President Dell Davis were on hand earlier this year for the ribbon cutting for the Roy Clark Music School at the Northeast Technology Center in Claremore.
While legend Roy Clark doesn’t teach guitar or fiddle lessons in Claremore, he has endorsed the Northeast Technology Center’s music school which now carries his name. The Roy Clark Music School opened in February of 2012 with a variety of class offerings in guitar, fiddle, mandolin, music theory, piano, sound mixing, introduction to the music business, and more.
A living legend in the music industry, Clark has had a career spanning over 50 years. Besides gracing the stage with a “who’s who” of musicians, he spent over 20 years as host of the hit show “Hee Haw,” has guest-hosted “The Tonight Show,” and is a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Clark has won countless awards, including the Academy of Country Music’s prestigious “Entertainer of the Year” award. Clark continues to perform live, taking his music to all corners of the nation, as well as recording new music.
“We are so honored to have the Roy Clark Music School on our Claremore campus,” says Melissa Overcash, adult education director. NTC classes are held in the evenings so that working adults can attend. However, classes are open to youngsters beginning at age 12. Students have the opportunity to learn directly from pioneers in the music industry and from professionals with impressive résumés.
Spring 2013 classes include Mandolin, Music Theory, Twin Fiddle, Western Swing Jam Session, Bluegrass Jam Session, Fiddling with Flair, Introduction to Fiddling, Beginning Fiddling, Contemporary Guitar Jam, Guitar I and II, Advanced Guitar, Bass Guitar I, II and III, Banjo, Keyboard/Piano I and II, Introduction to Sound Mixing, How to Jam (Improv), and Inside the Music Business.
“With instructors like Shelby Eicher and Jana Jae, you will receive the absolute best training for a great price,” Overcash says. “Most of our music classes are less than $12 per session, while private instruction usually runs around $50 per hour.” Most of NTC’s sessions are 12 weeks.
“These are ridiculously low prices for top-notch lessons from professionals,” adds Overcash. “This is truly a labor of love for them and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for people in northeastern Oklahoma to train with these talented instructors.”
Besides Eicher, who teaches mandolin, fiddle and music theory, and Jae, a world-renowned fiddle player, other instructors include Ray Bingham, who has actively managed, produced and booked acts for over 50 years; Rick Morton, who teaches mandolin, fiddle and music theory and has years of experience as a professional musician; Spencer Sutton, who currently plays with Bob Wills Texas Playboys; Danny McBride, who currently plays with the Tulsa Playboys; Phillip Bostic, who teaches banjo and mandolin; and Scott Schmidt, who teaches mandolin.
“The Roy Clark Music School is a great opportunity that I wish I had access to as I was growing up learning to play music,” says Eicher, who spent 10 years on “Hee Haw” and 15 years in the Roy Clark Band.
The NTC campus is located at 1901 N. Hwy. 88 in Claremore, just north of Rogers State University. “You don’t have to live in Rogers County to attend classes here,” Overcash adds. “We have people who drive from all over northeastern Oklahoma as well as from Joplin and Arkansas.”
Spring classes at the Roy Clark Music School are now enrolling. Call Northeast Technology Center’s Claremore campus at (918) 342-8066 or go to their website at www.netech.edu for more information.
After 30 years in public school education, Carol Round retired and moved from Grand Lake to Claremore, Oklahoma in 2005, where she writes a weekly faith-based column which runs in 14 Oklahoma newspapers as well as several national and international publications. Three volumes of her columns have been compiled into collections: A Matter of Faith, Faith Matters and by FAITH alone. She has also written Journaling with Jesus: How to Draw Closer to God and a companion workbook, The 40-Day Challenge. This past year she has written three children’s books, a series called Nana’s 3 Jars, to teach children about the value of giving, saving and spending money. All of Carol’s books are available through Amazon. In addition to writing her weekly column, authoring books and speaking to women’s groups, she writes for Value News. She also blogs regularly at www.carolaround.com. When she is not writing or speaking, she loves spending time with her three grandchildren, working in her flowerbeds, shooting photos, volunteering at her church or going on mission trips overseas, and hiking. She is also an avid reader and loves working crosswords and trying to solve Sudoku puzzles.