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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 SESSION:  FALL 2015
Early Childhood Music Classes
Infant/Toddler Class (Ages 0-3 yr.)
Preschool/Kindergarten Class (Ages 3-5 yr.)

Description:  

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.

Instructors:               
Ms. Amy Sierzega, Ann Arbor Public Schools

When:

**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.

Dates:  September 26 - November 21 (8 weeks)

(Mondays:  9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16)

(Saturdays:  9/26, 10/3, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21---NO CLASS 10/10)

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:  $120 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
Keyboard Games
Keyboard Games (Ages 4-6)
  • Small Class Sizes
  • 10-week sessions
  • Builds on the foundation of informal learning laid in early childhood music classes
  • Gradual introduction to the piano and formal music instruction
  • Beginning October 5

EMU Lecturer in Keyboard Studies, Jennifer Fisher and her assistants provide 45-minute music experiences for young children.                                                                                                                                                                                   

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 explore the instrument for frequent yet brief periods throughout the week. When interest and attention span allow it, encourage them to copy the game-like pieces from the CD and book exactly. 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 Keyboard Games Book A by Marilyn Lowe online or at your local music store.

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

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. 

Who

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

Where

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

 

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