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John Long - Alphorn
April 14, 2014 : The World of Music Comes to Ohio University’s Pickerington Center
- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager


Lancaster – The Ohio University Pickerington Center is alive with the sound of music.  That’s because students are learning about the world of music in an up close and personal way. 
On Wednesday, March 26, Noel Franks, an alphorn blower and singer with the Columbus Swiss Helvetia Maennerchor, did an alphorn demonstration at the Pickerington Center for the Music 1210, World Music Class. 
“Franks gave a brief history of the horn and demonstrated the horn's many techniques,” said Instructor John Long. “The students got an in-depth look at the native Swiss instrument.  They also got insight into the music and culture of Switzerland.”
The class focuses on the music of different cultures and especially the music connected to people and their customs. Students are learning about the values and meaning of the music in the lives of diverse human communities.
“We've explored everything from India, Japan, China, the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, to the music of Native Americans.,” said Long. “It is not your basic ‘Western’ style music class, like Bach and Beethoven.”
Later this week, on April 16th, Mark Camden will demonstrate a variety of Native American flutes and instruments. 
“This first-hand experience is so valuable for our Ohio University Pickerington Center students,” said Long.