Now enrolling for 2nd Half Session (5-week course) for guitar and piano class, "A Classical Christmas." Classes begin October 21st. Deadline October 25th. Register below!
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general-ma-photo.pngDesigned 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 (NEW offering coming Fall 2022)!

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. 

Register for a class here

Beginner Guitar Class

guitar-block-image.pngMeeting times: Fridays from 12:30-1:30pm

Instructor: Ben Scott

Registration Options:

  • Full Session (10 weeks from September 9 - November 18): $250.00 (Note: No class on October 14th due to JMU Fall Break) registration deadline: September 12
  • 1st Half Session (5 weeks from September 9 - October 7): $125.00 registration deadline: September 12
  • 2nd Half Session (5 weeks from October 21 - November 18): $125.00 registration deadline: October 24

Class details: This class 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. 

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Multi-Level Piano Class

group-piano-block.pngMeeting Times: Fridays from 12:30-1:30pm

Instructor: Natalie Doughty

Registration Options:

  • Full Session (10 weeks from September 9 - November 18): $250.00 (Note: No class on October 14th due to JMU Fall Break) registration deadline: September 12
  • 1st Half Session "Music of Elvis" (5 weeks from September 9 - October 7): $125.00 registration deadline: September 12
  • 2nd Half Session "Classical Christmas" (5 weeks from October 21 - November 18): $125.00 registration deadline: October 24

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

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Beginner Vocal Class

voice-block-image.pngMeeting Times: Monday evenings from 6:00-7:00pm

Instructor: Denise Schulz

Registration: Full Session (10 weeks from September 9 - November 18): $250.00 (Note: No class on October 14th due to JMU Fall Breakregistration deadline: September 12

Class details: Open to anyone of any voice type interested in beginner voice! 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. 

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Music Academy

Natalie Doughty

Natalie Doughty
Piano Instructor/
Administrator
doughtna@jmu.edu

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