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 advanced levels in all major instruments 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. 

Recitals are held at the end of each semester, with community performance opportunities offered throughout the year. The Conservatory also has several ensemble opportunities, including the Cape Youth Orchestra, the Cape Cod Children's Chorus and CJazz to enhance 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:  $648 / Semester  |  $1,296 / Academic Year
45-minutes:  $872 / Semester  |  $1,744 / Academic Year
60-minutes:  $1,112 / Semester  |  $2,224 / Academic Year
Students and instructors work together to determine the length and frequency of lessons.

To start: Fill out the private lesson inquiry form or give our registrars a call (Barnstable 508.362.2772 | Falmouth 508.540.0611). 
Payment plans and financial aid scholarships are available. 




“I want to make good citizens. If a child hears fine music from the day of his birth and learns to play it himself, he develops sensitivity, discipline, and endurance. He gets a beautiful heart.” ~Shin'ichi Suzuki

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?
•    Parental involvement is integral with the Suzuki method 
•    Suzuki students learn by ear and by rote 
•    Suzuki students may begin at an early age
•    In addition to weekly private lessons, Suzuki students attend 10 group classes per semester 

Suzuki Schedule:
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 our registrars (Barnstable 508.362.2772 or Falmouth 508.540.0611).


Teaching Artist: Joseph Dudzinski
All ages, by invitation. 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 per month, schedule TBD  |  Free!

Group Piano for Adults

Teaching Artist: Chris Morris (Barnstable)  |  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  |  FEB 7-MAY 16  |  Wednesdays, 5-6pm  |   $214 (includes book)  |  Register
Level 2  |  FEB 7-MAY 16  |  Wednesdays, 6-7pm  |   $199  |   Register

Level 1  |  FEB 7-MAY 30  |  Wednesdays, 2:15-3:15pm  |  $214 (includes book)  |  Register

Level 2  |  FEB 7-MAY 30  |  Wednesdays, 3:15-4:15pm  |  $199  |  Register



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 5-MAY 7  |  Mondays, 6-6:30pm  |  $91  |  Register


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 5-MAY 7 | Mondays, 6:30-7:30pm  | $127  |  Register


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 6-MAY 8  |  Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30pm  |  $187  |  Register


Program Director: Bart Weisman
The CJazz program enables teen and adult musicians of all 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.
WINTER SESSION  |  JAN 20-MARCH 10  |  Saturdays, 1:30-2:30pm  |  $158  |  Register
SPRING SESSION  |  MARCH 17-MAY 19  |  Saturdays, 1:30-2:30pm  |  $158  |  Register

WINTER SESSION  |  JAN 16-MARCH 13  |  Tuesdays, 6-7pm  |  $158  |  Register
SPRING SESSION  |  MARCH 20-MAY 15  |  Tuesdays, 6-7pm  |  $158  |  Register

INTRO to Cjazz

Ages 10 - Adult
An introductory CJazz course for students new to jazz improv and ensemble playing.
WINTER SESSION  |  JAN 20-MARCH 10  |  Saturdays,  12:30-1:30pm  |  $158  |  Register
SPRING SESSION  |  MARCH 17-MAY 119  |  Saturdays, 12:30-1:30pm  |  $158  |  Register


Ages 13 - Adult
Teaching Artist: Dr. Alan Clinger
Jazz musician Dr. Alan Clinger leads students on an exploration of jazz improvisation, discussing theory and harmony that is unique to improvising. Students will discover how to shape solos, use dynamics effectively, and employ re-harmonization techniques. We'll also look at how to analyze and interpret songs, make effective performance decisions, and work successfully with an ensemble. This is a FREE class suitable for all instrumentalists! 
WINTER SESSION  |  JAN 20-MARCH 17  |  Saturdays, 2:30-3:30pm  |  Register
SPRING SESSION  |  MARCH 24-MAY 19  |  Saturdays, 2:30-3:30pm  |  Register


C-Rock - Conservatory Rock Band!

Ages 10-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.
JAN 16-MARCH 13  |  Tuesdays, 7-8pm  |  $158  |  Register
MARCH 20-MAY 15  |  Tuesdays, 7-8pm  |  $158  |  Register

JAN 20- MARCH 10  |  Saturdays, 2:30-3:30pm  |  $158  |  Register
MARCH 17, 2018 - MAY 12, 2018  |  Saturdays, 2:30-3:30pm  |  $158  |  Register

Flute Choir

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 30-APR 24 |  Tuesdays, 7-8:30 PM  |  $186 |  Register


Teens & Adults
Teaching Artist:  Mary Sholkovitz

A flute ensemble 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. This class covers 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. Teaching artist Mary Sholkovitz is a certified Suzuki flute teacher and she has performed for Sir James Galway on two occasions.
Falmouth  |  JAN 10-MAR 7  |  Wednesdays, 7-8:15pm  |  $124  |  Register


Conservatory String Ensemble

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 of each session.
Barnstable  |  FEB 5-MAY 21  |  Mondays, 6-7:30pm |  $311  |  Register

Seaside String Ensemble

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.   
|  FEB 6-JUN 5  |  Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30pm  |  $255  |  Register    


Music Appreciation

Teaching Artist: Dr. Stephanie Weaver (Barnstable) & Amber Broderick (Falmouth)

Become acquainted with the world's greatest music and the fascinating composers behind it. Unravel the mysteries behind secret patrons and commissions as we discuss Mozart and Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Brahms, in a friendly, student-centered music classroom. Perfect for the curious listener, critical listening and ear training skills are emphasized throughout the course. The class culminates with a trip to the Music Memory Concert on May 30 featuring the Cape Symphony! This whimsical, Name that Tune-style concert offers great fun to test your music knowledge alongside your classmates. (No pressure; we'll all be seated comfortably in the audience as we mark our answers on score cards.) 

For years, we've sponsored a similar program in elementary schools across the region, so you'll be able to watch the young students participate and discover why it's one of the orchestra's favorite gigs. Tuition includes a CD and handouts
Falmouth  |  MARCH 22-MAY 31  |  Thursdays, 10-11am  |  $130  |  Register 
Barnstable  |  MARCH 22-MAY 31  |  Thursdays, 11:30am-12:30pm  |  $130  |  Register


Falmouth Chorale: The Music

Teaching Artist: Amber Broderick
A dynamic course designed for adults to gain in-depth knowledge of the Falmouth Chorale's spring 2018 program, including Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Falmouth Chamber Players Orchestra.

Insightful biographies of Beethoven, Fauré, and Mendelssohn separate fact from fiction, including contemporary versus modern perceptions. Music reception and criticism, influence of other art forms, and critical listening skills are discussed throughout.  

The engaging social and political events surrounding the music present an exciting historical context for these monumental works, explored through listening examples and original source materials, such as composer letters and 19th-century news articles. Other topics include the rise of choral music and choral culture, Mendelssohn’s revival of Bach’s music, and the myth of the “Beethoven Hero.”

Falmouth  |  FEB 1-MARCH 15  |  Thursdays, 10:30-11:30am  |  $85  |  Register


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.  Family members, 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