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Music at EMU

Music Lessons for All Ages

Interested in music lessons? Our instrumental instructors are specialists on their instrument. We offer weekly music lessons on campus at EMU. Student placement is determined by schedule. Students may choose 30-, 45- or 60-minute lessons at the discretion of the instructor.

Private and group music lessons are offered in piano, guitar, violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute; Suzuki violin, viola, cello, piano and flute.

Program newsletters and brochures.


Please contact the Preparatory Music Office for information on openings. 
Office phone: 540-432-4277
Office email:

Register now for spring lessons.

Spring Brochure 2017-18, which contains important program and pricing information.Completed registration forms and payment can be sent to:

EMU Preparatory Music Program
1200 Park Road
Harrisonburg, VA 22802

Program Offerings

Performance Opportunities

  • solo recitals each semester
  • small ensemble performance opportunities
  • community performances (nursing homes, churches, shopping areas…)
  • studio or large group performance at the end of each year
  • Shenandoah Valley Youth Symphony for advanced students

Summer Strings Camp Information

Our Shenandoah Valley Strings Camp will be held at EMU on June 25-28, 2018. There will be a variety of offerings.

  1. Suzuki Strings Day
  2. Chamber Music Camp
  3. Suzuki Violin Pre-Twinklers (ages 3-5) and Early Beginners (up to age 7)
  4. Adult Chamber Music

Camp brochures and specific details will be available soon! Please contact the Preparatory Music Office to receive a brochure or for more information.

The Red Wing Academy will be held on July 8-11, 2018. This four-day summer music program will culminate with an onstage performance with The Steel Wheels at the Red Wing Roots Music Festival. Register Online Now

Office phone: 540-432-4277
Office email:

Upcoming Events

  • Preparatory Teachers’ Solo & Ensemble Concert March 4 at 4:30pm, Martin Chapel
  • Junior Strings and Youth Symphony Concert March 18 at 4 pm, Lehman Auditorium, $7 suggested donation
  • Spring Recitals, April 20 at 7 pm, Martin Chapel, April 21 at 10 am, 1 pm, 3 pm, Martin Chapel, April 22 at 3 pm, Lehman Recital Hall 
  • Senior Prep Recitals, April 20 at 7 pm, Lehman Recital Hall, April 22 at 5 pm, Lehman Recital Hall 

2017-18 Preparatory Program Calendar

The Suzuki method of instruction provides a higher level of quality instruction and offers the chance to specialize lessons for each individual students.

Prep music class

Many children around the world are introduced to formal music-making through the unique method known as talent education, designed by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. The approach affirms that everyone has musical talent which, if lovingly and respectfully nurtured, can be developed to a high degree.

Development utilizes the “mother tongue” approach, inspired by observation of the ease with which very young children learn to speak their native language. Children first hear, then speak, then read their own language; likewise in the Suzuki approach, children first listen to music, then learn to play it by ear and by rote, then, at the discretion of the instructor, they are introduced to note reading.

Parent involvement is another hallmark of Suzuki’s approach. The idea is for the parent to be the “home coach.” The parent takes notes at the lessons, and records them if desired, and then assists the home practice. Your teacher will help you a great deal with this.

All Suzuki students receive individual instruction each week and also participate in biweekly group classes. These group classes are required for violin students in Book 1-5. 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.

The Pre-Twinkle violin classes meet once a week and are for 3- and 4-year-olds.

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

Chamber music

Intermediate and advanced students on teacher recommendation may choose to be a part of a chamber group.

Participation is encouraged, as it develops the student’s ensemble playing ability in a rewarding setting. Students may choose their own groups or a student may simply register and be placed in a group.

Students practice on their own once a week and are coached by an instructor twice a month or as arranged.

Adult Piano Classes

RMM, Recreational Music Making, is music making for the joy of it in a non-stressful environment, regardless of age, background, or prior experience. This class is for you if you currently do not play or play a little, want to play and create music for your own enjoyment, want a stress free musical experience, and/or love piano music!

The RMM Registration is currently closed.


Parking policies

If a visitor or street parking spot is not available before 5 p.m. you will need a permit. This is only for parking before 5 p.m. Please contact the preparatory music office at 540-432-4277 or to ask for a parking permit.