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.


Spring Registration will begin soon! Please contact the office at (540) 432-4277 or e-mail if you have any questions.

Performance opportunities Prep music ensemble performs on campus

  • 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

  • The Youth Symphony will perform with the Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir on November 23rd in Lehman Auditorium at 4:00 pm.
  • Fall Semester ends December 12th.
  • Make-Up Lessons will be held December 15-19.

2014-15 Preparatory Music Calendar

Fall 2014 Group Class Schedule

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 & 4 year olds.

Learn more about the Suzuki method on the Suzuki Association of the Americas webpage

We are excited to announce the new adult piano classes in the EMU Preparatory Music Department! These group classes meet once a week, and are part of an expanding program called Recreational Music Making. We have been blessed with new digital pianos, thanks in part to a teaching fellowship from the National Piano Foundation. Our goal is to help bring the joy of music and all of its benefits to everyone in our community. Whether you are a complete beginner, or returning to lessons after an extended break, we would love to have you be a part of this new program. Join us in making music in a relaxing and fun environment!

You can sign up for one semester, which includes 14 weekly classes. Tuition is $185, plus a $15 materials fee. Or you can sign up for half of a semester, which includes 7 weekly classes. Tuition is $100, plus a $15 materials fee.

Starting Dates for Spring:
January 12 & March 9

Novice: Wednesday 3:00-4:00pm
This class will start from the very beginning, and is a great introduction to music reading, simple pieces, and basic chords. No prior experience necessary!

Level 1: Mondays 7:00-8:00 pm; Tuesdays 3:00-4:00pm; Thursdays 1:00-2:00pm
This class is for students who have had lessons at some point. They are familiar with music reading, but just need a review of the basics before moving forward.

Level 2: Wednesdays 1:00-2:00pm
This student is comfortable with music notation, and is looking to learn new skills and repertoire.

Questions to determine your level:

1. Have you had music lessons before?
No = Novice
Yes, but I need to start from the very beginning = Novice

2. Are you comfortable reading music?
No, I’m not comfortable, but I remember some things = Level 1
Definite Yes = Level 2

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.


Parking policies

If a visitor or street parking spot is not available before 5:00 pm you will need a permit. This is only for parking before 5:00 pm. Please contact the Preparatory Music Office 540-432-4277 or to ask for a parking permit.

Inclement weather policy

Please note that we rarely make cancellations for the whole program, even if EMU is closed. Exceptions are made if parking and sidewalks are not cleared. In this case we’ll put an announcement on the Prep Music phone (432-4277) as well as on this website. Cancellation is left up to the individual teacher and families. If you cannot come in because of bad weather, please contact your teacher before your lesson time. If your teacher cannot come in, you will be contacted. If you have not heard from your teacher, assume that your lesson is still on.