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Private music Lessons

All Ages
Private instruction is the core of music education and the core discipline of the Conservatory. Summer lessons are offered from July 2 through August 25 for children and adults, from beginning through advanced levels in all major instruments.  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. For more details, please fill out our inquiry form, or contact our campus registrars during normal business hours: 
Barnstable  508-362-2772  |  Falmouth  508-540-0611


Directed by Bart Weisman & Gregg Sullivan
Join the ultimate band on Cape Cod, Summer Sounds! Founded in 2010, hundreds of budding musicians have participated in this inspiring program. Student musicians enjoy week-long sessions in rock and jazz bands. Throughout the week, students receive instruction from an all-star faculty, developing as musicians and ensemble players. Special events include guest artists and master classes with the pros, including voice instruction with John Yankee (Falmouth) and Marcia Wytrwal (Barnstable). Students will dial-in their stage performance with a concert for family and friends at the end of the session. The only experience necessary is two school-years on your instrument of choice. 

~ Inspiring program for near-beginners through advanced players
~ Dynamic teaching artists
~ Diverse music genres, including jazz, rock & pop
~ Your choice of session length, from one to four weeks! 
~ New repertoire each session

Dates & Times:
Monday-Friday, 9:30am-2:30pm
Early morning drop-off available

Falmouth Campus:
Session 1  |  July 9-13  
Session 2  |  July 16-20 

Barnstable Campus:
Session 3  |  July 23-27  |  Register
Session 4  |  July 30-Aug. 3  |  Register

Just $230 per week + $10 registration fee
$20 off each additional week!


Ages 10-18  |  Teaching Artists John Yankee (Falmouth) and Marcia Wytrwal (Barnstable)
Inviting all students with a passion for singing! Summer Sing, A Cappella is now a part of the Conservatory’s Summer Sounds program. There will be jazz and rock band students participating as part of the day-long program, but this is a special invitation to singers only to join the singing portion of the program separately. We’ll explore two- to four-part harmonies, including ear training and vocal technique. Through traditional and popular music we will focus on fine-tuning, vocal confidence, group chemistry, and musical style. The students will join the Summer Sounds jazz and rock band students in a performance for family and friends at the end of the session.

Dates & Times:
Monday-Thursday, 12-1:15pm
Friday, 9:30am-10:30am rehearsal; 1-2:30pm concert

Tuition:  Just $95 per week

Falmouth Campus:
Session 1  |  July 9-13
Session 2  |  July 16-20  

Barnstable Campus:
Session 3  |  July 23-27  |  Register
Session 4  |  July 30-Aug. 3  |  Register




ART AFTERNOONS  |  Ages 7-12

Teaching Artist: Anne Pierce
Join us for music and art-filled fun, for students 7 to 12 years old! Each week of camp will explore a different corner of the artistic world. Our afternoons will be filled with unique visual art projects, interactive music and art history lessons, hands-on opportunities to experience musical instruments, and some very special guest presenters. Each session of camp will feature its own unique programming, so students are welcome to enroll for any combination of weeks (or all six!). Discounts are available for campers who enroll for multiple weeks or for families with multiple children.

Monday through Friday, 1:30-4:30 PM
Tuition: $225 week


July 23-27: Journey to France- Explore the visual and musical tradition of French impressionism! Students will learn about the painting techniques of artists such as Monet, Renoir, and Matisse and create their own work using impressionist techniques. Campers will be introduced to Impressionism in the musical world, learning about the music of Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel. The week will feature live musical demo and hands-on experience with musical instruments.   |  Register

July 30-Aug. 3: Pop Rocks- Students will learn all about the history of pop art and how it continues to be a big part of our visual landscape. We will explore the style of pop artists, such as Andy Warhol and create our own work, using digital platforms, as well as traditional art media. We also explore the musical side of pop culture, delving into the discography of the Beatles and their influence on the music of today. Students will learn to play and sing a song by the Beatles, by the end of the week!  |  Register

Aug. 6-10: Get Surreal- Dive into the world of dreams! Using the inspiration of surrealist artists such as Magritte and Dali, students will create self-portraits, sculptures, and collages. We will explore the different techniques and styles used by these artists to depict the world inside the human mind. Students will also learn about the quirky and brilliant surrealist composer, Erik Satie, through lives musical demos from our renowned teaching artists.  |  Register

Aug. 13-17: Life, Animated- Life, Animated- Learn all about the art of animation, including illustration, cartooning, and storytelling. We will explore the way that animated films connect all areas of the arts-visual art, music, theater, and dance!- and students will create their own Flip-o-Rama animated story.  Register


ART EXPLORERS  |  Ages 3-7  |  July 9 - August 13  |  Mondays, 1-2pm  |  Call for pro-rated tuition 508-540-0611
This fun-filled, friendly class enables young artists to explore a wide range of art materials and expand their skills through a series of different projects every four weeks. Students will sharpen their listening and fine-motor skills, exercise their creativity and have fun in a dynamic group setting.

NATURE ART  |  Ages 3-7  |  July 10 - August 14  |  Tuesdays, 1-2pm  |  Call for pro-rated tuition 508-540-0611
Inspired by our beautiful surroundings we will use shells, rocks, sticks, and flowers we explore a variety of media while learning about the natural world around us! We will look at landscapes and other art inspired by nature as we create our own impressions of beautiful Cape Cod. Instill a sense of wonder in your young one through artistic expression and thoughtful teaching!

