Music Lessons for All Ages
Interested in music lessons? Our instrumental instructors are specialists on their instrument. We offer weekly music lessons on campus at EMU. Student placement is determined by schedule. Students may choose 30-, 45- or 60-minute lessons at the discretion of the instructor.
Private and group music lessons are offered in piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, guitar; Suzuki violin, viola, cello, guitar, piano and flute.
For program newsletters and brochures, see our list of downloadable PDFs.
Fall 2017 Instrumental Lesson Registration is now open!
New students will be accepted on a space-available basis. Registration is due by August 10.
Office phone: 540-432-4277
Office email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The PDF Brochure for Academic year 2017-18, which contains important program and pricing information, can be found HERE. There are two ways you may register: 1) online HERE or 2) by mailing in the form attached to the brochure. Completed registration forms and payment can be sent to:
EMU Preparatory Music Program
1200 Park Road
Harrisonburg, VA 22802
- solo recitals each semester
- small ensemble performance opportunities
- community performances (nursing homes, churches, shopping areas…)
- studio or large group performance at the end of each year
- Shenandoah Valley Youth Symphony for advanced students
Our 2017-18 Preparatory Program Calendar can be found HERE.
More about Suzuki violin, viola, guitar, flute, piano, and cello.
The Suzuki method of instruction provides a higher level of quality instruction and offers the chance to specialize lessons for each individual students.
Many children around the world are introduced to formal music-making through the unique method known as talent education, designed by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. The approach affirms that everyone has musical talent which, if lovingly and respectfully nurtured, can be developed to a high degree.
Development utilizes the “mother tongue” approach, inspired by observation of the ease with which very young children learn to speak their native language. Children first hear, then speak, then read their own language; likewise in the Suzuki approach, children first listen to music, then learn to play it by ear and by rote, then, at the discretion of the instructor, they are introduced to note reading.
Parent involvement is another hallmark of Suzuki’s approach. The idea is for the parent to be the “home coach.” The parent takes notes at the lessons, and records them if desired, and then assists the home practice. Your teacher will help you a great deal with this.
All Suzuki students receive individual instruction each week and also participate in biweekly group classes. These group classes are required for violin and guitar students in Book 1-5. Group lessons may include learning to play as a group, learning supplementary music, pre-note reading or note reading activities, theory games, ear training, improvisation and composition skills, ensemble playing, solo performances, or listening opportunities.
The Pre-Twinkle violin and guitar classes meet once a week and are for 3- and 4-year-olds.
Learn more about the Suzuki method on the Suzuki Association of the Americas webpage
Intermediate and advanced students on teacher recommendation may choose to be a part of a chamber group.
Participation is encouraged, as it develops the student’s ensemble playing ability in a rewarding setting. Students may choose their own groups or a student may simply register and be placed in a group.
Students practice on their own once a week and are coached by an instructor twice a month or as arranged.
Adult Piano Classes
RMM, Recreational Music Making, is music making for the joy of it in a non-stressful environment, regardless of age, background, or prior experience. This class is for you if you currently do not play or play a little, want to play and create music for your own enjoyment, want a stress free musical experience, and/or love piano music!
The RMM Registration is currently closed.
If a visitor or street parking spot is not available before 5 p.m. you will need a permit. This is only for parking before 5 p.m. Please contact the preparatory music office at 540-432-4277 or to ask for a parking permit.