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Community Music to offer adult piano fun class, early childhood music classes

ISSUED: 12 January 2022

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Shepherd University’s Community Music program is offering an Adult Piano Fun class with instructor Susan Petzold-Carpenter beginning Wednesday, February 16, from 5-6 p.m. in the Frank Center. The class is just for fun for those with no note-reading or keyboard experience and offers a social, supportive atmosphere with no grades, deadlines, or recitals.

Tuition for the eight-week session, which runs through April 13 (March 16 excluded) is $120. The textbook set is $35.75 for the digital or hard copy, with MP3, MIDI, or online audio accompaniment options included, and may be purchased online.

Shepherd University’s Community Music program announces its spring schedule for early childhood music classes taught by Frauke Higgins.

Early Childhood Music class sessions scheduled

Music for Preschoolers will take place on Tuesdays from 4:15-5 p.m. from January 25-February 22. This class is for students aged 4-6, with parent or caregiver. This in-person class is designed to prepare the child for later instrumental studies or voice lessons. The group will play wood, metal, and shaker instruments, sing songs and echo songs, develop listening skills, and work with creative movement and circle dances. Students and accompanying care givers are required to wear masks. Tuition is $65 for the five-week session.

Musical Discoveries is scheduled for Tuesdays from 4:15-4:45 p.m. on Tuesdays from May 17-June 14. This class is for ages 18 months-3 years, with parent or caregiver. This in-person, outdoor class will introduce the young student to the rudiments of music. The class will explore songs, echo songs, creative movement, rhymes, and finger-play. Students will play a large variety of rhythm instruments such as drums, rhythm sticks, wood blocks, and triangles. Tuition is $75 for the five-week session.

For more information and to register, contact the Community Music coordinator at

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