The West Virginia University Community Music Program is now accepting students for its diverse summer classes at the Creative Arts Center.

Classes are available for all ages and admission into classes is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Students may register until June 11 during office hours in room 416A of the Creative Arts Center or by returning a registration form with full payment for classes/lessons via mail or by fax at 304-293-7491. There is a $5 processing/registration fee for new and returning enrollees.

Private lessons are also available on a limited number of instruments and dependent on teacher availability.

The summer classes offered include:

  • “A Summer Sampler: Music for Young Children” is a fun and delightful class that explores the world of early childhood music with singing, rhymes, movement and instruments. This summer class is a sample of the longer semester class “Explore & Enjoy” and builds a strong musical foundation. The class is geared for ages 18 months through age three, but mixed age siblings are also welcome.
  • “Kodaly Music Class” is offered for ages three to six and allows young children to develop their social and music skills in a fun and dynamic environment of singing, moving, dancing and playing percussion instruments. This class will help children to develop music literacy, as well as connecting their aural and kinesthetic senses through many singing games and dances.
  • “Kodaly Elementary Music Class” offers elementary-aged children an opportunity to develop music literacy skills by learning how to sing on pitch through the Solfege technique (learning pitches in music on do, re, mi, fa, so, la and ti) and rhythms through fun games and activities. The children also learn music from a variety of genres including classical, folk and jazz.
  • “Suzuki Violin” is a beginning violin study following the principles of Shinichi Suzuki. It is geared for ages four and up with each child needing a parent-partner to attend lessons and assist with study at home. Students are eligible to participate in the class after satisfactorily playing at least two of the Twinkle variations, and will be placed in an appropriate group by the instructor.
  • “Beginning Group Piano for Kids” is a fun, effective approach to learning piano with the benefit of both private and group instruction for ages six to nine. This class provides the stimulation of a group environment with the individual attention of private instruction. Fifteen-minute private lessons on technique and repertoire are included. Weekly group classes include rhythmic games, ensemble playing and music theory on state-of-the art electronic keyboards. Class size is limited to four students.
  • “Harp on It!” is open to all ages with a limit of three students per class. Students will study hand positions and simple tunes. A practice harp is available for an additional fee. No musical background is necessary.
  • “Pedals, Pipes and Pizza! Intro to the Pipe Organ” is a workshop for ages 10-18 from the American Guild of Organists about the “king of instruments,” the pipe organ. No playing is required and each two-hour session concludes with a pizza party.
  • “Piano for Fun” is designed for adults of all ages who desire to build confidence, increase productivity, create social connections and inspire creativity through music making in a relaxed, carefree environment. The course is divided into three sections and students will be placed depending on skill level.

For more information on the classes, contact the College of Creative Arts at 304-293-5511 or visit



CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, College of Creative Arts

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