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Dates, times and locations

Lewisburg
St. Paul's United Methodist Church

Monday evening
September 10, 17, 24 | October 1, 8, 22, 29 | November 5, 12, 19

4:30-5 p.m.-0-18 months (parent and child)
5-5:30 p.m.-19 months-3 years (parent and child)
5:30-6 p.m.-3-5 years (child only)

Selinsgrove
Lower level of Fisher Hall, Susquehanna University

Tuesday evenings
September 11, 18, 25 | October 2, 9, 23, 30 | Novermber 6, 13, 20
5-5:30 p.m.—birth-3 years (parent and child)
5:30-6 p.m.—3-5 years (child only)

Wednesday mornings
September 12, 19, 26 | October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 | Novermber 7, 14
10-10:30 a.m. —birth - 18 months (parent and child)
10:30-11 a.m.—19 months-3 years (cparent and child)

Saturday mornings
September 8, 15, 22, 29 | October 6, 20, 27 | Novermber 3, 10, 17
10-10:30 a.m. -birth- 18 months (parent and child)
10:30-11 a.m.-19 months-3 years (cparent and child)
11:00-11:30 3-5 years (child alone)

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Cost

Ten-week sesion (fall/spring): $100


Class descriptions

Our classes offer a carefully planned sequence of music learning for children. Modeled on the work of John Feireabend, early childhood music expert and Professor of Music Education at the Hartt School, children experience music at an age-appropriate level through singing, rhythmic speech, moving to music, playing instruments, and listening to good models. Each class has a lead teacher and an assistant. Our program is the only local children's music class led by a PA certified music educator.

Curriculum Coordinator: Ashley Shank, D.M.A.

Circle of Music (infant - 19 months)
Parent and child
A beginning experience in music as parent (or grandparent!) and child go through singing, moving and playing instruments. Helps to initiate concepts such as beat, melody and rhythm through the use of songs, rhymes, finger plays and classical music. This class includes such developmentally appropriate activities as wiggles, tickles, bounces and lullabies.

Circle of Music (19 months-3 years)
Parent and child
A beginning experience in music as parent and child go through singing, moving and playing instruments. Helps to initiate concepts such as beat, melody and rhythm through the use of songs, rhymes, finger plays and classical music. This class includes more movement, independence and instruments while still including the support of a parent or caregiver.

Circle of Music (age 3- 5)
Child only
This class for child alone builds on the skills and activities previously experienced. Activities includes pitch exploration, circle activities, musical games, song tales, and finger plays. Children will experience music by singing, playing instruments, listening, and moving to music. This will help them develop the skills to be tuneful, beatful, and artful!

Applied concepts in music theory

This class is for anyone with basic music reading skills who wants to explore music theory in a creative, relaxed and hands-on manner. The exact content and pace of the class will be based on the experience and the interests of the students, but is sure to include intervals, chords, scales and basic composition. Ages 12+

Cost: $150
Instructor: Pat Long
Required materials: none
Classes: Tuesday 5-5:50 p.m., 10-week session beginning Thursday, Sept. 20, and ending Nov. 29 (no class on Thanksgiving)
Location: Fisher Hall Keyboard Lab (ground floor)

Group Drumming

Consisting mostly of semi-improvised drum circle activities, this class will be useful for those wanting to improve their rhythmic and improvisatory musicianship. Basic technique will be taught for a variety of percussion instruments. Ages 12+

Cost: $150
Instructor: Pat Long
Required materials: none
Classes: Tuesday, 4-4:50 p.m., 10-week session beginning Thursday, Sept. 20, and ending Nov. 29 (no class on Thanksgiving)
Location: Fisher Hall Music Preparatory Program Room (ground floor)

Group Guitar for Beginners

If you've always wanted to learn to play the guitar for enjoyment, this is the class for you. Students will learn basic chords, strumming and tablature in a class setting. 

Cost: $150/session
Instructor: Jay Umble
Required materials: Your own guitar 
Classes: Tuesdays, time TBD (ages 12+)
Classes will meet for 10 weeks, dates TBA
Location: TBA

Group Piano for Adult Beginners

If you've always wanted to learn to play the piano for enjoyment, this is the class for you. Students will learn the fundamentals of playing technique and music reading. No experience is necessary. Age 18 and older.

Cost: $150/session
Instructor: Jaime Namminga
Required materials:

  • Access to a keyboard or piano for individual practice
  • Fundamental Keys by Rachel Jiminez

Classes: Tuesday 8-8:50 p.m., 10-week session. Begins Sept. 4 and ends Nov. 6. There will be class the Tuesday of fall break.

We only offer group piano for adults at this time. Younger students (and anyone who prefers to begin with individual instruction) are encouraged to enroll in private lessons.

The Susquehanna University Music Preparatory Program offers private lessons to students of all ages and abilities. Whether you are seeking instruction for your child or grandchild, a college student wishing to improve their skills for personal enjoyment or in preparation for ensemble participation and more serious study with SU faculty, or you're an adult who is returning to an instrument or fulfilling a life-long wish to play an instrument, we can pair you with a teacher to help achieve your goals. Private weekly lessons are taught by Susquehanna students who have been recommended by their private teachers. All lessons are taught at Susquehanna University. We host an annual recital for students enrolled in the Music Preparatory Program. The spring 2019 recital date is TBD. 

Piano, Organ, Voice, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion, Strings

Twelve-Week Session (Fall and Winter/Spring Semesters) 
Twelve 30-minute lessons: $180
Twelve 45-minute lessons: $270
Twelve one-hour lessons: $324

Ten-week Summer Session (mid-May through August)
Ten 30-minute lessons: $138
Ten 45-minutes lessons: $204
Ten one-hour lessons: $260

Instructor establishes the lesson schedule.

Harp

Six one-hour lessons: $276
Schedule established by Ruth Hunter, instructor.

Beginning Violin Class

Parent and child

Ten-week session (fall only): $100

Experience one-on-one instruction with Susquehanna music education students under the direction of Jennifer Sacher Wiley, associate professor of music. Following this class, students may continue instruction with private lessons.

Susquehanna Fiddlers

Fall and winter/spring session: $30/semester or $50/year
For students in Suzuki Books 1-3

This class combines traditional group violin class activities with fun fiddling! This class is intended as a supplemental enrichment to private lessons.

SU Strings

Fall and winter/spring semesters: $45 per semester or $80 for both

An intermediate level community orchestra for ages 8-80. Conducted by Susquehanna students and advised by Jennifer Sacher Wiley.

A refund of no more than 50% of the fee will be given to students who choose to discontinue lessons or group classes within the first three weeks. Beyond the first three weeks, no refund will be issued.

All private lessons will be given in Cunningham Center for Music and Art at a time that is mutually convenient for both teacher and student. If a student misses a private lesson and has not notified the teacher ahead of time, the teacher will be paid and the lesson will not be rescheduled. If the teacher is notified ahead of time, up to two lessons will be rescheduled due to illness, inclement weather or another musical engagement. Any student or teacher cancellations will be made up at a time that is mutually convenient.

No group classes will be rescheduled.

Contact Us

Music Preparatory Program

514 University Ave.
Selinsgrove, Pa. 17870

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Location

Fisher Hall 

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Phone & Email

Ashley Shank, Director
570-372-4547
musicprep@susqu.edu