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EMU Community Music Academy

Phone: 734-487-9750
Email: emu.cma@emich.edu

Community Music Academy

EMU's Community Music Academy (CMA) offers non-credit music lessons and classes in piano. We provide an environment that encourages students to realize their musical aptitude in a nurturing and supportive environment. All instruction is supervised and/or provided by professional faculty, many of whom are members of the University faculty. The Academy uses a curriculum that is unique in its focus on teaching music in a way that is similar to the way we learn language.

NEW Community Music Academy class for Winter 2014:
"Young Music Makers" Class (Ages 4-7)

Description: This class will provide a variety of experiences designed to expand children's musical skills and understanding in a fun and active way. Activities will include singing, chanting, moving, creating, improvising, and playing assorted percussion instruments, as well as games and imaginative musical play. Rather than merely learning about music or studying music through theory or notation, children in this class will be actively engaged in making music while being immersed in a rich musical environment. Children of all ability and experience levels are welcome, as instruction will be tailored to meet the individual needs of all students enrolled. The goal of this program is to increase children's music aptitude (potential) and achievement through engaging and entertaining musical activities, which will lay a foundation for lifelong music making and enjoyment.

Instructor: Heather Shouldice, Assistant Professor of Music Education

When: Mondays, 4:30 p.m.- 5:15 p.m. Dates: March 3 through April 14, (NO class on April 7)

Where: This class will be held in Rm, 121 at the EMU Autism Collaborative Center/Fletcher Building (1055 Cornell Road). Parking is available at the front of the building.

For more information, contact Heather Shouldice via email (preferred) at hshouldi@emich.edu or by phone at 734-487-6935.

Cost: $75 per child for 6- 45 min. classes

Tuition Discount: There will be a discount offered when multiple siblings from the same family enroll in this class. See the online registration form for details.


MLT Piano Classes

Music Learning Theory Piano (Ages 6-9)
  • Small Class Sizes
  • 10-week sessions
  • No siblings, unless registered for the class

EMU Faculty Steinway Artist, Dr. Garik Pedersen, and his team of EMU piano pedagogy graduate teaching assistants provide 45-minute weekly piano classes for children. Students taking MLT Piano Classes may register for private lessons after the first semester.

Parent/Caregiver: Parents are encouraged to observe/participate in class unless supervising siblings in the waiting area.  Listen to the CD with your child at home.  Encourage your child to practice at home only what he/she clearly understands.  To learn more about Music Learning Theory, visit Gordon Institute for Music Learning.  To learn more about Music Moves for piano, visit http://www.musicmovesforpiano.com/

Materials: Purchase Music Moves for Piano-Book 1 by Marilyn Lowe online or at your local music store.  For purchasing suggestions, email emu.cma@emich.edu.



Dr. Garik Pedersen, Faculty Steinway Artist
Jennifer Fisher, Lecturer in Keyboard Studies


EMU CMA academic year incorporates four terms:  Fall Term (10-weeks), Winter Term (10-weeks), Spring Term (10-weeks), and Summer Term (7-weeks), which includes Summer Camp.

2014 Dates

Winter Term: January 13-March 28

Spring Term: April 7-June 13


EMU CMA activities take place in the Alexander Music Building, located on the east edge of campus in Ypsilanti, just east of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Parking is available in the attended lot next to the Alexander Music Building on East Circle Drive.

Online Registration

Registration Form

Tuition Discounts

Tuition Discounts are available during early registration each term.  EMU faculty, staff, and students may take advantage of additional discount during early registration.

The Department of Music & Dance is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, 214 Pray-Harrold, 734.487.4344 • Faculty Resources