Shepherd Preparatory Music

The Shepherd University Department of Music Preparatory Division is now accepting applications for the Spring 2012 semester for music lessons, early childhood classes, the Shepherd Preparatory Orchestra and the Shepherd Preparatory Chorus. Individuals interested in participating should contact Anne Munro at 304-876-5555 or email

Private lessons and early childhood classes will be offered throughout the spring semester. Students of all ages, regardless of previous experience, interested in taking individual lessons in woodwinds, brass, percussion, piano, voice, guitar, bass guitar, strings (violin, viola, cello or double bass) theory or jazz improvisation, are eligible for lessons with university faculty and student instructors. The registration fee for preparatory division lessons is $25 per semester. Preparatory instructors set their own weekly lesson rates and teach half-hour and one-hour lessons depending upon student level. Lessons begin the week of January 9th and are held at the Frank Arts Center on the campus of Shepherd University. Registration forms are available at the Shepherd University Frank Arts Center, Room 114, or call 304-876-5555 to receive one by mail. Registration forms and brochures are also available at

The popular Musical Discoveries classes will also be offered during the spring semester for pre-school students and will be taught by Frauke Higgins. Class offerings this semester will include Musical Discoveries for students ages 18 months through 3 years, Music for Preschoolers for ages 3-5 years, and Dalcroze Eurythmics/Piano for ages 5-7 years. Students attend one forty-five minute class each week. All classes run for 12 weeks and will meet on Fridays beginning January 20th. The fee for the early childhood classes is $144 per semester. Visit our website at for class times and registration information, or call 304-876-5555 to receive a brochure by mail.

The Shepherd Preparatory Orchestra, under the direction of Jeffry Newberger and Shepherd Preparatory Chorus, under the direction of Dr. David Gonzol, will meet Wednesday evenings throughout the semester. Audition times for new members are scheduled for Wednesday, January 11 beginning at 7 p.m. for both Senior Youth Orchestra string members (advanced level) and Junior String Orchestra members (beginner to early intermediate level). Preparatory Chorus (male and female students, grades 3-8) members will audition by appointment. All classes, rehearsals and auditions take place at the Frank Arts Center on the Shepherd University Campus. Call 304-876-5555 for additional information and to schedule an audition, or visit our website at