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February 24, 2014 : Student Interest in Guitar Continues to Grow on Lancaster Campus
- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager


Lancaster – If you think you’ve noticed a lot of students with guitars on the Lancaster Campus lately, you are not imagining things.  What started out as a small student organization based around learning to play the guitar has turned into the largest folk guitar class for non-music majors on any Ohio University campus.
Fall semester, a small group of students started The S.T.R.U.M. (Students Teaching Rookie Undergraduate Musicians) Club.  Music Instructor Paul Young became the group’s advisor.  The club grew and students asked Young to offer Music 1651, Classic Folk Guitar for Non-Majors, in Lancaster during spring semester.  Seventeen students registered for the class.  The only other section of the course is offered in Athens and 11 students are registered for that class.
guitar 2 small“The guitar is awesome,” said Phillip Spurlock, a sophomore. “There are many of us on campus who want to learn to play the guitar just because it’s a great instrument."
“Most of the students never played an instrument in high school,” said Young. “This class is a great way to expose them to music in a fun way.”
Young has his Ph.D. in Educational Administration and his Master’s Degree in Music Performance. The former elementary school principal, fourth grade teacher and band director has been teaching courses on the Lancaster Campus since 1982.  Young teaches courses in music history, music theory and teacher education.
“I have the background knowledge and the music theory knowledge,” said Young. “These students need to learn that in order to learn to play the guitar well.”
“I’ve wanted to learn the guitar for years,” said Alex Gatton, a freshman. “I just haven’t had the chance, and this class gives me the opportunity to pick the guitar up and try it out.”
The class is a studio class, which means it has a hands-on course design to let the students learn the guitar by playing it.  For the mid-term exam, students have to play the guitar for Young individually.
Many students in the class are still part of the S.T.R.U.M. Club, which meets outside of class hours.
“We’ve created our own guitar community on campus,” said Mikey Ternaux, a junior. “It’s a nice thing to have here. “
If you’re interested in becoming part of the S.T.R.U.M. Club, contact Young at