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Community Music at Shepherd Office contact information: Sherry Sykes, Coordinator of Shepherd’s Community Music Program. 304-876-5248 or ssykes@shepherd.edu.

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, 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 parking information.

Shepherd University Community Orchestra

An orchestra for advanced middle schoolers and high schoolers through adult performers, in residence at Shepherd University.
Next performance Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 7:30pm in the Frank Center Theatre.
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Auditions for the fall semester will take place on August 29. Please contact Sherry Sykes at ssykes@shepherd.edu to schedule your audition between 6:00pm-8:00pm.

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 12, 2018 at 7:30pm in the Frank Center Theatre.
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Auditions for the fall semester will take place on September 5 for new students. Please contact Sherry Sykes at ssykes@shepherd.edu to schedule your audition between 5:30pm-6:30pm.

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 15, 2018
10:00am
W.H. Shipley Recital Hall.

Early Childhood Program

Music classes for the youngest of our students, ages 18 months – 5 years old. Taught by experienced instructor, Frauke Higgins, these classes benefit a child’s musical skills, and also improve language and verbal development and spatial-temporal skills!  The students will learn the rudiments of music (rhythm, tempo, dynamics, and melodic movement) by working on children’s songs from around the world.

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Fall 2018 classes:

Fridays September 21 – November 30. No class November 23 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

9:15am-10:00am Musical Discoveries for 18 months to 3 years. Tuition $140 for the 10 week class

10:00am-10:45am Music for Pre-Schoolers, 3 – 5 years. Tuition $140 for the 10 week class

To register contact Sherry Sykes at ssykes@shepherd.edu.

Music Courses

Harp Workshop with Dr. Tula Ruggiero, Fall 2018 class time TBA. This class is for anyone interested in learning to play the harp. Class size is limited to 3 participants, and folk harps will be provided. Tuition is $75 for the 5 week class.  This class is appropriate for middle school students through adult students. Please contact Sherry Sykes at ssykes@shepherd.edu for more information.

Adult Group Keyboard Classes, just for fun, in a social, supportive atmosphere with no grades, deadlines or recitals:

Adult Piano Class: Level I Beginner- Wednesday, September 12 – November 14, 2018 at 5:15 – 6:15pm. Instructor: Susan Carpenter

Adult Piano Class: Level III Intermediate – Wednesday, September 12 – November 14 at 6:30pm-7:30pm. Instructor: Susan Carpenter

Tuition is $120.00 for the ten week class. To register, please contact Sherry Sykes 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
Summer 2018 Jazz Camp

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