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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 regardless of age, ability, race, gender, 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 program director Kimberly W. Souther, musical instruction is given to over 500 students in the following areas: 

For more information on any program contact

Registration Information - Summer 2021

Instrumental Lessons 

Summer 2021 instrumental semester dates are June 7 - August 9, 2021.  For more information on private lesson openings and instructors, contact our office at or 540-432-4277. Late registrations are accepted on a space-available basis. 


Pre-twinkle violin classes are designed for students ages 3-5 (pre-school).  These group lessons are held for 10 weeks during the summer (June 7-August 9, 2021).

Summer 2021 Program Policies 
New Families - Online Instrumental & Pre-Twinkle Registration
New Families - Mail in Instrumental & Pre-Twinkle Registration
Returning Families - Mail in Instrumental & Pre-Twinkle Registration

Summer Camps 2021

Chamber Music Camp (Ages Middle - High School)
June 28-July 1; 1-4pm daily
Registration deadline June 14, 2021

Enjoy daily coaching in small ensembles and improve your artistic communication, technique, and creative interpretation.  The week will conclude with a recorded performance within the community.

Suzuki Camp (Ages 5yrs-Middle School)
July 26-30; 1-4pm daily
Registration deadline July 12, 2021

A one week camp where you can join other elementary aged students as you play through Suzuki music ensembles, improve your technique, learn fiddle tunes, and explore playing music in a mini-movie studio

HCPS Suzuki Camp Registration
Online Summer Camp Registration

Mail-in Summer Camp Registration


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. 

Scholarship program

Consider giving the gift of music to a child through the SVPM program. We have dedicated scholarship students from low-income families who depend a scholarship to continue lessons. If you would like to help us support a scholarship student, you can make a tax-deductible donation online, or send your donation (made out to EMU, with 'scholarship donation' in the memo) to the SVPM Office (EMU Prep Music, 1200 Park Rd, Harrisonburg VA 22802). 

2020-21 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

Please Note: Shenandoah Valley Preparatory Music (SVPM) is following guidelines set by EMU regarding Covid-19 adaptations. Lessons and classes may be held in-person physically distant, or  through 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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