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Re-Opening Plans for The Music Academy at Salisbury

We have set a target date of January 4, 2021 to begin resuming in-house lessons for The Music Academy at Salisbury. This will most likely be a phased re-entry, with some of our lessons beginning then and some coming in later. It is certainly possible for that date to get pushed back past January if conditions worsen. What we know for now is that we will not be offering on-site lessons for the upcoming fall 2020 semester.

We have encouraged all of our Academy faculty & students to look into remote teaching options for the fall if they have not already done so. Students, we encourage you to stay in touch with your teacher and continue to work through those parameters if possible. 


The purpose of The Music Academy at Salisbury is to provide individual and small group instruction in music to the congregation and the community. The Academy provides a safe, supportive, Christian environment with high-quality instruction. Our mission is to nurture the musical growth of children, youth and adults and enhance their abilities to participate in the musical life of the community.



Joanne taught elementary, public school music for thirty-four years in a variety of locations including South Carolina, Massachusetts, New York and Virginia. She also taught for three years in the R.A.F. Lakenheath Elementary School in England. She received a B.S. in Music Education from the University of Mass.(Lowell), an M.A. in Education from Michigan State University and a Level II Orff Certification from Hofstra University.

Mrs. Sherman taught private piano lessons for many years and has served as a guest conductor for various choirs and festivals. As well as working on several N. Y. State Music Educators’ Assn. committees, she has been a clinician for both General and Choral music conferences and workshops and has participated in organizing District and County festivals. Joanne also serves as Artistic Director for the Joyful Voices Chorus, a community chorus for Singers with Alzheimer’s or dementia and their Caregivers. It has been Joanne’s privilege to serve as Coordinator of The Music Academy at Salisbury since its inception in the fall of 2010.

Private study is currently being offered in clarinet, flute, saxophone, piano, trumpet, organ, voice, violin, viola, cello, guitar and ukulele. Lessons are taught on a weekly basis in 30-, 45- and 60-minute blocks. All lessons take place at Salisbury Presbyterian Church and are offered Monday through Thursday.

Piano and Guitar……………………………6 years – Adult
Voice…………………………………………….12 years – Adult
Organ……………………………………………13 years – Adult     (NOTE: Piano experience is required.)
Strings………………………………………….6 years – Adult


It is important for students to hear other students play/sing. There is also great value in students performing in public. Therefore, each student will be encouraged to attend and play/sing at the end of year recitals and should plan to remain for the entire time. Additional performance opportunities may be offered throughout the semester.

The tuition fee for weekly lessons is as follows:
$30.00 per each 30-minute individual lesson
$45.00 per each 45-minute individual lesson
$60.00 per each 60-minute individual lesson

Tuition covers all lessons, administrative expenses, salaries and recital expenses. Lesson books are not covered by tuition. Our instructors will select individualized lesson materials specifically for each student and the average cost of these books and materials will be approximately $25 per semester.

The lesson schedule for the Academy is largely based on the Chesterfield County school calendar; thus, the number of lessons will vary from year to year and semester to semester. Lessons run from September through mid-May. You may pay a semester’s tuition in full or pay each month by the first of that month. All tuition checks should be made payable to Salisbury Presbyterian Church with a “Music Academy” note in the memo area.

You may make tuition payments in the following two ways:

  • Bring them to the Academy mailbox in the church office or to my drop-box in the Narthex by the first of the month.
  • Mail to:
    Joanne Sherman, Coordinator
    The Music Academy at Salisbury
    Salisbury Presbyterian Church
    13621 W. Salisbury Road
    Midlothian, VA 23113

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