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. 



“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 quarter, 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.

New sessions begin in February 2019. Join our email list to receive advance notice of registration. 


Finding Your Voice

Teaching Artist: Joe Dudzinski(Barnstable) | Fred Johnson(Falmouth)
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).

Barnstable | Mondays, 5:30-6:30pm  |  FEB 4 - MAY 6  |  Tuition $129  |  Register
Falmouth  | Tuesdays, 6-6:30pm  |  FEB 5 - MAY 7  |  Tuition $93  |  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 | 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  
New session begins in February 2019. Join our email list to receive advance notice. 


Ages 10-Adults
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  |  JAN 12-MAR 9  |  Tuition $160  |  Register
Falmouth  |  Tuesdays, 6-7pm  |  JAN 8-MAR 5  |  Tuition $160  |  Register

Barnstable  |  Saturdays, 1:30-2:30pm  |  MAR 16- MAY 11  |  Tuition $160  |  Register
Falmouth  |  Tuesdays, 6-7pm  |  MAR 12 - MAY 7 |  Tuition $160  |  Register


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  |  JAN 12-MAR 9  |  Tuition FREE  |  Register


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, playing all styles of rock music. The session culminates with a performance for family & friends.
Barnstable  |  Saturdays, 2:30-3:30pm  |  JAN 12-MAR 9  |  Tuition $160  |  Register
Falmouth  |  Tuesdays, 7-8pm  |  JAN 8-MAR 5  |  Tuition $160  |  Register

Barnstable  |  Saturdays, 2:30-3:30pm  |  MAR 16- MAY 11  |  Tuition $160  |  Register
Falmouth  |  Tuesdays, 7-8pm  |  MAR 12 - MAY 7  |  Tuition $160  |  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  |  Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm  |  JAN 29 - MAY 14  |  Register

Falmouth Flutes

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 6-MAR 20  |  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.
Barnstable  |  Ages 15+  |  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  |  Ages 10+  |  Tuesday 5:30-6:30pm  |  FEB 5 - MAY 4 |  Tuition: $259  |  Register


Falmouth Chorale: On Earth, Peace

Teaching Artist: Amber Broderick
A dynamic course designed for adults to gain in-depth knowledge of the Falmouth Chorale's holiday 2018 program.  The Falmouth Chorale presents two incredible works this holiday season, Camille Saint-Saëns’ Oratorio de Noël and Ralph Vaughn-Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols. Designed for community members and Chorale vocalists, music historian Amber Broderick will share the dynamic stories behind the composers, the events surrounding the pieces, and how to listen like a professional musician. In this two-part series, students will learn the English folk tunes in Vaughn-Williams Fantasia and how to identify the musical themes in all of the works, greatly enhancing the experience as a listener or performer.
Falmouth  Mondays, 10:30-11:30am |  NOV 19 & 26  |  Tuition $30 |  Register

music appreciation: "A 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  |  Mondays, 11:30am-12:30pm  |  JAN 7-FEB 11  |  Tuition $84  |   Register
(no class Jan. 21)


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 here or phone 508-362-2772
The Conservatory will be closed on Monday, November 12 (Veteran's Day observed)



Music Appreciation: music memory 

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 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  |  Register
Last class is May 23; Music Memory concert is Thursday, May 29

Falmouth  |  Wednesdays, 10:30 - 11:30am  |  MARCH 27 - MAY 29  |  Register