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Shepherd Community Orchestra|Youth Chorus|Private Music Lessons|Early Childhood Program|Music Courses|Summer Music Programs

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The Music Department at Shepherd University has many opportunities for children, youth, and adult community members to study music through our Community Music at Shepherd program. If you are looking for private music lessons, an opportunity to play in an ensemble, education in music appreciation, continued development as a musician, or Early Childhood Music classes with your young child, Shepherd can fulfill your musical goals. Every June, we also offer summer Jazz and String Orchestra Camps for middle school and high school youth. Look below for links to registration forms and tuition/fee information. Open Enrollment For All Programs!
Click here for the Community Music and Early Childhood registration and brochure.
Click here for the Community Music and Early Childhood parking information.

Shepherd University Community Orchestra

An orchestra for advanced middle schoolers through adult performers, in residence at Shepherd University.
Next performance Wednesday, December 13 at 7:30pm in the Frank Center Theatre.
Click here to learn more.
Scholarships available thanks to a generous donation from Younis Orthodontics.

Shepherd Youth Chorus

For male and female vocalists who are currently in grades 3-8.
Next performance is Wednesday, December 13 at 7:30pm in the Frank Center Theatre.
Click here to learn more. 
Scholarships available thanks to a generous donation from Younis Orthodontics.

Private Music Lessons

Provides the opportunity for area music students, both school-age and adults, to take applied lessons through a community music program offered at the university. Experienced faculty and Shepherd student instructors offer instruction for all levels, from beginner to advanced, in the music studios in The Frank Center. Enrollment is ongoing, based on instructor availability. Students are welcome to participate in the Community Music Recital at the end of each semester. For information on lessons and instructor placement, please contact Sherry Sykes, Coordinator for Community Music programs, at ssykes@shepherd.edu  Click here to learn more.
The next Student Recital:
Saturday, December 16, 2017
10:00am and 11:30am
W.H. Shipley Recital Hall.

Early Childhood Program

Music classes for the youngest of our students, ages 18 months – 5 years old. Taking part in these classes not only helps a child’s music skills, but can also improve language and verbal development and spatial-temporal skills! Classes will meet on Fridays, September 8 – November 10, 2017. Click here to learn more.

Upcoming Music classes for children will begin again in January 2018.

Music Courses

We offer classes for both children and adults through Community Music at Shepherd.  In small group classes, students will spend ten weeks learning to play an instrument, becoming an educated patron of music, or improving their current musicianship. Click here to learn more.

Harp Workshop, with Dr. Tula Ruggeiro, begins on Thursday, November 2 at 6:00pm and runs for 6 weeks. This class is appropriate for middle school students through adult students. Tuition is $75.00 and class size is limited to 4 students. Folk Harps will be provided. For more information, please contact Sherry Sykes, Coordinator for Community Music Programs at Shepherd, at ssykes@shepherd.edu.

Summer Music Programs

In our Summer Jazz Camp and String Orchestra Camp, students will participate in group coaching, music theory lessons, workshops, and a concert at the end of the week.
June 18 – 22, 2018
Summer 2018 String Camp brochure coming in January
Summer 2018 Jazz Camp brochure coming in January

Scholarships available thanks to a generous donation from Younis Orthodontics.

For more information contact Sherry Sykes, Community Music Coordinator
Phone: 304-876-5248
Email:ssykes@shepherd.edu