Offering group recreational music classes on piano and guitar to JMU faculty and staff and adjults in the local community.  Our classes meet for an hour once a week for 12 weeks.

  • Begin with the basics of the instrument!
  • Play folk, light classics, and easy jazz
  • Learn to play by chords/lead sheets
  • Learn in a relaxed friendly environment
  • Limited space – 12 per class
Spring 2020 Music Academy Classes
Music Academy Spring Offerings
12 Week Program of Group Music Classes for Adults! First classes meet January 24, 2020.
Level 1: Fridays 2:30-3:30pm with Jonah Barnett
Meeting on Fridays, 12:15-1:15pm:
Level 1A with Alan Tunucci
- Beginner music class starting with off-staff letters and how to navigate the piano, mostly hands separate work, working towards basic note reading, some chording of pop tunes, elementary music concepts
Level 1B with Natalie Doughty
Honing hands together playing and on-staff music reading, chording in basic white keys, furthering elementary music concepts, basic group improvisation
Meeting on Fridays, 1:30-2:30pm:
Level 2A with Alan Tunucci
- Appropriate for those comfortable with basic note reading and hands together playing, intermediate music concepts, exploration of various repertoire and lead sheets from popular tunes, some basic duets/group improvisation
Level 2B with Natalie Doughty
- Deeper intermediate musical concepts explored beyond note-playing, group duets/improvisation, expansion of lead sheets and repertoire 

Registration & Materials Fee: $250 | Register for our classes now!
Registration Conference Code: JMUMA20
Deadline to enroll: January 27, 2020
Questions? Email
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"I registered for the class really not knowing what to expect and I don’t want it to finish! One of my interests was learning to play using chords and after just 12 weeks, I can play several songs using a guitar chord book at the piano.  In addition to refreshing my sight-reading skills, I learned that improvising is fun and anyone can do it!  It really was a creative, non-pressured environment and I learned more than I ever thought I would." - Janice G.

"I thoroughly enjoyed taking group piano lessons.  My wonderful teacher was very patient and kind!! It was also fun to interact with other people that I had not met before.  We became friends and we had a lot of fun.  I found myself looking forward to classes each week!" - Towana M.

"My two semester participation in the piano classes of the JMU Music Academy were very rewarding. I rediscovered my long lost love of playing in an atmosphere that is professional and non-threatening.  I was amazed at the amount of information that was covered in a once-a-week class as well as the high quality of instruction." - Cynthia T.

"My experience with the adult piano course has met above and beyond my expectations! Learning the piano has always been on my bucket list and I’m so glad I finally took this step. I’ve learned so much in just a few short weeks. I went from not knowing how to read a single note to being able to actually read sheet music along with learning 3 different hand positions, chords, and musical terminology. I can’t believe I’m playing songs written from Chopin, Bach and Mozart! I enjoy my peaceful time practicing at home. I’ve always admired those musicians that can de-stress and get lost in their music. I can finally have that 'me' time!" - Patti C.

"I found the Music Academy group lessons to be fun, informative, and collaborative—we learn from and support each other!  As a result, I have regained my motivation to learn and play the piano, and I would unhesitatingly recommend the program to anyone, young or old, who aspires to develop their own musical interests!" - Steve P.

Our Instructors

Tonya Menard

Natalie Doughty
Piano Instructor/Administrator


Jonah Barnett
Guitar Instructor



Alan Tunucci
Piano Instructor

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