private music instruction | All Ages
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 Youth Chorale, CJazz, and C-Rock to enhance students' musicality and enjoyment. Many of our ensembles perform in a variety of venues within the community. New for the 2018 academic year: Private music students are granted free participation in our Cape Youth Orchestra and Cape Youth Chorale programs! Please contact our registrars for full details.
Tuition for private music lessons varies by instructor. Average rates for fall and spring semesters:
30-minutes: $729 / Semester | $1,458/ Academic Year
45-minutes: $981 / Semester | $1,962 / Academic Year
60-minutes: $1,251 / Semester | $2,502 / 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 contact our registrars (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 PROGRAM
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 | Meets quarterly, schedule TBD | Free!
Cape Youth Orchestra Program
Music Directors: Chris Schroeder, David Gable, Caroline Buccino
The Cape Youth Orchestra program brings talented young musicians of all ages and skill levels together to perform under the direction of professional conductors, musicians, and educators. Centered on fostering joy in instrumental and orchestral playing, the youth orchestra provides young musicians with enriching musical experiences that strengthen their musicianship and create lasting memories.
Teaching Artist: Mary George
Students will work with teaching artist Mary George to learn and experience the fundamental concepts of choral singing: breathing, healthy singing, vowel production, and solfege. Young singers will embark on the beginning stages of note-reading, sight-singing & ear-training, discovering more about their voices and how to sing as an ensemble. We will work together as a group to learn exciting music and sing beautiful songs in this supportive, encouraging choir. The choir will participate in an end-of-semester performance for family & friends.
Barnstable | Mondays, 4:15-5pm | SEP 17 - DEC 17 | Tuition $175 | Register
Falmouth | Tuesdays, 4:15-5pm | SEP 18 - DEC 18 | Tuition $175 | Register
CJazz ~ The Conservatory Jazz 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 | Saturdays, 1:30-2:30pm | SEP 15 - NOV 3 | Tuition $160 | Register
Falmouth | Tuesdays, 6-7pm | SEP 18 - NOV 6 | 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 | SEP 15 - NOV 3 | 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 | SEP 15 - NOV 3 | Tuition $160 | Register
Falmouth | Tuesdays, 7-8pm | SEP 18 - NOV 6 | Tuition $160 | 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
SEP 19 - NOV 14 | Register
NOV 28 - JAN 23 | 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 5-7
Wednesdays, 4:15-5pm | SEP 19 - JAN 16 | Tuition $335 | Register
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
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: 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 | Mondays, 1-1:45pm | Tuition $126
SEP 17 - OCT 29 | Register
NOV 5 - DEC 17 | 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
SEP 18 - NOV 13 | Register
NOV 27- JAN 22 | Register
discovering Music: Family Music time
Ages infant - 3 years
Teaching Artists Natalie Sakanian (Barnstable) & Korey Charles (Falmouth)
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 | Tution $75
Ages infant-3 years | Mondays, 2-2:30pm | SEP 17 - OCT 29 | Register
Ages infant-3 years | Mondays, 2-2:30pm | NOV 5 - DEC 17 | Register
Falmouth | Tuition $91
Ages birth-18 mos. | Saturdays, 9:30-10am | SEP 22 - NOV 17 | Register
Ages 18-36 mos. | Saturdays, 10-10:30am | SEP 22 - NOV 17 | Register