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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.

Early Childhood Music Classes
Infant/Toddler Class (Ages 0-3 yr.)
Preschool/Kindergarten Class (Ages 3-5 yr.)
Young Musicians (Ages 5-7 yr.)

These classes will immerse young children in a rich musical environment and provide a variety of experiences designed to expand musical understanding and skills in an active and playful way. Class activities include singing and chanting, moving to music (including use of props such as bean bags, scarves, and streamers), playing assorted small percussion instruments, pattern instruction, and imaginative musical play. The goal of this program is to increase children's music aptitude (potential to achieve in music) engaging and entertaining musical activities, which will lay a foundation for lifelong music making and enjoyment. Children attend infant/toddler and preschool/kindergarten classes with a parent or caregiver, who participates alongside the child.

Dr. Heather Shouldice, Assistant Professor of Music Education, EMU (Monday classes)
Ms. Amy Sierega, Music Teacher, Ann Arbor Public Schools (Saturday classes)


**Infant/Toddler (0-3 yr.) classes:  Monday, 5:15-6:00 p.m.  Saturday, 9:00-9:45 a.m.

**Preschool/Kindergarten (3-5 yr.) classes:   Monday, 6:15-7:00 p.m.  Saturday, 10:00-10:45 a.m.

**Young musicians (5-7 yr.) classes:  Saturday, 11:00-11:45 a.m.

Dates:  January 26-March 28 (8 weeks)

(Mondays:  1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23---NO CLASS 2/23)

(Saturdays:  1/31, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28---NO CLASS 2/7)

Where: This class will be held in Rm. 213 at the EMU Alexander Music Building (corner of Lowell and Jarvis). Parking information will be provided after registration.

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

Cost:  $100 per child for eight 45-minute 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 (link below) for details.

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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 the 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


The 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 - 2015 Dates for the Full Academic Year

Fall Term:       September 29 - December 12 (No lessons or classes the week of November 24)

Winter Term:   January 12 - March 27

Spring Term:   April 13 - June 12


EMU's CMA activities take place in the Alexander Music Building (corner of Lowell and Jarvis) located on the east edge of campus in Ypsilanti, just east of Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Parking is available in the guest lot next to the Alexander Building.                                        

Online Registration

Registration Form

Tuition Discounts

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