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 | FEB 4 - MAY 20 | Tuition $175 | Register
Falmouth | Tuesdays, 4:15-5pm | FEB 5 - MAY 21 | Tuition $163 | Register
youth group voice lessons
Teaching Artist: Mary George
Young singers will have the opportunity to develop their growing voices! We will explore proper breath technique, ear training, sight reading, development of rhythmic sensibilities, and lots of engaging vocal repertoire. Students will grow their critical listening skills and learn to work as a team. There will be several informal opportunities for performance!
Barnstable | Mondays, 5-5:45pm | FEB 4 - MAY 6 | Tuition $167.50 | Register
Ages 7 through Adult
Teaching Artist: Kyle Spraker
Beginner trumpet and trombone class. Many people believe that playing an instrument requires some kind of special or rare talent, but the Brass program at Cape Conservatory is all about breaking down those barriers. ANYONE can play a brass instrument! The process of creating sounds on a trumpet, trombone, horn, or tuba is a challenging and fun experience that everyone should have the opportunity to try. Through breathing exercises, singing, muscle training, and plenty of humor, we have the opportunity to open a door to music that otherwise may have been left unexplored. Parents are encouraged to enroll and participate in this class (especially if enrolling very young children). Instruments will be provided for this class, but students are encouraged to invest in an instrument for practice at home. Plastic Trumpets (Allora) and Trombones (pBone) are a fantastic and low-cost ($100) place to start!
Falmouth | Saturdays, 10-10:30am | FEB 9 - APR 13 | Tuition $167 | Register
Barnstable | Saturdays, 10-10:30am | APR 27 - JUN 15 | Tuition $167 | Register
Ages 10 through Adult (age requirement is flexible; at least 2 years playing experience recommended)
Teaching Artist: Kyle Spraker
Intermediate/Advanced trumpet, trombone, horn, tuba, and euphonium class. Students in this class will be challenged to learn the "way of the brass" by exploring various methods of brass pedagogy: Stamp, Caruso, Cichowicz, Schlossburg, Arban, Clarke, and more. These young padawans will build their technique so that they are capable of performing more challenging music and work together as a team in ways that will vastly improve each player's musicianship. Repertoire will be based on the level of the collective ensemble, but always with
the goal of lifting our newest players up!
Falmouth | Saturdays, 11-11:45am | FEB 9 - APR 13 | Tuition $198 | Register
Barnstable | Saturdays, 11-11:45am | APR 27 - JUN 15 | Tuition $198 | 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 | 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 - APR 30 | 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 | Tuition: Free
JAN 12 - MAR 9 | Register
MAR 16 - MAY 11 | 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 - APR 30 | Tuition $160 | 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 (Barnstable) and Kathleen Kanaley (Falmouth)
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
FEB 6 - APR 3 | Register
APR 24 - JUN 12 | Register
Barnstable | Mondays, 1-1:45pm
JAN 7 - MAR 4 | Tuition $167 | Register
MAR 11 - APR 29 | Tuition $167 | Register
MAY 6 - JUN 10 | Tuition $167 | 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 | Wednesdays, 4:15-5pm | FEB 6 - JUN 5 | Tuition $335 | Register
Ages 8-11 | Wednesdays, 5-5:45pm | FEB 6 - JUN 5 | Tuition $335 | Register
Ages 5-7 | Mondays, 4:15-5pm | FEB 4 - June 3 | Tuition $335 | Register
Ages 8-11 (Level 2) | Wednesdays, 4-4:45pm | FEB 6 - JUN 5 | Tuition $335 | 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
Winter | FEB 5 - APR 2 | Register
Spring | APR 23 - JUNE 11 | Register
discovering Music: Family Music time
Ages infant - 3 years
Teaching Artist: Korey Charles
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!
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