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The music teachers at Keystone Musical Arts Center do not have a classroom specifically dedicated to the center’s students..

Officials with the center hope to change that.

Center officials Monday announced its intention to open its first location in Hampden Township. The 7,400-square-foot facility is located at 4910 Carlisle Pike across from the Hampden Center.

According to a news release from Terry Selders, executive director of the center, the space is larger than the center needs at the moment, but the landlord is allowing occupancy at a reduced cost in order for the center to grow into it.

The center plans on dividing build-out into two phases in order to reduce start-up costs and to open the facility as soon as possible. Phase one will include the construction of all rooms on the perimeter of the building, which includes teaching studios, classrooms, office and waiting area. Phase two will include more studios, a performance studio and a larger space that will be undeveloped for future growth.

The center expects to have 20 classrooms by the time both phases are complete.

Officials said volunteers will paint the rooms during the first phase, and they are looking for donations of materials from local suppliers to help offset costs.

Center officials hope a fundraising campaign will help them in this endeavor and ask donors to visit www.KeystoneMusicalArtsCenter.org to donate or for more information.

Keystone Musical Arts Center is a project of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, which is the fiscal sponsor of the center. The center offers musical lessons to area students.

“TFEC has been supporting nonprofit organizations in the Central PA region for 95 years, and we were delighted to assist in the development of this vital organization, which will bring extensive musical education to students across our region,” said Deb Fulham-Winston, asset development and project officer for The Foundation for Enhancing Communities. “This is especially important as the school systems, squeezed by mandates, have decreased the amount of music and arts education available to students attending those schools.”

The center also recently received a $1,364 grant for its Experience Music program from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts through its Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts Project Stream program.

“While we must currently be focused on bringing all our teachers back together under one roof, having funding in place for programs next year is a blessing,” Selders said in a news release.

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