High School Summer Band Camps

JMU Summer Band Camp drumline

Your summer music experience begins here! Learn more about our 5 unique camps - July 11 through 15, 2018.

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JMU Vocal Arts Camp

July 24 - 28, 2018

Under the direction of Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy and the Choral Area at James Madison University, talented elementary, middle and high school singers will have the opportunity to share in a weeklong summer experience of choral singing!  In addition to daily rehearsals, movement classes and group social activities, campers receive daily Kodály-based and Orff musicianship classes.  Both faculty and students from the Choral Music Education Area at JMU support and teach in this program. Camp activities will make use of several JMU facilities, Wampler Hall dormitory, and the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall which is the setting for our Vocal Arts Camp Concert on Saturday, July 28 2018, at 11:00 am.

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Adult Piano Class
An adult piano learner

This June, the JMU School of Music is offering a special recreational music class on piano for adults in our community! Designed for beginners and developing learners, Music Academy classes are tailored for participants to make music in a fun, no-pressure environment! Classes meet on campus, in the JMU Music Building.

Our special 6-week summer piano program will be held 12:30-1:30 pm on Wednesday afternoons from June 6th to July 11th, 2018.

For more information, contact jmumusicacademy@gmail.com or contact Natalie Doughty at jmumusicacademy@gmail.com

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Kodály Teacher Training

Kodaly teacher training at JMU

Why take a Kodály course? 

  • You will become a better musician.
  • You will learn many, many new songs, games, techniques, ideas.
  • You will save HOURS of time on lesson planning because of more effective and detailed long-range planning and more organized materials.
  • Your lessons will become more efficient, effective, enjoyable, and intentional.

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Flute Fling

JMU Flute Studio 2015-16

The JMU Flute Club and the School of Music present FLUTE FLING! in Spring 2019.  This event is a fun and informative day of flute activities presented and sponsored by the students of the JMU Flute Club and geared towards flutists of all ages, teachers, band directors, and flute aficionados!

The 2019 Flute Fling will be Saturday, March, 2019.  Learn more

JMU George West Jazz Festival


Under the direction of Dr. Chuck Dotas, the JMU Jazz Ensemble was founded in 1971 and is the premier jazz group in the School of Music at JMU. The ensemble has performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Terrace Theater, Montreux International Jazz and Blues Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival and VMEA annual convention.

The JMU Jazz Ensemble has been featured with the U.S. Navy Commodores Jazz Ensemble and U.S. Air Force Airmen of Note Jazz Ensemble and at the East Coast Jazz Festival in Rockville, Maryland. The ensemble has performed with renowned artists like Bobby McFerrin and esteemed jazz vocalist Sheila Jordan.

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Junior Audition Clinic

Professor Sue Barber instructs a student at the Junior Audition Clinic at JMU

This free one-day event is designed to help high school juniors (sophomores are also welcome) to gain knowledge about what it's like to audition for a university music department in a friendly and non-threatening environment.

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Spring String Thing

SST rehearsal

Join us for the Spring String Thing, May, 2019. This year marks the 41st year for this highly popular program designed to provide enrichment for junior high school students.

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Guitar Class

guitar class

Guitar Class - Tuesday afternoons with Dan McCarthy, instructor
12:30pm - Level 2
1:30pm - Level 1

Classes for the fall semester 2018 will begin TBD and run for 12 weeks.

Registration: Course fee is $250 and includes book and materials. To register or for more information, contact Natalie Doughty at jmumusicacademy@gmail.com

"I enjoyed the class. I came into it with a musical background but with limited exposure to guitar. I thought the class was tailored to our experience level and provided a thorough introduction to various techniques and genres.   I liked that the class was small, so even though it was in a group setting, you received individual attention." - Sandra A.

"I really enjoyed the opportunity to take a beginner guitar class with other adults. I've wanted to take guitar lessons and the JMU Music Academy was a good fit for my schedule and budget. I also enjoyed meeting others from the community! Our instructor was very good and did a great job giving us not just the basics but additional tips and tools to use as we continue to practice in the future." - Jen B.

JMU Summer Concerts on the Lawn 2018


Sponsored by the College of Visual and Performing Arts, the 2018 Concerts on the Lawn series will take place between May 20 and June 24 on the Lawn at the Music Building or in War Memorial Auditorium at Memorial Hall (former Harrisonburg High School). All concerts are free and open to the public. For outdoor concerts, please bring blankets or lawn chairs for seating and picnics are welcome.

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Montréal Summer Study

Montreal Canada study abroad group

"The Montréal summer session was a great experience for me, especially as a non-jazz studies student.  Being able to explore such a cultured city is something I will never forget."

- Phil Cangelosi (Organizational Communication Studies)

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Venice Summer Study


For over 1,000 years, La Serenissima – the city republic of Venice – was at the forefront of commerce, finance and the arts. Join us as we explore one of the most unique cities in the world.

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