Longwood Center for Community Music

The Longwood Center for Community Music will return to in-person lessons and classes for the 2022-23 school year! Online options are available by special request.

Something is available for every age!

If you don’t see what you’re looking for, please contact Kristen Topham (434)395-2503, to see what arrangements we can make for you!


Payment Information

The LCCM offers two payment options pay in full (credit or check) or pay monthly (credit card only).

  • To pay in full—pay online with Visa or Mastercard, or submit a check to the cashiering office.
  • To pay monthly—choose the monthly payment option at checkout, and enter the monthly amount listed for the class. You will have the option to enter a start and end date for payment. “The start date can be any day of the month you choose.


Music Together ®

An internationally-acclaimed music program for families with children ages Birth-5

Children and the grown-ups who love them meet weekly to participate in a fun, playful, and interactive musical experience. Families are immersed in live singing, movement, and instrument play to develop musicianship through body awareness and auditory processing. These informal, hands-on early childhood music classes give families and children a chance to get in touch with their inner musician and connect with other families. 

Spring 2024: Triangle Collection
Saturdays 9 -9:45 a.m.

April 6, 13, 20, 27
May 4, 11

Payment options: one payment of $100

Music Together art & logo design copyright ©1992-2023 Music Together LLC.  Music Together is a registered trademark.  The Longwood Center for Community Music is licensed by Music Together LLC.


Little Music Makers

Ages 5-6

This class will spark your child’s love of music through interactive singing, movement, and instrument play. Children will be introduced to the fundamentals of music notation, ensemble playing, and intentional listening with drums, bells, and piano playing.

Mondays 5:30-6:15 PM
Instructor: Longwood music student intern

Fee: $125
(includes 8 weeks of class and all materials)

Class Meets
Sept 18, 25
Oct 2, 16, 23, 30
Nov 6, 13
*No class Oct 9


Group Piano Level 1

Ages 7-9 (1st and 2nd grade)

This class is a combination of interactive group learning and private instruction. The group class provides a supportive and engaging environment for students to build listening skills, create musical performances, and learn the fundamentals of piano playing. The private lessons ensure that students develop strong piano technique and music reading skills.

Class begins the week of August 21.
Mondays 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Group Instructor: Kristen Topham

Private lesson time will be determined based on student/teacher availability.
Private Instructor: Longwood music student intern

Fee: $640 (includes 24 group classes, 24 private lessons, 3 performances)
Payment options: 1 payment of $640 or 8 payments of $80
Materials Fee: $40 (individual book purchase)

 

Group Piano Level 2

Students must have completed Level 1

Students enrolled in this class attend a group class weekly for one hour where piano technique, listening skills, and the language of music are taught through movement, demonstration, and enriching activities. Students also attend a weekly private lesson for 30 minutes where individual instruction is given and practice habits are reinforced. Class meets weekly for 26 weeks; private instruction meets weekly for 24 weeks.

Class begins the week of August 21.
Thursdays 5:30-6:30 PM

Group Instructor: Longwood music student intern

Private Instructor: Kristen Topham

Fee: $640 (includes 24 group classes, 24 private lessons, 3 performances)
Materials Fee: $40 (individual book purchase)
Payment options: 1 payment of $640 or 8 payments of $80

 


Private Piano Lessons; 30-minutes

Age 8+ | Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Students meet weekly with an instructor for 30 minutes to work on piano technique, piano repertoire from all musical time periods, music theory, and listening skills. 

Private lesson time will be determined based on student/teacher availability.

Lessons begin the week of August 21.

Instructor: Kristen Topham

Beginner Lessons; weekly 30-minute lessons

Fee: $640 (includes 24 private lessons, 2 performance classes, 4 recitals)
Materials Fee: $40 (individual book purchase)
Payment options: 1 payment of $640 or 8 payments of $80

Intermediate/Advanced Lessons; weekly 45-minute lessons

Fee: $960 (includes 24 private lessons, 2 performance classes, 4 recitals)
Materials Fee: $40 (individual book purchase)
Payment options: 1 payment of $960 or 8 payments of $120

 

Private Piano Lessons; 45-minutes

Ages 8+

Recommended After the 3rd year of Piano Study

Students meet weekly with an instructor for 45 minutes to work on piano technique, piano repertoire from all musical time periods, music theory, and listening skills. 

Several performance opportunities will be offered throughout the year including

  • Holiday events
  • Performance classes
  • Formal recitals

Students will be expected to purchase music throughout the year and perform in the end of the year recital. The fee for this class includes 20 private lessons, 2 group classes, and admission to all public performances.

Instructor: Kristen Topham

Class begins the week of August 22
Fee: $750 (20 weeks)
Materials Fee: $40 (individual book purchase)
Payments: 1 payment of $750 or 8 payments of $95


Beginner Violin Class

4th or 5th grade

The course will include assembling String Rise Violins (included with the course), cultivating proper violin hold set-up and posture, learning musical terms and skills such as note recognition, singing, and rhythms. In the last two weeks of classes, the students will have the opportunity to try their newly-developed skills on regular violins, as well (included with the course).

Wednesdays 6:00-6:45 p.m.
Sept 20, 27
Oct 4, 11, 18

Instructor: Dr. Lauretta Werner with assistance from a Longwood University Student Intern

Fee: $25 (Includes 5 weeks of class, String Rise violin and all materials)
Payment options: 1 payment of $25

Not a 4th or 5th grader, but want to start Beginner Violin Class? Please let us know of your interest by completing the Beginning Strings Class Interest Form.


Private String Lessons

Ages 3+ | Beginner & Intermediate

Private lesson time will be based on student/teacher availability.

​Class begins the week of August 28

Beginner Lessons: weekly 30-minute lessons
Fee: $480 (includes 24 private lessons, 2 recitals)
Payment options: 1 payment of $480 or 8 payments of $60
Materials Fee: $40 (individual book purchase)

Intermediate/Advanced Lessons: weekly 45-minute lessons
Fee: $720 (includes 24 private lessons, 2 recitals)
Payment options: 1 payment of $720 or 8 payments of $90
Materials Fee: $40 (individual book purchase)

Instructor: Lauretta Werner

 


Heart of VA Community Band

Mondays 7:30-9 p.m.

The Heart of Virginia Community Band is composed of residents of Farmville and the surrounding area who enjoy making music with their woodwind, brass, and percussion band instruments. 

Members of all skill and experience levels are invited to join us! 

Our seasons run from mid-August to early May. Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings.  

We perform three free-standing concerts each year on the Longwood campus and then at the Heart of Virginia Festival. 

We also provide smaller ensembles during the season for various events staged by local civic organizations. 

Our playlists range from 19th and 20th Century traditional concert band compositions to Broadway and Hollywood scores to contemporary pop tunes. 

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