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New community music program launches in early September

ISSUED: 17 August 2017
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — The Shepherd University Department of Music Preparatory Division is changing its name to Community Music at Shepherd (CMS). Dr. Rob Tudor, music department chair, said the name change better reflects the mission of the program.

“The traditional name, Preparatory Program, might lead one to believe we educate only young people to prepare them for collegiate music study,” Tudor said. “We chose Community Music at Shepherd to reflect the comprehensive music educational opportunities for pre-K to adult learners.”

Also, new this year, the Community Music program will offer new classes for older teens and adult continuing learners. Some of the new classes include:

Early childhood music classes with Frauke Higgins will be offered on Friday mornings beginning September 8 for 10 weeks. Classes offered this semester will be:

For additional information, contact Sherry Sykes, coordinator for Community Music at Shepherd, at 304-876-5248 or or visit

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