Northwestern State University will offer non-credit classes in digital photography, Microsoft Publisher, floral design, beginning guitar and piano in July.  The courses are offered through the Office of Electronic and Continuing Education and are open to anyone interested.


Northwestern State University will offer non-credit classes in digital photography, Microsoft Publisher, floral design, beginning guitar and piano in July.  The courses are offered through the Office of Electronic and Continuing Education and are open to anyone interested.

Beginning Digital Photography will teach the basics of taking good photographs with a digital camera. The class will address the use of available light, flash, memory cards, filter, lenses and composition as well as photography camps, magazines and seminars and where to take good photos.  The class will be from 6-8 p.m. July 6 in Russell Hall Room 211.  Gale Trussell will be the instructor.  The cost is $55.

Participants can learn to make fancy flyers, calendars, labels and business cards in the MS Publisher class.  The class will cover how to add graphics to greeting cards, invitations, certificates, letterheads and more.  Participants will learn how to add clip art to documents and work with templates to create different types of publications. Dates are Wednesdays, July 7, July 14 and July 21 from 5-8 p.m. in Dodd Hall Room 113 of Dodd Hall.  Terrie McCallister is the instructor.  The cost is $99.

Silk Floral Design will teach participants how to create lasting artificial flower arrangements for beginning floral designers.  The class will be from 4-6 p.m. on Saturdays July 10, July 17 and July 24 at The Master’s Bouquet. The fee is $100 plus materials. The instructor will be Dawn Martin.

Martin will also teach Basic Floral Design, including how to make a bow, wiring techniques for flowers and designing centerpieces for beginning floral designers.  The class is for anyone with a love of flowers or a person interested in entering the floral industry. The class will be from 1-4 p.m. on Saturdays July 10, July 17 and July 24 at the Master’s Bouquet.  The fee is $200 plus $100 supply fee. 

Beginning Guitar will focus on humming and strumming familiar tunes, music appreciation and enjoyment. Students will learn basic major and minor chords.  Six practice sessions will include familiar songs. Students will compile a collection of at least 20 familiar songs that they will learn in six lessons.  Home practice will be required in order to achieve successful results.  Students should be at least 11 years old. Participants are encouraged to bring a friend.  The class will be from 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, July 20-Thursday, July 22 and Tuesday, July 27-Thursday, July 29.  The fee is $50 plus a $10 materials fee.  The class will be held at the NSU Middle Lab School Room 161.  Philip McClung will be the instructor.

McClung will teach Intermediate Guitar with a focus on blues and rock guitar technique, music appreciation and enjoyment in classes that follow Beginning Guitar on Tuesdays-Thursday July 20-22 and July 27-29 from 11 a.m.-noon. Students must know basic major and minor chords on demand before enrolling for this class. Six practice sessions will include familiar songs.  Students will compile a collection of at least 20 familiar songs they will learn to play in six lessons.  Home practice will be required.  Students should be at least 11 years old.  Participants are encouraged to bring a friend.

Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People is an innovative approach to piano instruction in learning to play chords and develop the techniques with home practice using a practice CD provided by the instructor.  Participants should be able to find Middle C and understanding EGBDF.  If not, anyone interested can send a self-addressed stamped envelope to receive a free pamphlet to Music Masters, 90 Molly Lane, Ringgold, LA  30736, before enrolling in the course.  The instructor will collect $25 for a book and 68-minute practice CD in class.   Topics will cover how chords work in music, musical shortcuts, how to speed read sheet music, how to derive major, minor and seventh chords, how to handle different keys and time signatures, techniques for counting and how to substitute for 12,000 complex chords. 

The class will be from 6-9:30 p.m. Monday, July 26 in the Creative and Performing Arts Building Room 228.  The instructor will be David Haynes.  The fee is $55 plus the $25 materials fee.

For more information on these and other classes, visithttp://ece.nsula.edu/non-credit/ or call(800) 376-2422 or (318) 357-6355.  To learn more about our on-line non-credit courses visithttp://www.gatlineducation.com/nsulaandhttp://www.ed2go.com/nsu/