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.
“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).
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
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 | JAN 12 - MAR 9 | Tuition FREE | Register
Barnstable | Saturdays, 2:30-3:30pm | MAR 16 - MAY 11 | Tuition 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 | 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
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
A multigenerational ensemble for string students of all ages & skill levels. 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 and show tunes, presenting a concert for family & friends at the end of the semester. 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
Get Ready for Piano
Teaching Artist: Natalie Sakanian
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.
Falmouth | Wednesdays, 1-2pm | Tuition $167
NOV 28 - JAN 23 | Register
Falmouth | Wednesdays, 1-2pm | Tuition $167
FEB 6 - APR 3 | Register
APR 24 - JUN 12 | 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.
Barnstable Ages 8-11
Wednesdays, 5-5:45pm | OCT 10 - JAN 16 | Tuition $335 | Register
Falmouth Ages 5-7
Level 1 | Mondays, 4-4:45pm | SEP 17 - JAN 14 | | Register
Level 2 | Wednesdays, 4-4:45pm | SEP 19 - JAN 16 | Register
Falmouth Ages 8-11
Level 1 | Mondays, 5-5:45pm | SEP 17 - JAN 14 | Register
Level 2 | Wednesdays, 5-5:45pm | SEP 19 - JAN 16 | Register
Barnstable Ages 5-7
Wednesdays, 4:15-5pm | FEB 6 - JUN 5 | Tuition $335 | Register
Barnstable Ages 8-11
Wednesdays, 5-5:45pm | FEB 6 - JUN 5 | Tuition $335 | Register
Falmouth Ages 8-11
Level 2 | Wednesdays, 4-4:45pm | FEB 6 - JUN 5 | Tuition $335 | Register
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.
Barnstable | Mondays, 4:15-5pm | OCT 15 - JAN 14 | Tuition $217 | Register
Teaching Artist: Mary George
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 | Mondays, 1-1:45pm | Tuition $126
NOV 5 - DEC 17 | Register
Barnstable | Mondays, 1-1:45pm
JAN 7 - MAR 4 | Tuition $168 | Register
MAR 11 - APR 22 | Tuition $147 | Register
APR 29 - JUN 10 | Tuition $147 | 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 | Tuesdays, 1-2pm | Tuition $118
NOV 27- JAN 22 | Register
discovering Music: Family Music time
Ages infant - 3 years
A fun morning class for children and their caregivers to sing, move, and play! This research-based, inspiring program is founded on experiencing and learning music in a similar, natural progression to experiencing and 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!
Barnstable | Tuition $75
Ages infant-3 years | Mondays, 9:15-9:45am | NOV 5 - DEC 17 | Register
Falmouth | Tuition $91
Ages 0-18 months | Saturdays, 9:30-10am | FEB 9 - APR 6 | Register
Ages 18 months- 3 years | Saturdays, 10-10:30am | FEB 9 - APR 6 | Register
Ages 0-18 months | Saturdays, 9:30-10am | APR 27 - JUN 16 | Register
Ages 18 months- 3 years | Saturdays, 10-10:30am | APR 27 - JUN 16 | Register