Music at EMU

Preparatory Music Program

Youth Coffee House

Youth Coffee House

Instrumental Lessons

Instrumental Lessons

Group Concerts

Group Concerts

Musikgarten

Musikgarten

Youth Symphony

Youth Symphony

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 regardless of age, race, ability, financial circumstances, or ethnic origin through private and/or group instruction in a variety of musical areas as well as through performance settings. Under the direction of administrative director Sharon M.D. Miller, musical instruction is given to over 400 students in the following areas:

For more information contact prepmusic@emu.edu.

Registration Information

Please contact the Preparatory Music Office for up-to-date information on openings for instrumental lessons, Musikgarten classes, and Youth Symphony. 
 
Registration is now open for the Baroque Festival Workshop! Open to Preparatory Music Program students ages 8-18 who play violin, viola, cello, piano, or flute. On February 2, from 9 am - 3 pm, students will have opportunities to hear a performance by Baroque music specialists, learn some tips for playing in an more authentic style, experience playing their piece on a period instrument, and learn Baroque dances! Guest artists are Dr. Jonathan Gibson, David McCormick, and Anna Showalter. Early registration ends December 17. Registration closes January 15. See registration form for detailed information about the workshop.
 
Spring 2019 PDF Brochure

Preparatory Music office phone: 540-432-4277
Preparatory Music office email: prepmusic@emu.edu

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.

Upcoming Events

  • Musikgarten Classes
    Registration deadline for winter classes is January 8, 2019.
  • Instrumental Lessons
    Registration deadline for spring semester private lessons is January 4.
  • Community Performances
    Students from EMU's Preparatory Music Program will present three short concerts of a variety of classical and holiday music, including favorites such as Joy to the World, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, and many more! 
    • December 8, 1:00pm, Massanutten Regional Library, Harrisonburg
    • December 12, 6:30pm, Meredith Chapel, Sunnyside Retirement Community, Harrisonburg
    • December 15, 10:00am, Maple Terrace, Bridgewater Retirement Community, Bridgewater
  • Baroque Festival Workshop
    On February 2, the Preparatory Music Program will hold its first Baroque Workshop from 9am-3pm. Ask your private teacher for a registration form!
  • Teen Coffeehouse
    Preparatory Music Program students will perform a variety of instrumental ensemble music in EMU Common Grounds coffee house at 5:15 pm on February 10, 2019.

2018-19 Preparatory Music Calendar

Contact us

**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 come in because of bad weather.**

Interested in learning more about music lessons at EMU? Contact the preparatory music program offices at 540-432-4277 or prepmusic@emu.edu. We’d love to hear from you!

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.

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