Shenandoah Conservatory Arts Academy

Private Instrumental and Vocal Lessons (ages 3 years-Adult)

Have you always wanted to play an instrument or perhaps you want to continue to work on your skills?

Learn to play guitar, piano, violin, vocal lessons or any of the instruments listed below. Be ready for the next school year, by taking lessons with our highly-qualified instructors this summer.

We look forward to the return to classroom learning at the John Kerr Building with this session. 

Here are our building “COVID” protocols. Please keep in mind that we expect the situation to change (for the better) as we approach fall. We will keep you posted with evolving details. However, as of June 1, we expect the following:

*For us to reduce occupancy in the building, please drop your student off whenever possible
*Students, faculty and staff will be masked
*Unvaccinated visitors/parents/guardians will be masked
*We are practicing courteous social distancing
*Our emphasis is on in-person learning, although, should your student or family still require digital learning, please contact us for some flexible virtual friendly options
We look forward to seeing you this summer!
Our emphasis is on in-person learning, depending on the instrument
Voice and wind instruments are still taught virtually via Zoom

Registration is ongoing throughout the summer

Summer Band and Music Lessons '17

Summer Instrumental and Vocal Lessons

We offer individual instruction to students of all ages and abilities, from beginner to advanced levels. Private instructors tailor curriculum and repertoire to each individual student with the intent to develop skills, both motor and auditory, and for proficiency in an instrument or voice. Students are also taught basic ear-training, sight-reading and theory fundamentals. Flexible scheduling for summer lessons from June to August.

To find out more about private instruction offerings, fill out our Interest Inquiry form or call the SCAA office at 540-665-4602.

Private Instruction Rates and Information

Rates vary by instructor and are given upon request by calling the SCAA office at 540-665-4602 or email to The office will supply you with contact information for the instructor(s) so that you can speak to the instructor about scheduling and answer any questions that you may have prior to registering for lessons.

Private Instruction Registration

After speaking with the instructor(s), registration for individual instruction is completed by mail, email or in person at the SCAA office. During the summer months, students are registered for a number of lessons that satisfy both the instructors’ and families’ summer schedule.

Beginning in September, students register for a structured academic year of 28 or 32 weekly lessons (depending on the instructor). Students who begin lessons after the start of the fall session will be registered for the remainder of weeks to the end of the academic year calendar (May 2022).
 During the academic year, recital opportunities are held in the concert facilities on the Shenandoah University campus.

Suzuki Instruction (3 years and up)

The Suzuki method, developed by the late Japanese violinist and educator Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, has revolutionized instrumental teaching and produced outstanding results with young children. During the early years, children can develop extraordinary musical abilities much in the same way they learn to speak their native language. Recommended for children 3 and older, specially trained instructors first teach basic listening and playing skills, with note reading following later. Thus, the Suzuki method has been called the “Mother Tongue Method.” A parent’s role is essential in the development of early learning ability. Parental attendance at lessons is required, and the parent must help with practice at home. Observation of lessons prior to enrollment is recommended and must be arranged in advance with the instructor. During the academic year, group lessons are included and are an integral part of the program. Group lessons are scheduled at approximately two-week intervals.

SCAA Piano Festival

During the academic year, the Piano Department will host a SCAA Piano Festival. Participating students will perform before two judges and receive a written critique and rating from each judge and a certificate of participation.

SCAA Instrumental Ensembles and Orchestra

Information on ensembles and orchestra can be found under Fall/Spring Classes on the home page.

Private Instruction offered in



Voice (currently virtual only lessons)
Musical Theater

Brass (currently virtual only lessons)
French Horn

Winds (currently virtual only lessons)

Electric Bass
Guitar (acoustic)
Guitar (electric)

Percussion (currently virtual only lessons)
Classical Percussion
Drum Set