Group Classes

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.

Courante Youth Chorus

Singers in Courante Youth Chorus will strengthen their music reading skill, their vocal ability, and contribute to the greater good of their region through music-based service and performance. At least two performances each semester will allow singers to showcase their musical growth to friends, family and the surrounding community.


  • Singers audition for membership. For more information or to arrange an audition, contact Dr. Elizabeth McFarland by email ( or phone (573-986-6735)
  • 3rd through 8th grade
  • Ability to match pitch
  • Demonstrated passion for working toward musical excellence
  • Commitment to attending all rehearsals and performances (missing more than two rehearsals before any concert will make a singer ineligible to perform).


Mondays from 5:00-6:30 PM on the River Campus at Southeast Missouri State University in Room RCS 257-1st rehearsal is Monday, January 28.


TBA at our parent meeting, immediately following the 1st rehearsal, January 28th from 6:30-7:00

About our Artistic Director:

Elizabeth Hogan McFarland has 10 years of experience as a conductor of children's and youth choruses. Dr.McFarland is Assistant Professor of Music Education at Southeast Missouri State University. She is in demand as a choral clinician throughout the country, most recently conducting the North Carolina All-State Elementary Chorus.


Spring 2019 Group Classes

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 (what You remember as the St. Vincent Seminary).

Weekly lesson. Mondays 3:30-4:30 PM. Classes begin January 28.

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.

Instructors: Academy Faculty

Musicianship Classes

See Musicianship Class Roster under Lessons & Classes for days and time assignments.

Instructional Fee(s) for Musicianship Classes is included in the fee for a full semester enrollment in private lessons and voice class. Instructional Fee(s) for Musicianship Class only is $60.00.

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. Musicianship classes without private lessons can be taken for $60. 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. During the spring semester, students use skills learned to compose their own music for possible performance on a spring recital. Classes are taught in a fun atmosphere that encourages students to use their creative abilities. The curriculum is covered in 7 levels, so students are not expected to progress to a new level every year.

Each new student (or returning student who is new to Musicianship Class) will be evaluated at a placement session to determine the most appropriate class according to age and ability. Sessions are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on August 25 and January 15, 2015 in room 201 of the River Campus Seminary Building. First and second grade beginners will automatically be enrolled in the Level 1 class for fall, and do not have to attend the Placement Session. New students in these grades who enroll in January will be evaluated to determine IF an appropriate class is available. Generally, these beginners will wait and begin Musicianship the next fall.

Instructor: Sherrie Troxel


Steve Schaffner

Southeast Music Academy
One University Plaza, MS 7925
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701