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.


Summer 2017 Instrumental Lesson Registration is now open!
New students will be accepted on a space-available basis.
Office phone: 540-432-4277
Office email:

The PDF Brochure for Academic year 2016-17, which contains important program and pricing information, can be found HERE.

Program Offerings

Performance Opportunities

  • 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

Upcoming Events

June 26-29: Shenandoah Valley Strings Camp featuring Chamber Music and Suzuki Classes

2016-17 Prep Calendar

Shenandoah Valley Strings Camp featuring Suzuki Classes & Chamber Music

If you are interested in any of the camp options listed below, please submit this form to the Preparatory Music Office by June 5, 2017.

Suzuki Strings Day Camp – 9:00am-3:00pm
Suzuki Strings Day Camp is for Suzuki violin and cello students in Books 1 – 3 who are not beginners. In the mornings they will have a master class, group class, chamber music (if reading music) and/or fiddle class. In the afternoon there will be a variety of musical and recreational activities.

Chamber Music Day Camp – 9:00am-3:00pm
The Chamber Music Day Camp is for students who are not beginners and can read music. In the morning (9am – Noon) students will have a master class and then engage in Classical and Latin chamber music. Teacher, Kelly Wiedemann, welcomes students of violin, viola, cello, and double bass. In the afternoon there will be a variety of musical and recreational activities.

Suzuki Pre-Twinkle Camp
Suzuki Violin and cello Pre-Twinklers (ages 3-5) and Early Beginners (up to age 7) campers attend camp for two hours each morning. This option is appropriate for beginners and for students who are not reading music yet. Students will participate in a violin class and an early childhood music group class each day. This option is appropriate for beginners and for students who are not reading music yet.

NEW! Chamber Music for Adults
We have added a session within our camp for experienced adult string players interested in Chamber Music! EMU is offering Chamber Music for Adults during the week of June 26-29, each day from 1 – 3pm. Violin, viola, and cello players are encouraged to attend (no beginners, please). Participants will play in small groups according to experience level, and will also play in a large ensemble each day. Individual players or groups that are already formed are welcome to participate. If interested please complete and submit this submit this form to the Preparatory Music Office by June 5, 2017.

Additional offering: RED WING ACADEMY
Our fiddle camp has grown! Red Wing Academy is hosted by Eric Brubaker of The Steel Wheels as a 4-day intensive camp held July 9-12 at EMU, with a live on-stage performance at Red Wing Roots Music Festival on Friday, July 14. RWA is open to non-beginner violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, mandolin, and banjo students ages 5-19. Daily curriculum includes group classes, mini-lessons, improv and jam sessions, technique and tone development, stage performance, electives, recreation, panel discussions and more!! EMU Prep teachers Megan Tiller, Kelly Wiedemann, Sharon Miller, and Zach Windsor, are involved, along with other highly trained instructors from our community and beyond.

Full and half day schedules are offered with scholarship opportunities available for qualifying students. Admission to the festival and a T-shirt are included for participants, and parents are offered discounted festival admission. For more information and to register please visit The Red Wing Roots Website or contact

**Red Wing Academy is looking to partner with companies and individuals who share particular interest in nurturing a love of music and providing opportunity from youth who come from all backgrounds. Please consider becoming a sponsor or volunteer in exchange for passes to Red Wing Roots Music Festival, or donate to the scholarship fund to support a low income child. Visit their website for more information and to apply!

The Suzuki method of instruction provides a higher level of quality instruction and offers the chance to specialize lessons for each individual students.

Prep music class

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

Chamber music

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.


Parking policies

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.