Private Music Instruction | All Ages
Private instruction is the core of music education, and the core discipline of the Conservatory. Lessons are offered year-round for children and adults, from beginning through advance levels in all major instruments- keyboards, strings, brass, winds, percussion, guitar and voice. Both Conservatory campuses are set in tranquil, wooded areas and our staff and faculty provide a welcoming, nurturing atmosphere. An expert faculty with a wide range of diverse talents and personalities ensures the best suited student/teacher match. Students have the opportunity to participate in the Achievement Program, a recognized national standard of musical success featuring an effectively sequenced course of study from beginning to advanced levels. Classes are available at both campuses year-round.
Recitals are held at the end of each semester, with community performance opportunities offered throughout the year. The Conservatory also has several adult ensemble opportunities, including String Ensembles, Flute Choir, and our popular CJazz ensembles, enhancing students' musicality and enjoyment. Many of our ensembles perform in a variety of venues within the community.
Tuition varies by instructor. Average rates:
30-minutes: $636 / Semester | $1,272 / Academic Year
45-minutes: $848 / Semester | $1,696 / Academic Year
60-minutes: $1,096 / Semester | $2,192 / Academic Year
Suzuki at the Conservatory!
The Conservatory offers Suzuki-inspired instruction in violin, flute, guitar and piano for students ages four to adult. Pioneer educator Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, who developed this unique teaching method in the 1940s, believed that talent is not inherited, but nurtured by a child's environment. As such, he believed that children learn to play an instrument in much the same way they learn how to speak a language. His method encourages active parental involvement, daily practice and listening assignments and a combination of private lessons and group lessons with students of similar ages and abilities.
How are Suzuki lessons different than traditional lessons?
• Suzuki students learn by ear and by rote
• Suzuki students may begin at an early age
• For youth students, parental involvement is integral with the Suzuki method
• In addition to weekly private lessons, Suzuki students attend 10 group classes per semester
Private Suzuki-inspired lessons adhere to the Conservatory’s fall and spring academic calendar. Group classes are included in the lesson fee.
For additional information and instructor availability, please contact the Registrar at the Barnstable or Falmouth Campus.
Honors Performance Class | All ages, by invitation
Teaching Artist: Joseph Dudzinski
Participants meet monthly to work on the art of performance, to collaborate with their peers, and to become more comfortable and effective in performance situations. Students prepare pieces for performance at various community sites, receive professional and peer coaching, and have the opportunity to earn modest scholarships. A student may be recommended by a teaching artist, Conservatory staff, or suggested by a peer.
Barnstable | One session / month; schedule TBD | By invitation | Free!
Group Guitar for Teens & Adults
Teaching Artist: Joseph Scott
In this introductory course, students will learn the basics of music notation, chords, picking and strumming techniques. Song selections will be chosen from a variety of genres to have fun and promote the best learning environment. Students will be required to provide their own guitar.
Barnstable | FEB 8-JUN 6 | Tuesdays, 7-8pm | $184/12 weeks
Falmouth | FEB 8-MAY 10 | Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30pm | $184/12 weeks
Group Ukulele for Teens & Adults
Teaching Artist: Joseph Scott
There’s a lot of music in a little ukulele! The "world's friendliest instrument" is a great place for students to begin an exploration into string instruments. No experience is necessary; students pick up chords and strumming techniques easily, hearing their own progress after just a class or two. Playing and performing with new friends makes learning even more interactive and relaxed. Students may borrow a ukulele from the Conservatory for class, but should have on at home for practice.
Barnstable | FEB 7-MAY 9 | Tuesdays, 6-7pm | $184/12 weeks
Falmouth | FEB 8-MAY 10 | Wednesdays, 12-1pm | $184/12 weeks
Group Piano for Adult Beginners
Teaching Artists: Chris Morris (Barnstable, Wednesdays), Laurie Uguccioni (Barnstable, Thursdays) & Fred Johnson (Falmouth)
For those who have always wanted to play the piano! Students will learn several simple songs, but more importantly, they will obtain the tools necessary to play for their own enjoyment at any time.
Level 1 | $216 / 12 weeks (includes a piano book)
Level 2 | $196 / 12 weeks
Level 1 | FEB 9-MAY 11 | Thursdays, 6-7pm
Level 2 | FEB 9-MAY 11 | Thursdays, 7-8pm
Level 2 | FEB 8-MAY 10 | Wednesdays, 1-2pm
Level 1 | FEB 8-MAY 10 | Wednesdays, 1-2pm
Level 1 | FEB 8-MAY 10 | Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30pm
Level 2 | FEB 8-MAY 10 | Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30pm
Intro to Violin for Adults
Don’t be one of the many who secretly dreams about playing the violin but thinks it’s simply impossible. With this fun and supportive group class, students will learn to play several simple songs by the end of the session. Instructors will introduce adult students to the fundamentals of violin playing, incorporating Suzuki techniques: Bow & finger technique, basic note reading, rhythm, pitch, dynamics, and more! Violins available to rent at the Conservatory. Music books & chin rests also available for a nominal fee.
Please refer to our summer schedule.
