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Preparatory Program


The Preparatory Division of the Music Department at Shepherd University has many opportunities for children, youth, and adult community members to study music. If you are looking for private music lessons on an instrument, an opportunity to play in an ensemble, or participate in Early Childhood Music classes with your young child, Shepherd can help you fulfill your musical goals. Every June, we also offer summer Jazz and String Orchestra Camps for middle school and high school youth.

Shepherd University Preparatory Orchestra

A student orchestra in residence at Shepherd University. Auditions for the Shepherd Preparatory Orchestra are Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 6:00pm in the Frank Center.  Scholarships available thanks to a generous donation from Younis Orthodontics.

Shepherd University Preparatory Chorus

For male and female vocalists who are currently in grades 3-8. Auditions for the Preparatory Chorus are Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 5:00pm in the Frank Center. Scholarships available thanks to a generous donation from Younis Orthodontics.

Applied Music Lessons

Provides the opportunity for area music students, both school-age and adults, to take applied lessons through a preparatory music program offered at the college. Students are welcome to participate in the Preparatory Recital at the end of each semester. The next Student Recital is Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 10:00am and 11:30am in the 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! The next session of Early Childhood Music classes begin in June 2017.

Summer Early Childhood classes will meet on Wednesday mornings, June 7, 14, 21, 28 and July 5. Please click on the link above for Early Childhood Music program details.

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Summer Music Programs

Summer Jazz Camp and String Orchestra Camp, June 19 – 23, 2017. Students will participate in group coaching, music theory lessons, workshops, and a concert at the end of the week. Scholarships available thanks to a generous donation from Younis Orthodontics.

Summer 2017 String Camp brochure

Summer 2017 Jazz Camp brochure

Open Enrollment for All Programs!

For more information contact Sherry Sykes, Preparatory Music Coordinator.
Phone: 304-876-5248