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 Offerings

Summer registration is now underway! If you are a returning student, your teacher will have a registration form for you. If you are a new student, please contact the preparatory music office at 540-432-4277 or email for a new student registration form.

The Steel Wheels Fiddle Workshop and The Suzuki Strings Day Camp

The June 4 registration deadline has passed; however, we are still accepting registrations on a space available basis! Please the office if you still wish to register.

Registration Form

Steel Wheels Fiddle Workshop

The Steel Wheels Fiddle Workshop

  • 1-3 p.m. daily
  • For pre-college violin/fiddle students of all levels (no beginners, please)
  • Students will learn several tunes during the week with Preparatory Music teachers and special guest, Eric Brubaker, The Steel Wheels’ fiddle player.
  • Students will play the tunes they have learned with The Steel Wheels at the end-of-camp performance on Thursday afternoon.
  • On Friday, July 10, students will participate in an on-site Jam Session and Performance on stage with The Steel Wheels at Red Wing Roots Music Festival. Admission to the Festival on July 10 and a T-shirt are included for participating students. Parents are offered a reduced-price Friday Day Pass to the Festival.

Day Camp

  • 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. daily
  • For pre-college Suzuki violin students of all levels (no beginners, please)
  • Masterclasses: 3-4 students of a similar level will share a 55-minute lesson.
  • Group Classes: students will review and polish repertoire, work on technique, and develop ensemble skills.
  • Includes The Steel Wheels Fiddle Workshop

Multi-Styles Teen Camp

  • 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. daily
  • For pre-college violin/fiddle, guitar, cello, bass, mandolin, and banjo students of all levels (no beginners, please)
  • Includes The Steel Wheels Fiddle Workshop
  • Morning sessions will include improvisation and various alternative styles and Masterclasses with Prep Teacher Kelly Wiedemann.

Violin Pre-Twinklers (ages 3-5) and Early Beginners (up to age 7; up to Andantino) will attend camp for two hours each morning. Students will participate in a Suzuki violin class and an early childhood music group class (Musikgarten). A parent session is included during the camp. These classes will be held in the EMU Campus Center.

Camp Details
The EMU Preparatory Strings Teachers Maria Lorcas, Sharon Miller, Megan Tiller, and Kelly Wiedemann will be teaching.

Registration: Register Here. The registration deadline is June 4, 2015. Late registrations will be accepted on a space-available basis.

Place: EMU Campus, Seminary Building and Campus Center

Lunch: Day Camp participants will eat together each day at noon in the EMU Cafeteria on campus followed by recreational time. More information will be available in early June.

Accommodations: A number of overnight accommodations are available for families traveling from out of town:

Thursday Performance: The camp will culminate in a performance on Thursday afternoon with The Steel Wheels in Martin Chapel.

Parents are invited to share in the fun as much as they wish, but it is required that parents of students under the age of 8 attend masterclasses in order to gain as much from the camp as possible.

Counselors will be available to accompany young students whose parents are unable to attend camp. Counselors will take notes during each class to send home for parents to review each day. Students under 8 will need to have a parent or other adult accompany them for the entire day, or sign up for a counselor.

Day Camp Curriculum
Masterclasses will consist of 3-4 students of similar level sharing a 55-minute lesson. Students will be paired with a Prep Music teacher that they normally do not have for their private lessons. Each student should prepare a polished piece that is not their current piece for the masterclass and for the solo recital. This is a wonderful opportunity to interact with another teacher and observe other students!

The Steel Wheels Fiddle Workshop: See information above.

Group classes: A list of review pieces will be provided after you register. Prepare all the pieces you know. Students will review and polish repertoire, work on technique, develop ensemble skills, and build motivation. Advanced students will also learn a special ensemble piece.

Adult Piano Classes

Now Offering a Recreational Music Making (RMM) Adult Group Piano Classes! RMM 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!

Please the Preparatory Music Office for more information

Program Offerings

Fall Registration Coming Soon!

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

  • Summer Lessons are currently underway!
  • Suzuki Strings and More! Camp, June 29 – July 2 (See Information and Registration Form above)

2014-15 preparatory music calendar

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.


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.

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.