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.

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, violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, guitar; Suzuki violin, viola, cello, guitar, piano and flute.


The PDF Brochure and Registration Form, which contains important program and pricing information, can be found HERE.

Spring 2016 Online Registration is now OPEN! If you are a new student, please contact the Prep Music Office at 540-432-4277 to find out about available openings BEFORE registering online.

Click the HERE to Register Online.

Adult Piano Classes

Now Offering a Recreational Music Making (RMM) Adult Group Piano Classes! RMM 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!

Session 1 (January 18-March 4)- Register by January 4
Session 2 (March 14-April 29)- Register by February 29

More information and registration form HERE. You may also the Preparatory Music Office for more information.

Program Offerings

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

Upcoming Events

  • Nov 23-39- Thanksgiving Break
  • December 21- Fall Semester Ends
  • December 5th, 12th, & 13th- Community Holiday Performances
  • January 8th- Spring Registration Deadline
  • January 11-15- Fall Make-up Lessons
  • January 18- Spring Semester Begins

2015-16 Prep Music Calendar

Fall 2015 Suzuki Group Schedule

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 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- 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.


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.