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.
“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).
"Above all, we believe in the beauty and power of choral singing, and its ability to develop confidence, encourage self-discovery, build relationships, and acquire skills that will last a lifetime."
-Artistic Director John Yankee
The Cape Youth Chorale is a dynamic group directed by John Yankee. Students experience the power and joy of choral music while pursuing the highest levels of excellence in vocal training and musicianship. We seek to enrich the lives of each and every student, share our music throughout the region, and build a reputation not only on the Cape but beyond.
Students experience and perform a variety of musical styles and historic periods, including folk, world, popular and classical songs. This is a wonderful opportunity for children to discover and uncover more about themselves and their "natural instrument," while making new friends, joyful music, and terrific memories.
Cape Youth Chorale Ensembles:
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 | JAN 20-MARCH 10 | Saturdays, 1:30-2:30pm | $158 | Register
Falmouth | JAN 16-MARCH 13 | Tuesdays, 6-7pm | $158 | Register
Barnstable | MARCH 17-MAY 12 | Saturdays, 1:30-2:30pm | $158 | Register
Falmouth | 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!
JAN 20-MARCH 10 | Saturdays, 2:30-3:30pm | Register
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, playing all styles of rock music. The session culminates with a performance for family & friends on October 28.
Barnstable | JAN 20-MARCH 10 | Saturdays, 2:30-3:30pm | $158 | Register
Falmouth | JAN 16-MARCH 13 | Tuesdays, 7-8pm | $158 | Register
Barnstable | MARCH 17, 2018 - MAY 12, 2018 | Saturdays, 2:30-3:30pm | $158 | Register
Falmouth | MARCH 13- MAY 8 | Tuesdays, 7-8pm | $158 | 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!
Classes are offered on Wednesdays & Thursdays at our Barnstable campus, class times vary. Please contact the Conservatory for details. 508.362.2772
Get Ready for Piano
Teaching Artist: Kathleen Kanaley
A fun-filled introduction to playing the piano! We will sing, move, and play while learning finger numbers, basic rhythmic patterns, keyboard geography, and active listening. Students will use digital pianos as well as rhythm instruments and iPads to learn about music. At the end of the eight-week course, students will be familiar with the piano and able to play a few fun songs.
Winter Session | FEB 7-APR 4 | Wednesdays, 1-1:45 pm | $145 | Register
Spring Session | APR 11-JUNE 6 | Wednesdays, 1-1:45 pm | $145 | Register
Teaching Artists: Chris Morris (Barnstable) & Rosemarie Manganello (Falmouth)
Group piano classes are the perfect way to explore and experience the joy of music. Students are taught in small groups in a FUN, positive, enthusiastic atmosphere. Piano Explorers emphasizes ear training, keyboard skills, rhythm, phrasing, fingering, singing, staff reading, improvisation, and composition. Our new digital keyboard laboratory is enhanced with iPads to enrich the student experience, exploring a variety of music-technology apps.
Ages 5-7 | FEB 7-JUNE 6 | Wednesdays, 4:15-5pm | $330 | Register
Ages 8-11 | FEB 7-JUNE 6 | Wednesdays, 5-5:45pm | $330 | Register
Ages 5-7 | FEB 5-JUNE 11 | Mondays, 4-4:45pm | Register
Ages 8-10 | FEB 7-JUNE 13 | Wednesdays, 4-4:45pm | Register
Teaching Artist: Dan Flonta
This class is designed for students who have graduated from the Cape Conservatory Preschool Suzuki Violin program. The structure is similar to the Suzuki Preschool class - 15 minutes private lessons for each student and group classes each month. The class will have the opportunity to be involved to participate in the advanced Suzuki violin group class as well as two studio recitals.
Barnstable | MARCH 3-JUNE 2 | Saturdays, 9:15-10am | $240 | Register
Teaching Artist: Gregg Sullivan
An introductory group guitar course designed for youth students looking to learn the basics of music notation, chords, picking and strumming techniques. Song selections will be chosen from a variety of genres in order to promote the best learning environment. Students will be required to provide their own guitar. Call us at 508.362.2772 for more information!
Barnstable | FEB 5-JUNE 11 | Mondays, 4:30-5:15pm | $244 | Register
Discovering Music (Family Music Time)
Ages: Infants & Toddlers up to 36 months
Teaching Artist: Christy King
A fun morning class for children and their caregivers to sing, move, and play! This research-based, inspiring program is founded on experiencing & learning music in a similar, natural progression to experiencing & learning language. Children will play, sings songs, and move to the music in an encouraging and inspiring environment with the joy of their caregivers making music with them, and the support of the teaching artist. This rich musical setting will serve as a platform for music-making at home, providing song and game ideas for parents to use with their children to guide them in developing a love and an “ear” for music at a young age!
FALL SESSION: New students welcome to join the class in session. Call the registrar for pro-rated tuition.
Barnstable | NOV 13-JAN 29 | Mondays, 9-9:30am | $90
Falmouth | NOV 7-JAN 9 | Tuesdays, 9-9:30am | $90
Barnstable | FEB 5-APR 2 | Mondays, 9-9:30am | $72 | Register
Falmouth | FEB 6-APR 3 | Tuesdays, 9-9:30am | $72 | Register
Barnstable | APR 23-JUN 11 | Mondays, 9-9:30am | $63 | Register
Falmouth | APR 10-JUN 5 | Tuesdays, 9-9:30am | $72 | Register
Teaching Artist: Kathleen Kanaley
A fun, hands-on music class for preschoolers! Each eight-week session will introduce students to new instruments, musical concepts, basic musical notation, and significant musical works of various genres, through a variety of movement activities, games, and songs. Music will be used to teach participants different social pragmatics and to develop important critical listening skills. Students will also develop their singing voices, sense of rhythm, and use musical technology to further ear training and overall music development.
Falmouth | FEB 6-APR 3 | Tuesdays, 1-2pm | $116 | Register
Teaching Artist: Natalie Sakanian
In this fun-filled introduction to music for preschoolers, students will experience the joy of music while developing a foundation for future studies. Guided by their warm and nurturing instructor, they will explore rhythmic activities, solfège (a method used to teach pitch and sight singing), movement, ear training and music reading skills. Students will work towards learning simple melodies that will prepare them for participation in our piano and chorus programs.
Barnstable | JAN 5-FEB 16 | Fridays, 1-1:45pm | Register