Instrumental Lessons and More

Instructors who are specialists on their instrument 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 music lessons are offered in piano, violin, viola, cello, flute, guitar; Suzuki violin, viola, cello, guitar, piano and flute.


Registration for the Spring 2014 semester is now closed. Summer lesson information will be available in April. Please contact the office at 540-432-4277 or e-mail with any questions.

Register now for the 2014 “Suzuki Strings and More Day Camp” held each summer!

Performance opportunities Prep music ensemble performs on campus

  • 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


Parking policies

If a visitor or street parking spot is not available before 5:00 pm you will need a permit. This is only for parking before 5:00 pm. Please contact the Preparatory Music Office 540-432-4277 or to ask for a parking permit.

Inclement weather policy

Please note that we rarely make cancellations for the whole program, even if EMU is closed. Exceptions are made if parking and sidewalks are not cleared. In this case we’ll put an announcement on the Prep Music phone (432-4277) as well as on this website. Cancellation is left up to the individual teacher and families. If you cannot come in because of bad weather, please contact your teacher before your lesson time. If your teacher cannot come in, you will be contacted. If you have not heard from your teacher, assume that your lesson is still on.

Spring 2014 Group Class Schedule

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

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 and guitar 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 and guitar classes meet once a week and are for 3 & 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.

Upcoming Events

  • The Preparatory Music Spring Recitals will be held April 11th, 12th and 13th.
  • The Annual Suzuki Group Concert will take place on May 4th at 3:00 pm in Lehman Auditorium.
  • Harrisonburg All City School String Festival will be held on May 5th at 6:30 pm in Harrisonburg High School’s Auditorium.
  • Suzuki Strings and More Day Camp will take place June 30 – July 3rd on EMU’s campus.

2013-2014 Preparatory Music Calendar