Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Coming Soon: Guitar Class

The Shepherdstown School of Music is pleased to announce a new session for 

Guitar Class!

This class will be open to guitar students ages 10 to 17.
Ukulele players in the same age range are welcome too. 

We will meet every Monday from 7 to 8 pm beginning November 3 and continue for seven weeks. 

We will learn to play five or six songs as a group, each player playing a different part based on his or her abilities. The songs will include traditional folk songs, a couple classic rock songs, and a couple contemporary pieces. All skill levels are encouraged to join in.
Along the way, students will learn new guitar skills, including playing chords, playing melodies, strumming rhythms, reading guitar music, and playing in a group.  

The cost is $100 per student for seven 1 hour classes.

We will meet for seven consecutive Mondays, 
beginning on November 3 and the final class being December 15.
We will then play at the SSOM Recital on the evening of December 19.

To register, click "REGISTER!" on this web page and fill out the form.
If you are already in the system, please just email me at

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Private Lessons

Hi everyone,

I'm happy to be starting another year of teaching at the Shepherdstown School of Music. 
At the moment the school specializes in piano and guitar lessons. 
Future plans include bringing in new teachers and offering a wider assortment of musical instruction.
Listed below are the choices available for private lessons at this time.

  • Beginning Piano
  • Jazz Piano
  • Classical Piano
  • Beginning Guitar
  • Folk and Rock Guitar
  • Jazz Guitar
  • Ukulele
  • Voice
  • Bass Guitar
  • Music Composition
  • Music Theory and Ear Training (any instrument)
  • Jazz Theory and Improvisation (any instrument)
  • Songwriting
  • Beginning Saxophone

To register for private lessons, just click "Register" on the website, fill out the form, and choose "Private Lessons".  We will then get in touch with you to schedule your lessons. Or call 304-268-8870.

When you sign up for private lessons on a continuous weekly basis, private lessons will cost $25 a lesson for 30 minutes of one on one private instruction.

Payment will be at the beginning of each month, and the amount for that month will depend on how many lessons happen for you that month.  Sometimes there will be 4 lessons in a month, sometimes 5, and in the case of Holidays or preplanned cancellations, 3 lessons in a month.

45 minute weekly lessons are available at $35 a lesson, and one hour weekly lessons are $45 a lesson.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Rock and Jazz Jam Camp - July 14 to 19

The Shepherdstown School of Music

Presents the 2014
Rock and Jazz Jam Camp
Monday July 14
Friday July 18
9am to 12 noon each day
With a Performance on
Saturday, July 19 at 12 noon 
Location will be the Shepherdstown Train Station

I will develop arrangements for four or five rock and jazz tunes
and have parts for each student to play, catered to their individual abilities.
We will also explore improvisation
and give each player opportunities to solo in a group setting.

  • Play some classic rock and jazz tunes.
  • Learn basics of Improvisation and get soloing experience.
  • Learn the chords rhythms and scales in rock and jazz music.
- Students ages 9 to 17.

- All instruments welcome, including vocalists.

Cost is $100 per student.

To register, click on "Register!" on this website, and fill out the form.

Thursday, April 3, 2014


The Shepherdstown School of Music is proud to announce an upcoming music recital, the first for SSOM.

The recital will be on Sunday, April 27 from 4 to 6 pm at the Shepherdstown Train Station.

Please come and enjoy an afternoon of music and refreshments.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Here's the new sign for the Shepherdstown School of Music!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013



Sign up with your friends to start a band. 
We can help you with weekly coaching sessions.
  • Learn your parts faster.
  • Learn songs faster.
  • Fine tune your sound.
  • Tighten up your rhythms.
  • Write your own songs and lyrics, with cool riffs and funky beats.
  • Save lots of time and be ready for a gig within two months!
  • Any genre, any instrumentation.
Cost per 60 minute weekly session is $60 divided by the number of band members.