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Community Music Programming will continue virtually for Fall 2020!

August 8, 2020

Dear Shepherd University Community Music students and parents,

In our continued effort to keep everyone safe and not spread the COVID-19 virus, all Community Music lessons and classes will continue virtually for the fall semester. This decision has been a difficult one, but our main concern remains the health and safety of everyone in our community who normally comes into the Frank Center each week for lessons or classes and ensembles, and for the safety of our Shepherd students and faculty.

Navigating the pandemic has challenged all of us in a multitude of ways. However, all of us at the Shepherd University School of Music are committed to providing the high quality instruction and affordable music education we have become known for in our Community programs.

We are excited to announce that our regular programs of Early Childhood Music classes and  Youth Chorus and will be taught virtually this semester, with no enrollment limitations. As a service to the community, our Youth Chorus is FREE this Fall!

Private lesson Registration information:

The registration form for private lessons has been updated as a fillable pdf so that you may complete the registration form online and scan and email your form back to me at or fax to 304-876-0955. We will accept credit card payment for the $25 registration fee each semester, as well as mailed check payment to Shepherd University, Community Music program, P.O. Box 5000, Shepherdstown, WV 25443.
Click here for the 2020-21 Private lesson Registration Form.

All the best in health and music,

Sherry Sykes, Coordinator

Community Music at Shepherd Office contact information:
Sherry Sykes, Coordinator of Shepherd’s Community Music Program.
304-876-5248 or

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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 Class will be all virtual – Fall 2020            ECM Registration Form

Music classes for the youngest of our students, ages 18 months – 5 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.

Fall semester classes will include 2 sessions of 5 weeks each

MUSICAL DISCOVERIES  – Session I – Fridays beginning September 11 – October 9, 2020; Session II October 23 – November 20
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     

After you have registered and paid Frauke Higgins via PayPal or check, you will receive a zoom meeting link for the class.

Click here for ECM Registration Form

MUSIC FOR PRESCHOOLERS – Session I – Fridays beginning September 11 – October 9, 2020; Session II October 23 – November 20
10:45 am–11:15 am
Ages 3-5 years old (with  parent/caregiver)
ECM Registration Form

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

After you have registered and paid Frauke Higgins via PayPal or check, you will receive a zoom meeting link for the class.

To register contact Sherry Sykes at

Shepherd University Community Orchestra

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Shepherd University Community Orchestra  and Junior String Ensemble will be taking a break this  Fall semester until we can resume in-person rehearsals. Please check back for news of the spring 2021 semester Orchestra plans.

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.

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Please contact Sherry Sykes at 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, please contact Sherry Sykes. All children are invited to participate, no auditions necessary. Dr. Austin Showen, Shepherd University’s new 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. This virtual class will incorporate Zoom, Google Classroom and possibly Soundtrap platforms.

This Fall, the Shepherd Youth Chorus will be FREE as a community service to youth who would like to learn to sing and discuss music in a virtual format.

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Please contact Sherry Sykes at 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 Sherry Sykes, Coordinator for Community Music programs, at
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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 pre-recorded lessons that you will gain access to once you have registered.

Introduction to Music Theory for high school and adult learners, Anthony Stoika, instructor

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. Day/Time: 10 pre-recorded lectures you can begin anytime. To register, please contact Sherry Sykes,