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New Performing Arts Center in Hackensack!


"Every student is unique... I'm actually teaching a 61 year old saxophone player right now, who is a beginning saxophone player, and he is doing so great...if you're learning an instrument that's new to you, the first step is really exploring that instrument. Really getting to know that instrument and playing it in a way where you're being more creative and improvisational...so there's really no judgement and then at the same time we have a six level music theory system that helps people learn to read and understand music notation and theory concepts...it's very free form and focused at the same time, if that makes sense." Kiki Carter Webb on helping students of all ages get past the fear of learning an instrument.

"Kokoro" is a Japanese word that describes the unified energies of the mind, heart and spirit.  In this vein of the strong bond of mind, heart and spirit, the Kokora Center for Music and the Arts offers courses in the performance arts to students of all ages.  Piano, saxophone, guitar, ukulele, songwriting, voice lessons and much more are offered at the Kokoro Center.  Open mic nights that invite music, poetry and spoken word performances begin October 10th, doors open at 6:30, performances start at 7pm.  The next season of classes starts Monday, September 30th.  To register for classes or inquire about an area you'd like to take classes in, call 218-831-0942 or find Kokoro Center for Music and the Performing Arts Facebook Page.

"I love to perform, but I have really missed teaching.  And getting in there and watching somebody start discovering their gifts... it's amazing." Kiki Carter Webb

Katie Carter started at Northern Community Radio in 2008 as Managing Editor of the station's grant-funded, online news experiment Northern Community Internet. Since 2016, she's produced Area Voices showcasing the arts, culture, and history stories of northern Minnesota. She's our local host of NPR's All Things Considered and CBC's As It Happens every weekday from 4-7pm.
Heidi Holtan is KAXE's Director of Content and Public Affairs where she manages producers and is the local host of Morning Edition from NPR. Heidi is a regional correspondent for WDSE/WRPT's Duluth Public Television’s Almanac North.
John has been listening to KAXE since the early days in 1976, and has worked as our Development Director from 1995-2022. Now semi-retired and writing, sculpting and enjoying the good life, you can hear him on the Morning Show Fridays.