Finding Your Voice
Teaching Artist: Joe Dudzinski
A small, supportive group class for adults who are a looking to begin singing or for a refresher course. Students will develop and improve their singing voice and build confidence in this 30-minute class that precedes the Encore Adult Singers.
Barnstable | FEB 6-MAY 8 | Mondays, 6-6:30pm | 12 weeks | Call to join at a pro-rated tuition: 508.362.2772
Encore Adult Singers
Teaching Artist: Joe Dudzinski
Open to adults who have relative or secure confidence in their singing ability and would like to sing with an ensemble. Along with weekly rehearsals, Encore Adult Singers will occasionally participate in casual public performances. Repertoire selections are diverse and enjoyable.
Barnstable | FEB 6-MAY 8 | Mondays, 6:30-7:30pm | $125/12 weeks | Call to join at a pro-rated tuition: 508.362.2772
Sing the American Standards
Teaching Artist: Fred Johnson
Using songs from the American Songbook, brush up your vocal skills. The class will cover breathing, tone, diction, phrasing and performance skills, while enjoying some of the most beloved American Standards.
Falmouth | FEB 7-MAY 9 | Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30pm | Call to join at a pro-rated tuition: 508.362.2772
CJazz Program ~ Conservatory Jazz Ensembles
Program Director: Bart Weisman
The CJazz program enables musicians of all ages and skill levels a chance to play jazz standards just like professionals on a bandstand. Students will play all styles of jazz (bebop, swing, Latin, 3/4, smooth, and standards). They will become comfortable with improvisation, perform in a recital, and have fun playing America's Classical Music, Jazz!
CJazz ensembles have performed concerts, private events, corporate functions, and even at Governor Baker’s inaugural celebration. Students will perform a recital for family & friends on the final day of each session. Program Director Bart Weisman is a Cape Cod jazz musician, bandleader and concert producer.
Intro to CJazz | Ages 13 - Adult
Teaching Artist: Alan Clinger
An Introductory CJazz course for students new to jazz improv and ensemble playing.
Barnstable | Spring Session | MAR 25-MAY 27 | Saturdays, 12:30-1:30pm | $150/8 weeks | Register
CJazz | Ages 13 - Adult
Directed by Bart Weisman
Barnstable | Spring Session | MAR 25-MAY 27 | Saturdays, 1:30-2:30pm | $155/8 weeks | Register
Falmouth | Spring Session | MAR 28-MAY 23 | Tuesdays, 6-7pm | $155/8 weeks | Register
Jazz Improvisation, Theory and Harmony | Ages 13 - Adult
Teaching Artist: Dr. Alan Clinger
Current and past participants of CJazz - and other interested musicians – may participate free of charge! Students will focus on the concept of jazz improvisation, and explore theory and harmony that is unique to improvising (as compared to the performance of written music). Students will explore how to shape solos, use dynamics effectively, and employ reharmonization techniques, in addition to how to analyze and interpret songs, make effective performance decisions, and work successfully with an ensemble.
Barnstable | FREE Class! | MAR 25–MAY 27 | Saturdays, 2:30pm-3:30pm | Register
C-Rock - Conservatory Rock Band! | Ages 13-Adult
Teaching Artist: Gregg Sullivan
Turn it up! All instruments and singers are welcome in the Conservatory's new Rock Band, directed by Gregg Sullivan formerly of Blood, Sweat & Tears. Students will learn to perform in a band setting, performing all styles of rock music. The session culminates with a performance for family & friends on March 18.
Barnstable | Spring Session | MAR 25-MAY 27 | Saturdays, 2:30-3:30pm | $155/8 weeks | Register
Flute Choir | Adults
Teaching Artist: Mariellen Sears
Flute players will flourish in this ensemble, designed for adults with previous experience. Being part of a wind group offers players a different experience from a mixed ensemble. By focusing on intonation, rhythm, tone and technique, students learn how to blend within the ensemble to create a unique and beautiful sound. End-of-semester performances enhance the learning experience. Instructor Mariellen Sears is a flutist with the Cape Symphony, with over two decades of Flute Choir experience.
Barnstable | JAN 31-MAY 9 | Tuesdays, 7-8:30 PM | $183/10 weeks | Register
Falmouth Flutes | Teens & Adults
Teaching Artist: Mary Sholkovitz
A flute ensemble class for teens (16 & up) and adults—intermediate to advanced proficiency. Members must be able to read music and enjoy playing various parts in the ensemble. Class will cover a wide variety of flute ensemble literature—classical and folk melodies in interesting arrangements, some easy and others more challenging. Members will be given copies of music to review at home during the week.
Instructor Mary Sholkovitz has been teaching flute since 1972. She is a certified Suzuki flute teacher and she has performed for Sir James Galway on two occasions. She has played flute for choral groups throughout the Cape, been a flutist or cellist with ensembles, and finds great joy in performing for church services and weddings. She lives in Falmouth with her husband Edward, a Scientist Emeritus at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
Falmouth | MAR 2-APR 27 | Thursdays, 6:30-7:45pm | $122/8 weeks | Register
Conservatory String Ensemble | Adults
Teaching Artist: Bo Ericsson
An enriching opportunity for adults who have basic facility on a string instrument, who would like to expand their skills through the joy of playing in an ensemble. Weekly rehearsals will be held in a fun, supportive yet structured setting. The diverse repertoire includes Baroque, Renaissance, and contemporary selections. The ensemble will perform a recital for family and friends at the last class session on May 22.
