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Music Preparatory Division

Oakland University’s Music Preparatory Division offers the expertise, commitment and vibrant energy of a university music department to anyone who wants to explore the world of music through performing with musical understanding.

The Music Prep Division serves music learners of all ages, including:
  • pre-school and elementary-age children
  • middle school and high school students
  • adults of all ages
  • students seeking serious preparation for college careers
  • learners who are simply seeking to learn more about music to enhance their lives.
Music Prep offers experiences that foster learning success and a lifelong love of music. Classes are offered on our Rochester campus, at OU Macomb in Clinton Township, and at West Hills Middle School in Bloomfield Hill.

Private Lessons in Instruments and Voice for All Ages

Weekly one-on-one 30, 45 or 60-minute lessons in the following instruments:

  Jazz Saxophone 
    Guitar  Trumpet   Double Bass    
   French Horn   Jazz Bass
  Trombone   Jazz Percussion    
  Jazz Piano    

In each 13-week semester, two performance opportunities are offered as goal-setting encouragements to maximize potential musical achievements, regardless of age.

Blue Birds (ages 18 months to 3 years)
A lively, movement-based class for toddlers and a caregiver to sing, laugh, bounce, dance, play instruments and create music together. Join us as we engage in a wide range of music and musical experience, building on what children already know to explore new musical worlds. Provides a strong basis for future musical study and for enjoying music in life!
Tuesdays 12:45 - 1:30 pm

Robins (ages 3 1⁄2 to 5 years)
An opportunity for children to explore music from around the world, developing their natural curiosity about music in a playful, encouraging environment. Join us as we explore music from around the world through singing, listening, moving, dancing, drumming, playing instruments and learning authentic musical games.

Lowry After-School Class (for children attending Lowry Center for Early Childhood)
A 30-minute version of our regular Blue Birds and Robins classes for children right after their Lowry classes, with the same focus of learning and enjoying music in a meaningful way.
Mondays 4:00 - 4:30 pm or
Tuesdays 12:00 - 12:30 pm

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Beginning Piano (ages 4 to 7 years)
Small-group classes that encourage peer-supported, collaborative learning, where two classes (children ages 4-5, and ages 6-7) problem-solve together under a teacher’s guidance so that a solid musical foundation is built through exciting and engaging experiences for strong musical understanding. Students benefit from building experiences together that lay the groundwork for more advanced musical study and for a lifetime of valuing and enjoying music.
Tuesdays 5:30-6:15: 4-5 yr
Tuesdays 6:15-7:00: 6-7 yr

Beginning Piano (2nd semester)
A second semester of the Beginning Piano class for students who would like to continue their start in piano-learning in a group setting, where new material is covered in the same peer-supported environment.

Collaborative Piano (7 years+)
A continued class of Beginning Piano for students who enjoy furthering their piano studies in a peer-supported group setting. This class is intended to be taken after at least one semester of Beginning Piano.

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Elementary Chorus (8 years+)
Opportunity for young students who enjoy singing. Their natural love of singing is nurtured in a manner that respects their ongoing vocal cord development and encourages learning as a social process. Vocal technique is taught in an age-appropriate approach to ensure good vocal use as they develop their love of singing.
Thursdays 6:15-7:00

Rock Band (grades 6-8)
A class for middle-school, intermediate musicians looking for an ensemble experience. This hands-on course will give students an outlet to play their instrument while learning how to jam with other musicians. The band will first learn a few classic rock and blues songs chosen by the instructor. The students will then decide on one or two other songs they would like to perform. Guitar, piano, drums and bass students are welcome to sign up. Other interested instrumentalists and vocalists, please contact us! When possible, the class will culminate with a performance.
Saturdays 11:00-noon

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Beginning Music Theory (grades 6+)
Knowledge of music theory is essential for all musicians. This class will teach students the basic building blocks of music. Students will sing and spell intervals, scales and chords, as well as learn about key signatures, rhythmic notation in simple and compound meters, and figured bass notation. Students will also learn to analyze music using Roman numerals, and hear and analyze basic musical forms. Throughout, students will reinforce their new knowledge by developing aural skills. This course is an excellent preparatory class for college theory courses.
Thursdays 6:00-7:00

College Preparatory Music Theory (grades 9+)
Group class designed for high school students interested in taking music theory courses at the collegiate level. This course will give students a solid foundation to succeed in college music courses as well as music theory placement exams that are typically administered to incoming freshmen by most collegiate music programs. Students may also use this course to prepare for the AP Music Theory exam offered each May. Topics covered include key signatures, intervals, triads, Roman numeral analysis, sight-singing, melodic dictation and music analytical skills.
Thursdays 5:00-6:00

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For more information:
Bibianne Yu
(248) 370-2034

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