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 make music as a community. 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. 

Mixed-Age

Mixed-Age

Saturdays 9:00-9:45 AM
Instructor: Kristen Topham
Fee: $120 per family (includes 8 weeks of class)

Class Meets
August 27
September 3, 10, 17
October 1, 15, 22, 29

Class will meet INDOORS this semester. Masks optional.

Music Together art & logo design copyright ©1992-2017 Music Together LLC.  Music Together is a registered trademark.  The Longwood Center for Community Music is licensed by Music Together LLC.


Piano for Young Beginners | Fall 2022

Students ages 5-6 (Kindergarten and first grades)

Each week students will experience the fundamentals of music through movement, song, and drumming. Students will explore the sounds and beginning techniques of piano playing.

Class begins the week of August 22

Tuesdays 5:30-6:15 PM

Instructor: Kristen Topham

Fee: $150 or 2 payments of $75—10 weeks of class


Group Piano Level 1

Ages 7-9 (1st and 2nd grade)

Class meets weekly as a group for 1 hour to explore the fundamentals of piano playing through interactive learning and performances. Students will also meet individually with a private teacher to reinforce concepts and establish a practicing routine.  

Instructor: Kristen Topham

Class begins the week of August 22

Thursdays 5:30-6:30 PM
20 group classes and 20 private lessons
Fee: $600

Students will need a piano or keyboard at home, and will need to commit to a daily practicing routine.

Rent a Keyboard: Contact Kristen Topham at tophamk@longwood.edu 


Private Piano Lessons; 30-minutes

Age 8+

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. 

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 at 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: $500 (20 weeks)

Materials Fee: $40 (individual book purchase)
Payments: 1 payment of $500 or 8 payments of $65

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


Private String Lessons

Beginner & Intermediate

For All Ages!

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

​Class begins the week of August 29

Beginner Lessons; weekly 30-minute lessons
Fee: $480 (24 weeks)
Materials fee: $40 (individual book purchase)
Payments: 1 payment of $480 or 8 payments of $60

Intermediate Lessons: weekly 45-minute lessons
Fee: $720 (24 weeks)
Materials fee: $40 (individual book purchase)
Payments: 1 payment of $720 or 8 payments of $90

Instructor: Lauretta Werner

Instrument rentals: Please contact Lauretta Werner wernerlm@longwood.edu. Students will need to provide their own instruments.

 


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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