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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, 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 parking information.

Shepherd University Community Orchestra

An orchestra for advanced middle schoolers through adult performers, in residence at Shepherd University.
Next performance Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 7:30pm in the Frank Center Theatre.
Click here to learn more.
Auditions for the spring semester will take place on January 10. Please contact Sherry Sykes at ssykes@shepherd.edu to schedule your audition between 6:00pm-7:30pm.

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, APRIL 25, 2018 at 7:30pm in the Frank Center Theatre.
Click here to learn more.
Auditions for the spring semester will take place on January 10. 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, April 28, 2018
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!  Click here to learn more.

Summer 2018 session: Wednesdays, June 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18 (no class July 4) To register contact Sherry Sykes at ssykes@shepherd.edu.

9:15am-10:00am Musical Discoveries for 18 months to 3 years. Tuition $70 for the 5 week class

10:00am-10:45am Music for Pre-Schoolers, 3 – 5 years. Tuition $70 for the 5 week class

11:00am-11:45am Dalcroze Eurhythmics and Intro. to Piano for ages 5-7 years. Tuition $70 for the 5 week class. Children will work on simple notation, rhythm reading and a few tunes on the piano. Students will learn to express the elements of music (such as time, rhythm, tempo, melody, pitch, and dynamics) through movement. These movement activities will be accompanied by the piano. Students will also work on their singing voice (using solfege) and they will play different Orff instruments in the lessons.

Music Courses

Harp Workshop with Dr. Tula Ruggiero, Thursday, March 22 – April 26, 5:15pm – 6:00pm. 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. Please note, no class on March 29 due to the Easter holiday weekend. This class is appropriate for middle school students through adult students. Please contact Sherry Sykes at ssykes@shepherd.edu for more information and to register for the class.

Adult Group Keyboard Classes, just for fun, in a social, supportive atmosphere with no grades, deadlines or recitals:
Adult Piano Class: Level I – Wednesday, January 24 – April 11 at 5:15pm – 6:15pm. Instructor: Susan Carpenter
Adult Piano Class: Level II – Wednesday, January 24 – April 11 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

Trombone Workshop set for Sunday, June 3 at the Frank Center. All day trombone and brass clinics, trombone choir rehearsals, and masterclasses with guest faculty as well as Shepherd faculty. College Division, high school division and middle school division. Guest instructors include Christopher Reaves, USMC; Kaz Kruszewski, USAF; Corey Sansolo, Frank Gulino, Fred Gleason, Kristoffer Danielsen and Shepherd’s James Martin and Dr. Scott Hippensteel. Pre-registration is required. Cost: Participant $65 (includes lunch); Auditor: $35 (includes lunch). Registration materials will be available soon. For more information, please contact Sherry Sykes or James Martin at james.trombone@gmail.com. Mark your calendars now to attend!

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