Are you ready to begin music classes and prefer a group setting? You can do that here.

The study of music is far more than just learning how to sing or play an instrument. It includes the study of history, musical styles, genres and forms, music theory, and much more. The Music Academy offers a variety of classes to anyone interested in learning more about music.

All classes are subject to cancellation if sufficient enrollment is not met. Any group class and/or ensemble may be taken alone or in conjunction with private lessons.

Music Academy Youth Orchestra

Students in Youth Orchestra will strengthen their music reading skill, their technical ability, and become a contributing member of our campus and regional community of artists and musicians. A performance at the end of each semester will allow members to showcase their musical growth and excellence to friends, family, and the surrounding community.


  • Members are currently enrolled in study at the Music Academy. Students should be in (or above) Suzuki Book 3-with exceptions made based on teacher recommendation.
  • Demonstrated passion for working toward musical excellence and proven practice and work ethic.
  • Commitment to attending all rehearsals and performances (missing more than two rehearsals before any concert will make a student ineligible to perform). An 80% Attendance is required to participate in performance unless other arrangements are approved by the
  • Director approval prior to the beginning of the semester 
  • Despite consistant attendance, an unprepared student may be excluded from performance.

Summer 2022

Mondays from 6 - 7 p.m. on the River Campus at Southeast Missouri State University - Dobbins 120
June 27, July 11, July 18 & July 25
CAC 155 during fall semester-RCC 120 during spring semester. First rehearsal is Monday, August 19.


Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 1, 2022 at 2 p.m.

About our Directors

Paula Melton is the lead Suzuki Instructor for the Southeast Missouri Music Academy. She has been a Suzuki Instructor in the Southern Illinois region for over 30 years. Paula is an active performer, teacher and adjudicater in the Southeast Missouri, Southern Illinois and Western Kentucky region.

Steve Schaffner is the director of the Southeast Missouri Music Academy. He is a retired public school orchestra director, having taught 31 years in Augusta, Georgia and Cape Girardeau Public Schools.

Adult Piano Class 

Make music, make friends, and have fun while doing it. It’s not about hitting the right note or being the best-it’s about enjoying the experience, having fun, and picking up some new skills and friends along the way.

Classes are taught in our State of the Art Piano Lab (Room RCS 404) on the Southeast Missouri State University River Campus (formerly St. Vincent Seminary).

Weekly Lesson

Wednesdays 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Classes begin January 22.

Chamber Ensembles

Playing with other musicians in a small ensemble is one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences a musician can have. The Academy invites students playing any instrument at intermediate to advanced levels to coordinate with your private teacher about registering for this class. Ensembles will be created based upon enrollment and will subsequently be assigned to a faculty member for weekly coaching. All ensembles work towards a performance goal. Each member's participation and commitment is crucial to the success of the ensemble. Therefore, every member is required to participate in the final performance. These performances can be at an Academy recital, for a community organization, or for a special event.


Academy Faculty

Musicianship Classes

The Music Academy is proud to be the only community music school in the state of Missouri to include Musicianship Classes in the regular enrollment fee for students in grades 1-12. Our progressive and comprehensive curriculum reinforces the basic skills needed for music study including theory, ear training, sight singing, and the exploration of various composers and styles of music.

Interested in enrolling in the Music Academy?

The enrollment process for entry to the Music Academy is for new and continuing students. Registration is required each semester.

Contact Us
Mailing Address
One University Plaza, MS 7925
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701