Dates, times and locations

Virtual Children’s Classes

10-week session for caregiver and child

Thursdays, February – April 2021
Feb. 18, 25 | Mar. 4, 11, 18, 25 | Apr. 1, 8, 15, 22

11:00-11:45 a.m. – Musical Beginnings (Birth-18 months)  

4:15-5:00 p.m. – Music Play (18 months-3 years)

5:15-6:00 p.m. – Music Makers (3-5 years)


Virtual Music Classes Include:

  • Weekly live virtual music class sessions
  • Access to recordings of classes to watch and enjoy with your child at any time
  • Audio files of songs and activities used throughout the session recorded by your music teacher
  • Weekly activity starter videos to give you tools and tips to make music with your child at home
  • A music materials kit to use during classes


Ten-week fall/spring session: $100

Eight-week summer session: $80

20% discount on additional children in the same immediate family

Class descriptions

Our early childhood music classes are designed to provide children from birth through age seven and their caregivers with a rich musical experience. Classes are play-based and we cultivate a relaxed environment so children and adults can interact with music in a way that is comfortable for them. Classes include a wide variety of singing, rhythmic, and movement activities using simple age-appropriate props and instruments. Classes will be led by Professor Adrienne Rodriguez who has extensive training and experience teaching early childhood music classes. Virtual classes will give you and your child an opportunity to engage with music, learn new activities, and have fun from the comfort of your own home.


Musical Beginnings (ages Birth – 18 months) 
Caregiver and child

This introductory class is designed for caregivers and children to learn and have fun together through music. The environment is relaxed and focused on providing children with exposure to music in an age appropriate way while giving caregivers tools and ideas for how they might include music into their interactions with their children. Participants will be introduced to musical concepts such as beat, melody, and rhythm in an informal and playful way. No prior musical experience required! Class activities include singing, rhymes, movement, and simple props and instruments.


Music Play (ages 18 months – 3)
Caregiver and Child

This class is designed to keep toddlers engaged through playful and active musical experiences along with their caregiver. Participants will explore many of the same musical concepts as our infant class but with an increased focus on children’s participation and growing independence. Class activities include singing, rhymes, movement, and simple props and instruments for both caregivers and children to enjoy. Come explore how children can learn and grow musically through play!


Music Makers (ages 3 – 5)
Caregiver and Child

Children in this class will continue to develop music skills through play-based music learning. This class is designed for caregivers and children to experience music through singing, playing instruments, listening, and moving to music. Children will be given opportunities to engage in some activities independently and to contribute ideas to class while still including the support of a parent or caregiver.  

Adult and teen group instruction will not be offered in person for fall 2020 - please check back.

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: Not offered fall 2020
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: Not offered fall 2020
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: Nelson Rodriguez-Parade
Required materials: Your own guitar 
Classes: Tuesdays, 7-8 p.m. beginning Sept. 10 and ending Nov. 19; no class Oct. 22 during fall break
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: Not offered fall 2020

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. 

For the fall 2020 session, all lessons will be offered virtually via Zoom or a similar platform. We ask that private lesson students have:

  1. The instrument at home to practice
  2. Access to the internet
  3. A computer or device with a camera/built-in microphone
  4. Familiarity with technology needed to participate in online lessons

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.


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. 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. Led by Nelson Rodriguez-Parada
and assisted by Susquehanna music students.

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, lessons are only made up at the teacher's prerogative. 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.

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