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Music lessons for all ages & levels

Weekly private instrumental lessons are offered with EMU Preparatory Music Instructors, who are each specialists on their instrument. Lessons are available to students of every level and age in the following instruments:

Suzuki method
: piano, violin, viola, cello 
Other instruments: piano, flute, clarinet, guitar, violin, viola, cello, double bass, music theory

Register now for Fall 2020 semester lessons!

The fall lesson semester begins the week of August 24. There is no late fee for new students. For more information on lesson openings and instructors, contact our office at or 540-432-4277.

Register by mail: PDF Registration Form
Register online: Online Instrumental Registration

Program Policies 2020-21
Registrations can be mailed with payment to:
EMU Preparatory Music
1200 Park Road
Harrisonburg, VA 22802

Please note: Shenandoah Valley Preparatory Music (SVPM) is following guidelines set by EMU regarding Covid-19 adaptations. Lessons and classes may be held physically distant, or through an online video platform (Skype, Zoom, etc).

Suzuki Strings Package

The Suzuki Method philosophy of teaching is modeled on the way children learn to speak their native language. The ideas of parent involvement, listening and repetition, loving encouragement, and learning together with other children are some of the special features of this approach. 

Our Suzuki Strings Package is specifically for violin and cello instruction, and includes weekly private lessons and bi-weekly group lessons. All non-adult students in Suzuki Violin Book 1 through early Book 5 and Suzuki Cello Books 1 & 2 are enrolled in the Suzuki Strings Package.

Group lessons are unique to the Suzuki approach, integral to the method, and arranged according to age and ability level. Group lessons may include learning to play as a group, learning supplementary music, pre-note reading or note reading activities, theory games, ear training, improvisation and composition skills, ensemble playing, solo performances, or listening opportunities. Group lessons may be held on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays. A tentative schedule can be obtained from the office. The Suzuki strings package also includes group community performances, student recitals, and a high-level performing ensemble selected by instructor nomination.

Learn more about the Suzuki method on the Suzuki Association of the Americas webpage.

Suzuki Pre-Twinkle violin lessons are designed for students ages 3-5 (pre-school). These weekly lessons include both group and individual instruction, and are held for 14 weeks each semester; time and day are arranged after registration. Real instruments are not needed for several months.

Performance opportunities

  • Solo student recitals each semester
  • Community group performances (nursing homes, churches, shopping areas…)
  • Suzuki Program Group Concert at the end of each year
  • Suzuki Program Performing Ensemble for advanced students
  • Junior Strings ensemble for intermediate string students
  • Shenandoah Valley Youth Symphony for advanced students

Instrumental lessons calendarPrep music class

Fall registration deadline..... Aug. 6
New family orientation......... Aug. 18
Fall semester begins............. Aug. 24
Fall recitals............................ Nov. 6-8
Fall break............................... Nov. 23-27
Fall semester ends................ Dec. 11
Spring reg. deadline.............. Jan. 4
New family orientation......... Jan. 13
Spring semester begins........ Jan. 18
Teen coffeehouse.................. Feb. 14
Teacher's concert.................. TBA
Spring recitals....................... March 26-28
Spring semester ends........... May 7
Suzuki group concert........... May 9

2020-21 Tuition rates

Student placement is determined by schedule. Students may choose 30-, 45- or 60-minute lessons at the discretion of the instructor. A $180 deposit per student/instrument is due with registration. This deposit includes a per-family program fee of $35. The remaining deposit serves as the first tuition payment for the semester. Students are financially committed to a 15-week semester of lessons.

Suzuki Pre-Twinkle (14 weeks)

Pre-Twinkle Violin: $225  + $25 program fee

Suzuki Strings Package (15 weeks, includes bi-weekly group class, violin & cello)

                             30 min      45 min      60 min
Intern                  $335 
Instructor          $409        $581.50    $754
EMU Faculty     $484        $694          $904

Other Instruments (15 weeks) & Private Music Theory

                             30 min      45 min      60 min
Intern                  $270 
Instructor          $345       $517.50     $690
EMU Faculty     $420       $630           $840


If your lesson is before 5 p.m. you will need a permit to park in the Mt. Clinton parking lot. Please contact the preparatory music office at 540-432-4277 or to ask for a parking permit. Limited parking is available without a permit along the street on College Ave.

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