Department of Music, Theatre
and Dance
Varner Hall, Room 207
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
Academic Office: (248) 370-2030
Box Office: (248) 370-3013
Fax: (248) 370-2041

For more information:
Elizabeth Medvinsky
(248) 370-2034

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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 in voice and all instruments in Varner Hall on our Rochester Hills campus. Voice lessons are also offered at West Hills Middle School in Bloomfield Hills.

Private Lessons in Instruments and Voice for All Ages

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

Instruments Oboe Violin Jazz Saxophone 
   Piano   Bassoon Viola  
  Voice Saxophone Cello  
  Guitar  Trumpet Double Bass  
  Percussion  French Horn Jazz Bass  
  Flute Trombone Jazz Percussion  
  Clarinet Euphonium Jazz Piano  
  Carillon  Tuba Jazz Guitar   

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

Oakland University’s highest priority in providing exemplary academic, athletic and social programs for youth is protecting the health, safety and welfare of all participants. Please see  for detailed information.
Special Programs

Summer Guitar Orchestra
Six Saturdays: June 24 - July 29, 2017
2 - 3 p.m. in Varner Hall, Room 134
Click to download the informational flyer.
To register, click here!  For questions, contact

Summer Music Camp for Young Children
June 26 - 30, 2017 (ages 4-6)
July 10 - 14, 2017 (ages 6-8)
9 a.m. - Noon in the Lowry Center at Oakland University
Click to download the informational flyer.
To register, click here!  For questions, contact

Summer Music Theory Classes
Seven Weeks  |  July 11 - August 22, 2017
Beginning Music Theory
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 - 11:45 a.m. 
College Prep Theory/Aural Skills 
Tuesdays from 12 - 1:30 p.m. 
Adult Beginning Theory 
Tuesdays from 2 - 3 p.m. 

Registration link coming soon!  For questions, contact

Early Childhood
Lowry School-Day Class (for children attending Lowry Center for Early Childhood)
A lively, movement-based class for children to sing, laugh, bounce, dance, play instruments and create music together.  Join us as we engage in a wide range of music and musical experiences, 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!  These 30-minute classes are for children already attending the Lowry program, with the focus of learning and enjoying music in a meaningful way. 

Tuesdays noon-12:30
Thursdays 4-4:30
Lowry Atrium

$156 for 13 weeks
Group Piano for Young Beginners (5 - 6 yr)
Take the right first step for your child's experience in piano!  This small group class builds a foundation a musical understanding and coordination that prepares young children for successful piano study.  Experiences in this enjoyable, peer-supported setting foster more productive progress in private lessons, once the learner is ready to make the transition.  
10:00-10:45 6-7yr (returning students)
11:00-11:45 5-6yr (returning students)
5:30-6:15 5-6yr (NEW students)
$247 for 13 weeks
Music Theory &
College Prep
Beginning Music Theory 
Must have an understanding of the following:
  • All pitch names in treble and bass clefs
  • All major and minor keys and key signatures
  • All major and minor scales (natural, harmonic, melodic)
  • All note and rest values
Course description:
In this course we will establish a solid foundational understanding of music, including intervals, triads and seventh chords in all positions, and simple and compound meter using notation practice and analysis.  We will also engage the ear by performance of rhythms (using Takadimi and conducting) and melodies (using solfege and conducting.)  The course will culminate in a final analysis project which will be presented to the class.

Tuesdays 5:30-6:30 p.m.
$312 for 13 weekly classes

Intermediate Music Theory 
Beginning Music Theory or by placement.

Course description:
In this course we will use the foundational musical understanding established in Beginning Music Theory to explore harmonic progression and voice leading with Roman numeral analysis, figured bass, harmonic progression, and basic part-writing using diatonic triads.  We will continue to engage the ear with performance and analysis.  The course will culminate with a final composition project.

Tuesdays 6:30-7:30 p.m.
$312 for 13 weekly classes

College Prep Music Theory 
Beginning Music Theory and Intermediate Music Theory or by placement.

Course description:
This course is designed to prepare the student for the theory placement exam in a college music program.  The course will cover part-writing using diatonic seventh chords, secondary function, harmonic sequences, and basic form including binary and ternary.  The course will culminate in a final analysis project and presentation.

$312 for 13 weekly classes