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.
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 month, schedule TBD | Free!
Group Ukulele for Adults
Ages 18 & up
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 one at home for practice.
Barnstable | OCT 24-JAN 9 | Tuesdays, 6:15-7:15pm | $187 | Register
Group Piano for Adults
Teaching Artist: Stephanie Weaver (Wednesdays/Barnstable) & Laurie Uguccioni (Thursdays/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 | SEP 13-DEC 6 | Wednesdays, 5-6pm | $214 (includes book) | Register
Level 2 | SEP 12-OCT 19 | Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:30-5:30pm | $199 | Register
Level 3 | SEP 13-DEC 6 | Wednesdays, 6-7pm | $199 | Register
Level 1 | SEP 14-DEC 7 | Thursdays, 5:30-6:30pm | $214 (includes book) | Register
Level 2 | SEP 14-DEC 7 | Thursdays, 6:30-7:30pm | $199 | Register
Level 2 | SEP 13-DEC 6 | Wednesdays, 2-3pm | $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 | SEP 11-DEC 4 | 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 | SEP 11-DEC 4 | 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 performanceskills, while enjoying some of the most beloved American Standards.
Falmouth | SEP 12-DEC 5 | Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30pm | $187 | Register
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 | WINTER SESSION | JAN 20-MARCH 10 | Saturdays, 1:30-2:30pm | $158 | Register
Falmouth | WINTER SESSION | JAN 16-MARCH 13 | Tuesdays, 6-7pm | $158 | Register
Barnstable | SPRING SESSION | MARCH 17-MAY 12 | Saturdays, 1:30-2:30pm | $158 | Register
Falmouth | SPRING SESSION | MARCH 20-MAY 15 | Tuesdays, 6-7pm | $158 | 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 to all intrumentalists!
Barnstable | JAN 20-MARCH 10 | Saturdays, 2:30-3:30pm | Register
Barnstable | MARCH 17-MAY 12 | Saturdays, 2:30-3:30pm | 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, performing all styles of rock music. The session culminates with a performance for family & friends.
Falmouth | JAN 16, 2018 - MARCH 13, 2018 | Tuesdays, 7-8pm | $158 | Register
Barnstable | JAN 20, 2018 - MARCH 10, 2018 | Saturdays, 2:30-3:30pm | $158 | Register
Barnstable | MARCH 17, 2018 - MAY 12, 2018 | Saturdays, 2:30-3:30pm | $158 | 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 | SEP 19-NOV 21 | Tuesdays, 7-8:30 PM | $186 | Register
Barnstable | JAN 30-APR 24 | Tuesdays, 7-8:30 PM | $186 | Register
Teens & Adults
Teaching Artist: Mary Sholkovitz
Inviting flutists ages 16 and older to join our holiday ensemble! We’ll perform flute ensemble arrangements of holiday music, including duets, trios, quartets and some arrangements with alto and bass flutes. This is a fine way to get back into playing if your flute has been idle awhile, or to enhance your current practice regimen. Come to meet other flutists and enjoy playing mostly familiar music together.This class suitable for intermediate to advanced players with some band/ensemble experience. Flutists should be comfortable playing in keys with up to three sharps and flats and have a basic sense of rhythm notation.
Falmouth | OCT 25-DEC 20 | 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 | FALL SESSION | SEP 11-JAN 22 | Mondays, 6-7:30pm | $355 | Register (There's still time to enroll at a pro-rated discount.)
Barnstable | SPRING SESSION | 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.
Barnstable | SEP 12-JAN 2 | Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30pm | $255 | Register
Teaching Artist: Amber Broderick
A 12-week chronological survey of the major musical periods from the Renaissance to the Modern era. Learn about major composers as never before, as ordinary people behind extraordinary music and myth. 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. Topics include: women in music, political influences on music, and dismantling the “composer as hero” myth.
Falmouth | SEP 13-DEC 13 | Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30am | $156 | Register
"Night at the Symphony"
Teaching Artist: Amber Broderick
Have you ever wished you could follow the musical structure of the symphony like a trained professional? This in-depth course focuses exclusively on the symphony, from its earliest conception in the early 1700s, its zenith in the Romantic era, to the subsequent “death” of the symphony in the 20th century. The symphonic genre is epitomized by the works of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven, who blazed a path for later innovators like Berlioz, Liszt, and Brahms. Learn about the internal mechanisms and power structures of an orchestra, such as the conductor/musician relationship, rehearsals, and the life of a professional musician. This course includes ear training and critical listening, instrument identification, keys and classical forms.
Falmouth | SEP 28-DEC 21 | Thursdays, 6-7pm | $156 | Registration closed; look for a new music appreciation session in Spring 2018
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