Spring 2023 classes will begin February 3, 2023. Registration is now live!

Designed for beginners and developing learners, Music Academy classes are tailored for adults to make music in a fun, no-pressure environment!

We currently offer group classes on guitar, piano, and voice!

These recreational music classes meet on JMU campus and are open to JMU faculty, staff, students, and adults of the local community. 

Classes are offered in full sessions or half sessions depending on theme or instrument. For more details, read below. 

Spring 2023 classes will begin February 3, 2023. Click here to register for a class!


guitar-fall-22.pngMeeting times:

  • Beginner Class » Sundays, 5:00pm-6:00pm
  • Intermediate Class » Fridays, 1:30pm-2:30pm

Instructor: Ben Scott

Registration Options:

  • Full Session/10 weeks (February 3-April 21) - $250
  • 1st Half Session/5 weeks (February 3-March 10) - $125
  • 2nd Half Session/5 weeks (March 20-April 21) - $125

Class details: Guitar classes will go over important skills on the guitar including correct strumming, picking, chord shapes, and wil incorporate multiple songs from different genres. People of all skill levels are welcome! Participants are welcome to bring their own guitar or we have guitars on site for those who don't have their own. Guitars can also be rented from The Tuning Fork or Tiller Strings in Harrisonburg, VA. 

Recent Testimonial:

"The Music Academy guitar class met my expectations in being very beginner friendly. We learned the basics of guitar and different chords and received several different songs to practice. I had a really great time and loved the group atmosphere! The instructor, Ben, was great at communicating different things from guitar basics to music theory and encouraged us to ask questions. He was very knowledgeable, personable, and approachable! He made sure we were not discouraged if something was particularly challenging and taught us a lot about different aspects of playing guitar. Learning to play an instrument is challenging, but Ben was very encouraging and answered our questions well. I look forward to practicing and improving my skills and am very grateful that I got this experience within JMU's Music Academy! I would definitely recommend this class to other people who want to start learning how to play guitar." - Lilly M., Fall 2022 guitar participant

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Multi-Level Piano Class

music-academy-special-programs.pngMeeting time: Fridays - 12:30pm-1:30pm

Instructor: Natalie Doughty

Registration Options:

  • Full Session/10 weeks (February 3-April 21) - $250
  • 1st Half Session/5 weeks (February 3-March 10) - $125
  • 2nd Half Session/5 weeks (March 20-April 21) - $125

Class details: Open to anyone of any level! We will explore basic musical concepts, playing as a group, and improvisation and chording. 

Register for a piano class

Beginner Vocal Class

voice-fall-22.pngMeeting times:

  • Beginner Class » Mondays, 6:00pm-6:50pm
  • Intermediate Class » Mondays, 7:00pm-7:50pm

Instructor: Denise Schulz

Registration Options:

  • Full Session/10 weeks (February 3-April 21) - $250
  • 1st Half Session/5 weeks (February 3-March 10) - $125
  • 2nd Half Session/5 weeks (March 20-April 21) - $125

Class details: Open to anyone of any voice type! Perhaps you have never sung before and want to learn, hope to improve voice quality and function, or just want to sing for the pure love of it. This group singing class will first concentrate on some of the basic elements of singing and how these make up the whole of each person's individual sound. Using easy vocal exercises, commonly known songs, and suitable songs suggested by participants, we will learn in a positive and friendly environment as well as highlight good vocal practices and better breathing techniques. We will also discuss how to sing in a choir and explore resources you can use as a singer to fully participate and be an asset to your group. This class is helpful for those with no singing experience, for those who have sung in the past and would like to sing again, as well as for those who currently sing and would like to improve their vocal quality and technique. 

Recent Testimonials:

"I liked everything about the vocal class. We learned techniques to improve the quality of our singing voices. Loved the songs selected, loved having the handouts, loved singing in unison and in rounds in class. Denise, the teacher, was knowledgeable, personable, and approachable. I was surprised to learn that I am a second soprano... never knew! Great investment in my time and money! Thank you for the fun class!" - Molly M., Fall 2022 vocal participant

"This class was an excellent intro to the voice as an instrument and it was fun singing with a group! Looking forward to more!" - Terri M., Fall 2022 vocal participant

"It was fun singing with others and I enjoyed the song selections!" - Mike G., Fall 2022 vocal participant

Register for a voice class

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Natalie Doughty

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