CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY RANDY BERGERON -- Southeastern Louisiana University Community Music School Director Jivka Duke, left, recently receives a donation from First Guaranty Bank representative and SLU graduate Jane Wear. First Guaranty Bank has helped support Southeastern’s Community Music School over the last seven years.

Southeastern Louisiana University Community Music School is providing need-based assistance thanks to the support of First Guaranty Bank.

“Over the past few years, many students from our community have benefited from the bank’s sponsorship of the program,” said Community Music School Director Jivka Duke. “Due to First Guaranty Bank’s generosity, during the fall 2017 and the spring of 2018 semesters, the Community Music School will again be able to provide need-based tuition assistance to students who qualify.”

Duke said partners such as First Guaranty Bank play an important role in preserving the quality of programs, such as the Community Music School, and in making them accessible and affordable to everyone.

The Community Music School, on the Southeastern campus and in two satellite locations at the St. Tammany Center in Mandeville and the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center in Walker, offers music instruction on various instruments and voice for all ages.

In addition to private music lessons, Duke said, the school offers programs that allow for children and adults on the northshore and the surrounding communities to engage in the art of music performance. Programs include the Middle School Band Camp, as well as guitar, orchestra and chamber music workshops taking place during the last two weeks of June. Registration and information about the programs is available at

For more information about the Community Music School’s year-round program, visit or call (985) 549-5502.