Preparatory Music


Elizabeth Brightbill
Instrumental Teacher
Preparatory Music Instructor
Sharon Miller

Sharon Miller is the Administrative Director of the Shenandoah Valley Preparatory Music Program which currently serves nearly 400 students from 5 Virginia counties and West Virginia. She has a studio of violin and viola students and teaches Suzuki Pedagogy courses through the Preparatory Music Program and at workshops and summer Suzuki Institutes throughout the United States. Ms. Miller taught music education courses at Eastern Mennonite University from 1989-2014.

Ms. Miller received her M.Ed. (music) from Towson State University and M.M. (Suzuki Pedagogy) from East Carolina University. She is a registered Suzuki Violin Teacher Trainer with the Suzuki Association of the Americas and has taught at Institutes and workshops around the United States. As a performer, she plays violin with the University Shenandoah Symphony, the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival and the Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra. She also performs viola with several chamber ensembles.

Ms. Miller has presented research papers on the topic of music reading at the International Suzuki Research Symposium in 1999 and 2001.

Volunteer work includes being a greeter and participating in worship at her church, and assisting clients at Patchwork Pantry.

Before coming to EMU in 1989, she taught strings and orchestra for 11 years in Baltimore and was the music department chair at Arlington Baptist School.

Christy Stoner
Musikgarten Teacher

Christa Stoner, Musikgarten instructor

Christa holds a bachelor of music degree, majoring in piano. She is licensed and certified for Musikgarten (Virginia Commonwealth University) and Kodaly Level 1
(James Madison University). She is a music teacher with an early childhood specialty, and has taught in private piano studio, preschool and church settings since 1995. She is currently a private piano teacher, church
music assistant, accompanist and children’s musical/drama director.
You may contact Christa directly at 540-433-2745

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