Instructor Bo Ericsson is the principal cellist for the Cape Symphony.
Barnstable | FEB 6-MAY 22 | Mondays, 6-7:30pm | $306/14 weeks | Register
Teaching Artist: Bo Ericsson
Cellists will play ensemble music originally composed or arranged for cello quartets or choirs. Repertoire will come from popular composers as well as lesser-known composers from the Baroque to Romantic eras. This class is best suited for intermediate to advanced cellists. The Cello Choir will culminate with an informal, end-of-semester performance at the Conservatory. Instructor Bo Ericsson is the principal cellist for the Cape Symphony.
Barnstable | FEB 20-JUN 16 | Fridays, 11:45am-12:45pm | $240/16 weeks | Register
Seaside String Ensemble | Adults
Teaching Artist: Lary Chaplan
Students develop technical and rhythmic skills through the ensemble experience, in a low-pressure setting. The group performs a diverse repertoire, including classical music with simplified arrangements, country, folk, and show tunes. Light community performances enhance the learning experience. Students should be able to read music with relative proficiency.
Barnstable | Spring Session | FEB 7-JUN 6 | Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30pm | $250/16 weeks | Register
CULTURAL CARAVAN SERIES
Music Appreciation with a Fun Twist! | Adults
Teaching Artists: Dr. Stephanie Weaver (Barnstable) and Amber Broderick (Falmouth)
A fun and interactive music appreciation course for non-musicians and musicians alike. Through dynamic discussions and multi-media presentations, students will learn about 16 of the world's great composers and their masterpiece works. In the spring, we’ll head to a fun Name That Tune concert with the Cape Symphony Music Memory Orchestra, conducted by Jung-Ho Pak. There’s no pressure to name that tune in front of a live audience, but it is great fun to test your knowledge alongside your classmates. For years, we’ve sponsored a similar program in the school system called Music Memory, so you’ll be able to watch the kids participate firsthand at the concert and see why it’s one of the orchestra’s favorite gigs. Tuition includes a CD and handouts. Music Memory Concert is Wednesday, May 31.
Barnstable | MAR 16--MAY 25 | Thursdays, 11:30am-12:30pm | $128/10 weeks + concert | Register
Falmouth | MAR 13-MAY 22 | Mondays, 11:30am-12:30pm | $128/10 weeks + concert | Register
Music Memory Concert is Wednesday, May 31.
"Kathie and I want to thank you for introducing us to Turandot, via Music Memory [Music Appreciation class]. The beautiful and haunting notes of 'Nessun Dorma,' led us to go to the Metropolitan Opera in New York last Friday night and see Turandot, which we had never seen. It was fabulous..."
The Singer’s Toolbox for Teens and Adults
Teaching Artist: Drusilla Sunderman
This course is a one-on-one setting for singers who are looking to learn how to accompany themselves on the piano. Arrangements can include pop music, folk music, music from the Beatles, Broadway and more. Singers will learn chord structure, key signatures, time signatures and different rhythms. Working with the student’s favorite tunes, students will learn how to accompany while singing at the piano and how to read music. Singers will play a song during the first lesson!
Lessons are offered on Wednesdays & Thursdays at our Barnstable campus. Please contact the Conservatory for details. 508.362.2772
Sing for Joy - A Singing Group for those with Parkinson Disease
Teaching Artist: Joe Dudzinski
Inviting individuals living with Parkinson Disease to join our new singing group, designed to help maintain the health of their voice, build community through singing, and experience hope – and joy – through music. Familymembers, friends, and caregivers are welcome.
Sing for Joy is funded by a grant from the Town of Barnstable Disability Commission and the Parkinson Support Network of Cape Cod / American Parkinson Disease Association. There is no tuition for this class and drop-ins are welcome.
Barnstable | Mondays, 10:30-11:30am | FREE | Register: 508-362-2772
Discover the Conservatory Difference!
As part of the largest arts organizations on Cape Cod, Conservatory students receive a distinct advantage for private music education:
• An expert faculty of New England’s best artist/educators
• Community performance opportunities
• 50% off CSO individual ticket price for students under the age of 18.
• Access to world-class performing artists and concerts through our partnership with the Cape Symphony
• Discounts for families/multiple students
• Discounts for multiple-class registration
• Merit scholarships
• Financial aid for qualified families
• Monthly payment plans
• Above all, joy through the Arts
String Instrument Rentals
The Conservatory offers violin, viola, and cello rentals at affordable rates with excellent customer service. We are here to help students achieve their musical goals! All instruments are set up, adjusted and maintained to the same standards used for professional musicians.
Every rental includes a quality bow and case, along with a repair and general maintenance agreement. We do not impose extra fees or restocking charges. For details, give us a call 508.362.2772.