COTC’s Lifelong Learning Institute Gets Musical

NEWARK, Ohio, February 12, 2016 – The Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) of Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) is eager to welcome back by popular demand, Dr. Laura Schumann, who will present a variety of interesting and engaging musical topics ranging from the language of music and how to speak and understand it (known as the fundamentals of music theory), to the trends in contemporary ‘classical’ music (…which Dr. Schumann refers to as the musical version of “Where’s Waldo”) as we delve into finding the ‘classical’ music in contemporary settings. Dr. Schumann will also lead the class in crafting their own musical compositions!

Music Music Music: All About the Music – From the Fundamentals and How to Read Music, to the Trends
Presented by Dr. Laura Schumann
Mondays, February 15 & 22
10:00 a.m. – Noon & 1 – 3:00pm
  • Session One (Monday, February 15) - Music Theory: Reading & Fundamentals
  • Session Two (Monday, February 22) - Trends in 20th/21st Century Music: From Music in Movies & Musicals, to Pop/Jazz/Rock History & Influences
Location: COTC Newark Campus: John L. and Christine Warner Library and Student Center, Room 126 (Warner Platform), 1219 University Drive​

About the presenter:
Dr. Laura E. Schumann is an experienced, professional conductor, as well as a professional solo and orchestral violinist, with additional experience as an arranger and composer (Published by API Music, Wisconsin). Ms. Schumann is an eloquent speaker providing insightful commentary on music and its relation to numerous subjects, as well as motivational and directional concepts and their relationship to music and careers in general. She serves as the music director and conductor of the Southeastern Ohio Symphony Orchestra (SEOSO) and professor of music at Muskingum University.

“The members, the staff, and the instructors genuinely care about the senior population and their pursuit of personal development and growth.” explained Director of Central Ohio Technical College’s Workforce Development Innovation Center and Lifelong Learning Institute Vicki Maple. “We have created a fun educational environment that provides social enrichment among outstanding individuals with interesting topics supported by innovation and new ideas. It’s an exciting program!”
The mission of Central Ohio Technical College is to meet the technical education and training needs of students and
employers in the area.

LLI Course Catalogs are available at no cost, and participants may attend their first LLI course for free. For those wishing to become members, there is an annual membership fee of just $90, or for Licking County residents over the age of 60, there is a 50% savings of $45, thanks to the Licking County Senior Levy grant. The 2015-2016 annual membership fee covers all courses offered now through August 2016. Members may choose as many or as few of the programs and courses as they wish to experience, and they’re all covered in the annual membership fee.

“Never stop learning because life never stops teaching,” Maple concluded. “That’s our mantra at the Lifelong Learning Institute at Central Ohio Technical College!”

To learn more about the Lifelong Learning Institute at COTC, contact Vicki Maple, Director, at phone 740-364-9565, or email Information is also available online at

Central Ohio Technical College opened in 1971 and is celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2016. COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs, as well as encouraging the professional development of students, staff, faculty and administrators to assist them in achieving their maximum potential. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.