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Preparatory Music Program

Shenandoah Valley Preparatory Music

A Program of Eastern Mennonite University
Youth Coffee House

Youth Coffee House

Instrumental Lessons

Instrumental Lessons

Group Concerts

Group Concerts



Youth Symphony

Youth Symphony


The Shenandoah Valley Preparatory Music became a program of EMU’s department of music in 1988 and is dedicated to providing the highest quality music education to all students in the central Shenandoah Valley through private and/or group instruction in a variety of musical areas as well as through performance settings. Under the direction of interim program director Dr. David Berry, musical instruction is given to over 500 students in the following areas: 

For more information on any program contact

Please Note: Shenandoah Valley Preparatory Music (SVPM) is following guidelines set by EMU regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Until it is safe to meet in-person again, all lessons and classes will be held using an online video platform (Skype, Zoom, etc).

Registration Information

Summer Instrumental lessons begin May 26, 2020.
New Student Summer Registration
Returning Student Summer Registration
Registration by May 15 preferred, although registrations will continue to be accepted on a space-available basis through July 1. Registration and payment music be received prior to the first lesson.
Registration is now open for our NEW 4-day Summer Camp Workshops! Students can sign up for their favorite topic (or several) - Camp Workshops will be held the weeks of May 26-29, June 22-25, and July 20-23. Read more about each Camp Workshop here
Camp Workshop Registration Form - due May 18
EMU Musikgarten will be holding 3-week May Session classes via Zoom.
Musikgarten May Registration
2019-20 Program Policies

Preparatory Music office phone: 540-432-4277
Preparatory Music office email:

Our students and performances

Believing music can enrich everyone’s life and is to be shared, performances are arranged in formal and informal settings on EMU’s campus and throughout the community to provide quality music education to the residents of the greater central Shenandoah Valley area. Participants come from as far north and east as Woodstock and Luray and from as far south as Waynesboro and Lexington. Students also travel from West Virginia. 

2019-20 Preparatory Music Calendar

Contact us

Interested in learning more about music lessons at EMU? Contact the SVPM Office at 540-432-4277 or We’d love to hear from you!

SVPM is located on the campus of Eastern Mennonite University, in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The EMU music program offices, both preparatory music and the undergraduate academic program, are located on the lower level of Lehman Auditorium. On the main floor of Lehman you’ll find a mainstage auditorium that houses performances, weekly chapel, university events, and more. On the lower level you’ll find the music program offices (through the glass double doors), faculty offices, a recital hall, individual practice rooms, and more. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the EMU campus is currently closed.

Important Information

COVID-19: Shenandoah Valley Preparatory Music (SVPM) is following guidelines set by EMU regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Until it is safe to meet in-person again, all lessons and classes will be held using an online video platform (Skype, Zoom, etc).

Inclement Weather: In cases of inclement weather, cancellation of private lessons and classes is left up to the individual teacher and families. If you do not receive cancellation notice from your teacher, assume that your lesson is still on. Please contact your teacher if you cannot attend because of bad weather.

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