Explorers I

Explorers I—A beginning music exploratory program, Explorers I is designed for kindergarten and first grade students (kindergartners accepted with instructor permission). This class focuses on the fundamentals of music—ear training, healthy singing, intonation, reading music, singing in parts, beat-keeping, *Solfege, rhythm reading, focus, concentration, and improvisation. Explorers I is an active learning environment, engaging students’ motor, oral, aural, and cognitive skills. Instruction is active and game-oriented. This is a non-auditioned, non-performing group.

*Solfege is a technique for the teaching of sight-singing in which each note of the score is sung to a special syllable, called a solfege syllable. Each solfege syllable has a handsign that goes with it. These handsigns add physical and visual cues to what’s going on in your ear and voice.

Instructor: Joy Anderson.

Class Information 2016-17

  • Explorers I tuition is $260 ($130/semester). Please make checks payable to EMU/SVCC. We accept VISA and MasterCard.
  • Class size: up to 22 students.
  • Classes meet once a week for 40 minutes for 10 weeks during the Fall semester and 10 weeks during the Spring semester.
  • Students will have weekly homework to reinforce what was learned in class.
  • All classes meet at Eastern Mennonite University, Seminary Building, room 203.
  • Class time: 5:50-6:30 p.m. Please arrive 5-10 minutes early for homework review.
  • Fall semester dates are: September 19, 26; October 3, 10, 17, 23, 31; November 7, 14, 21.
  • Spring semester dates are: January 9, 16, 23, 30; February 6, 13, 20, 27; March 13, 20.
  • Download Explorers registration form and mail it to SVCC, 1200 Park Rd., Harrisonburg, VA 22802.

Class Registration

Contact Kris Shank Zehr at (540) 432-4667 or by e-mail