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 for the Fall & Spring Semesters:
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.
SUZUKI AT THE CONSERVATORY
“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
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).
HONORS PERFORMANCE CLASS
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 quarter, schedule TBD | Free!
intro to 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.
Course music books are available for $18.
Barnstable | FEB 6 - MAY 8 | Wednesdays, 2:15 - 3:15pm | $202 | FULL
Falmouth | FEB 5 - May 7 | Tuesdays, 5-6pm | $202 | Register
Falmouth | FEB 6 - MAY 8 | Wednesdays, 12-1pm | $202 | Register
Barnstable | FEB 6 - MAY 8 | Wednesdays, 3:15 - 4:15pm | $202 | Register
Falmouth | FEB 6 - MAY 8 | Wednesdays, 6-7pm | $202 | Register
Youth & Adult
Teaching Artist: Kyle Spraker
Beginner trumpet and trombone class. Many people believe that playing an instrument requires some kind of special or rare talent, but the Brass program at Cape Conservatory is all about breaking down those barriers. ANYONE can play a brass instrument! The process of creating sounds on a trumpet, trombone, horn, or tuba is a challenging and fun experience that everyone should have the opportunity to try. Through breathing exercises, singing, muscle training, and plenty of humor, we have the opportunity to open a door to music that otherwise may have been left unexplored. Parents are encouraged to enroll and participate in this class (especially if enrolling very young children). Instruments will be provided for this class, but students are encouraged to invest in an instrument for practice at home. Plastic Trumpets (Allora) and Trombones (pBone) are a fantastic and low-cost ($100) place to start!
Falmouth | Saturdays, 10-10:30am | FEB 9 - APR 13 | FREE! | Register
Barnstable | Saturdays, 10-10:30am | APR 27 - JUN 15 | FREE! | Register
Youth & Adult (age requirement is flexible; at least 2 years playing experience recommended)
Teaching Artist: Kyle Spraker
Intermediate/Advanced trumpet, trombone, horn, tuba, and euphonium class. Students in this class will be challenged to learn the "way of the brass" by exploring various methods of brass pedagogy: Stamp, Caruso, Cichowicz, Schlossburg, Arban, Clarke, and more. These young padawans will build their technique so that they are capable of performing more challenging music and work together as a team in ways that will vastly improve each player's musicianship. Repertoire will be based on the level of the collective ensemble, but always with
the goal of lifting our newest players up!
Falmouth | Saturdays, 11-11:45am | FEB 9 - APR 13 | Tuition $198 | Register
Barnstable | Saturdays, 11-11:45am | APR 27 - JUN 15 | Tuition $198 | Register
Finding Your Voice
Teaching Artist: Joseph Dudzinski (Barnstable) | Fred Johnson (Falmouth)
A small, supportive group class for adults who are 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).
Barnstable | Mondays, 5:30-6:30pm | FEB 4 - MAY 6 | Tuition $129 | Register
Encore Adult Singers
Teaching Artist: Joseph 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 | Mondays, 6:30-7:30pm | FEB 4 - MAY 6 | Tuition $129 | 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 | Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30pm | FEB 5 - MAY 7 | $190 | Register
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 vocal strength, build community through singing, and experience hope – and joy – through music. Family members, friends, caregivers, and all who love to sing are welcome.
Sing for Joy is funded by a grant from the Parkinson Support Network of Cape Cod / American Parkinson Disease Association. There is no tuition for this class and drop-ins are welcome.
Barnstable Senior Center | Tuesdays, 11 AM - 12 PM | FREE | Phone 508-362-2772
The Singer’s Toolbox for Teens & 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 to schedule: 508.362.2772
CJAZZ ~ THE CONSERVATORY JAZZ ENSEMBLES
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.
Barnstable | Saturdays, 1:30-2:30pm | MAR 16 - MAY 11 | Tuition $160 | Register
Falmouth | Tuesdays, 6-7pm | MAR 12 - APR 30 | Tuition $160 | Register
JAZZ IMPROVISATION, THEORY, AND HARMONY
Ages 13 - Adult
Teaching Artist: Dr. Alan Clinger
Jazz musician Dr. Alan Clinger will lead 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!
Barnstable | Saturdays, 2:30-3:30pm
MAR 16 - MAY 11 | FREE | Register
C-ROCK - CONSERVATORY ROCK BAND!
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, playing all styles of rock music. The session culminates with a performance for family & friends.
Barnstable | Saturdays, 2:30-3:30pm | MAR 16 - MAY 11 | Tuition $160 | Register
Falmouth | Tuesdays, 7-8pm | MAR 12 - APR 30 | Tuition $160 | Register
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 | Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm | JAN 29 - MAY 14 | $189 | Register
Teens & Adults
Teaching Artist: Mary Sholkovitz
This flute ensemble class is for teens (16 and older) and adults who are at an intermediate to advanced level of playing, can read music and count reasonably well! Classical and folk music arranged for duets, trios, quartets, and flute choir (includes alto and bass flute parts) will be explored. Members will be given copies of music to review at home between classes. This class provides an opportunity to meet other congenial and enthusiastic flute players, whether you are currently an active flutist or someone who wants to get back to playing after a long or short break.
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.
Falmouth | Wednesdays, 7-8:15pm | FEB 27 - APR 17 | Tuition $126 | 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 on May 20.
Barnstable | Mondays, 6-7:30pm | FEB 4 - MAY 20 | Tuition: $315 | 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.
Barnstable | Tuesday 5:30-6:30pm | FEB 5 - MAY 4 | Tuition: $259 | Register
Music Appreciation: music memory
Teaching Artist: Stephanie Weaver, DMA (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 29 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 scorecards.)
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.
Barnstable | Thursdays, 11:30am - 12:30pm | MARCH 14 - MAY 23 | $130 | Register
Last class is May 23; Music Memory concert is Thursday, May 29
Falmouth | Wednesdays, 11:30am - 12:45pm | MARCH 27 - MAY 29 | $130 | Register
music appreciation: Mozart's Requiem
Teaching Artist: Amber Broderick
Mozart’s Requiem Mass has fascinated musicians and scholars since his unexpected death in 1791, at the age of 35. This two-part music lecture series investigates the myth and mystery behind this beloved composition. Tales of a mysterious commission, premonitions of composing his own death mass, and hauntingly beautiful music generate centuries of story-telling and speculation. Unpack the truth of the Requiem with music historian Amber Broderick and enhance your understanding of this landmark Classical achievement. Topics include: how to listen to the mass, exploring the various completions, how Mozart’s family survived his passing, and how the Requiem has remained a perennial favorite for over 200 years. (The Falmouth Chorale will present Mozart's Requiem on March 16 & 17. We encourage you to participate in the course, then attend the concert! Concert details)
Falmouth | Friday, 2-3:30pm | March 8 | $25 | Register: 508-540-0611