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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Community Music Programming will continue virtually for spring semester

Click here for the 2020-21 Private lesson Registration Form.

Community Music at Shepherd Office contact information:
communitymusic@shepherd.edu

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The Shepherd University School of Music 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!

Early Childhood Music Classes

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Due to the continued COVID-19 pandemic, these classes will be held virtually over ZOOM for the 2021 winter/spring sessions. Music classes for the youngest of our students, ages 18 months – 8 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. Winter/Spring 2021 semester classes will include 2 sessions of 5 weeks each.

Virtual MUSICAL DISCOVERIES
Session I – Fridays beginning January 15 – February 12
Session II February 26 – March 26
10:00 am–10:30 am over Zoom
Ages 18 months – 3 years old(with parent/caregiver)
This class for young children will introduce the rudiments of music. The class will explore songs, echo songs, rhymes, finger-play, listening exercise and creative movement. Parents will learn activities/songs that they can engage their child in throughout the week.
Tuition: $62 for 5 weeks     Click here for ECM Registration Form
After you have registered and paid Frauke Higgins via PayPal or check, you will receive a zoom meeting link for the class.

Virtual MUSIC FOR PRESCHOOLERS
Session I – Fridays beginning January 15 – February 12
Session II February 26 – March 26
10:45 am–11:15 am over ZOOM
Ages 3-5 years old (with parent/caregiver)

This class is designed to prepare the child for later instrumental studies or voice lessons. The children will learn about rhythm, tempo, melodic movement, major-minor and we will play listening games in this popular class. The student and their parent/caregiver will learn songs from around the world, sing echo songs and work with movement in their own home. Parents will learn music activities that they can review with their child throughout the week. Everybody will have fun!  Tuition: $62 for each 5 week session      ECM Registration Form
After you have registered and paid Frauke Higgins via PayPal or check, you will receive a zoom meeting link for the class.

Shepherd University Community Orchestra

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Shepherd University Community Orchestra  and Junior String Ensemble will be taking a break  for the 2020 – 21 season, until we can resume in-person rehearsals safely.

The Shepherd Community Orchestra is for advanced string players in elementary, middle and high school through adult performers. The Shepherd Community Orchestra is directed by Camilo Peréz-Mejía.  The Junior String Ensemble is directed by Renee Shaw Nutwell. Click here to learn more.
Please contact communitymusic@shepherd.edu for more information.

A small amount of partial scholarships are available for students in Orchestra and Youth Chorus, thanks to a generous donation from Younis Orthodontics.

Shepherd Youth Chorus goes Virtual!

For male and female vocalists who are currently in grades 3-8. If your child loves to sing and would like to learn proper techniques in a fun and challenging atmosphere. All children are invited to participate, no auditions necessary. Dr. Austin Showen, Shepherd University’s Director of Music Education, will lead the students through fun music activities, including singing, song writing, and group music games, all from the comfort of your home.

Winter/Spring session for the Shepherd Youth Chorus will begin Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 6:00pm over ZOOM. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this class will meet virtually, incorporating, Google Classroom and possibly Soundtrap and Garage Band platforms. We are happy to offer this opportunity FREE as a community service to youth who would like to learn to sing and discuss music in a virtual format. The class will meet every Wednesday from January 20 – April 21 at 6:00pm. Click here to learn more.
Please contact communitymusic@shepherd.edu for more information.

A small amount of partial scholarships are available to students in Youth Chorus and Orchestra, thanks to a generous donation from Younis Orthodontics.

Private Music Lessons

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all private lessons will take place virtually with Shepherd Community Music instructors. 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, alumni and Shepherd student instructors offer instruction for all levels, from beginner to advanced.  Enrollment is ongoing, based on instructor availability. For information on lessons and instructor placement, please contact communitymusic@shepherd.edu
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Introduction to Music Theory for high school and adult learners, Anthony Stoika, instructor

For Instrumental and vocal students looking to improve their knowledge of Music Theory, we are happy to offer a Music Theory class to complement your music instruction. The class is offered in 10 pre-recorded lessons that you will gain access to once you have registered. This course will cover the fundamentals of pitch and rhythm up to voice leading tonic and dominant chords. Tuition: $140 for 10 weeks, plus materials. 10 pre-recorded lectures you can begin anytime. To register, please email communitymusic@shepherd.edu.