Arlene Ratz offering piano keyboard classes, private lessons at CAC

COOLIDGE, AZArlene Ratz will be teaching piano keyboard classes and private lessons at Central Arizona College’s Signal Peak Campus during the spring semester.

Ratz, a retired CAC professor of music, is known for her ability to teach beginners - especially adults – how to play.

“Students will learn music basics through the piano keyboard notation, chords, scales, classics and blues,” she explained.

The Beginners class will meet from 1:30-3:20 p.m. on Tuesday afternoons beginning Jan. 18, while the Players class will be taught from 1:30-3:20 p.m. on Thursday afternoons starting Jan. 20. Each course is worth two credits.

Classes will meet in the piano lab (Room 121) of the Don P. Pence Center for Visual & Performing Arts at the Signal Peak Campus.

Registration may be completed online by visiting the Central Arizona College website at Students also may register at any of CAC’s 10 locations in Pinal County.

For those who want to register but are unsure of their proficiency level, please contact Ratz by calling 520-494-5395 or 520-723-5384, or by e-mail at

There are openings for private lessons during the spring semester, according to Ratz. Lessons are taught in 50-minute weekly sessions and students should call to schedule a time.

“It’s very important for students to understand that to learn to play the piano or keyboard you need to have access to a piano or a keyboard,” Ratz stressed. “You need a piano or keyboard for daily practice.”

Ratz brings a wealth of experience to CAC in both the teaching and music profession. She earned her master’s degree in music from Eastern New Mexico University and has a master’s in counseling from Austin College. She earned her undergraduate degree at Jamestown College and earned certifications to teach music, psychology and English in the state of Arizona.

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