DRAWING AND PAINTING FOR TEENS |  Ages 12+  |  July 10 - August 14  |  Tuesdays, 3-4:30pm  |  Call for pro-rated tuition 508-540-0611
This class will explore many different drawing and painting techniques, using a variety of media! Students will create several pieces of art, over the course of this class and work on developing their own unique artistic expression.



MINI MONDAYS  |  Ages 5-9  |   11am-12pm  
A different project awaits young artists every Monday in these one-day art classes. Walk-ins are welcome, but space is limited so pre-registration is recommended. Some projects that need time to dry may be picked up later in the week. $20/per Mini-Monday class or four Mini-Monday classes for $70.

July 23  |  World of Whales- Did you know that whales can swim as fast as 30mph? They also only sleep with half of their brain, so they can remember to breathe! Join us as we learn about many types of whales through drawing, painting and charcoal. Register
July 30  |  Rockets- Invent your own with markers and paint-then make a rocket model to fly home. Register
August 6  |  Dolphin Day- Learn more about dolphins using drawing, painting and clay. Register
August 13  |  Splatter Painting- A technique made famous by abstract expressionist painters such as Jackson Pollock. Splatter painting is energetic, unpredictable and a whole lot of fun. Dress for a mess and enjoy the weather with this awesome class held outside! Register
August 20 |  Flying Saucers- Design your own flying saucers with paint or markers and then make a small one to take home with you! Register

SUNNY DAY ART, MONDAYS  |  Ages 4-7  |  Mondays, 1-1:45pm  |  $60
July 30 - August 20  |  Register
Celebrate summertime! Have fun drawing, painting and more in this easy-going, creative class. New projects each week, many related to life on Cape Cod. 

SIDE-BY-SIDE ART  |  Ages 3-4  |  Tuesdays, 1-1:30pm  |  $54
July 31 - August 21  |  Register
Spend quality time with your child and see small motor skills develop in this fun and friendly class. Easy projects are designed to highlight the creative process of making art, exploring non-toxic materials such as paints, glue, clay and drawing tools. New ideas each week!

DRAWING EXPLOSION  |  Ages 9-12  |  Thursdays, 3-4:15pm  |  $75
August 2 - August 23  |  Register
A Cape summertime tradition! Students interested in any type of drawing - cartoons, realism, portraits or flights of pure imagination - will gain confidence and build skills in this easy-going class. Many resources available for the subject matter - and students are also welcome to bring images from home or electronic devices. Inventive and fun class lessons lay the groundwork for drawing fundamentals, then students are given "free drawing" time. 

CRAZY FOR CARTOONING  |  Ages 5-9  |  July 31 - August 21  |  Tuesdays, 2:30-3:30pm  |  $60  |  Register
Stretch your imagination! No matter what your cartooning style or skills, we will explore how to draw with quick exercises, then students will draw whatever kind of cartoons they like. Plenty of books available for inspiration!

COASTAL CREATURES OF CAPE COD  |  Ages 8-12  |  August 1 - August 22 |  Wednesdays, 1-2pm  |  $60  |  Register
Explore the Cape's shoreline with drawing, painting, crafts, and clay. Quick lessons on many of these coastal dwellers will begin the class, then students are free to depict their favorites. 

PAINT TILL YOU FAINT  |  Ages 12+  |  August 2 - August 23  |  Thursdays, 1-2:15pm  |  $75  |  Register
This high-energy class is all about trying as many watercolor types and techniques as we can in four weeks. Designed to meet all skill levels, class starts with quick lessons in painting techniques and styles. Students then apply these lessons to a subject of their choice.

Seaside String Ensemble

Teaching Artist: Larry 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+  |  JUL 10-AUG 21  |  Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30pm  |  $117  |  Register






Teaching Artists: Rosemarie Manganello (Falmouth) & Chris Morris (Barnstable)

Ages 5-11

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  |  JUL 11-AUG 15  |  Wednesdays, 2:15-3pm  |  $125  |  Register

Ages 8-11  |  JUL 11-AUG 15  |  Wednesdays, 2-2:45pm  |  $125  |  Register


Teaching Artists: Joseph Dudzinski (Barnstable Thursday) Chris Morris (Barnstable Wednesday) & 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.

Level 1  |  JUL 11-AUG 15  |  Wednesdays, 5-6pm  |   $116 (includes book)  |  Register
Level 2  |  JUL 11-AUG 15  |  Wednesdays, 6-7pm  |   $100  |   Register

Level 1  |  JUL 12-AUG 16  |  Thursdays, 5:30-6:30pm  |  $116 (includes book)  |  Register



Teaching Artist: Joseph Dudzinski
If you love to sing, but only feel comfortable singing on your own, this small, supportive group class is for you! Students will develop and improve their vocal range, pitch, tone, breathing, phrasing and more! In just six sessions, adults will learn to sing a few simple songs with confidence
Barnstable  |  JUL 9-AUG 13  |  Mondays, 5:30-6:30pm  |  $98  |  Call to register with pro-rated tuition 508-362-2772  



Teaching Artist: Joseph Dudzinski 
Open to adults who have relative 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  |  JUL 9-AUG 13  |  Mondays, 6:30-7:30pm  |  $87  |  Call to register with pro-rated tuition 508-362-2772 


Sing the American Standards

Teaching Artist: Frederick 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  |  JUL 10-AUG 14  |  Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30pm  |  $95  |  Call to register with pro-rated tuition 508-540-0611 


Teaching Artist: Joseph Scott
There’s a lot of music in a little ukulele! The "world's friendliest instrument" is a great place for students of all ages to begin an exploration of string instruments.  No experience is necessary; students pick up chords and strumming techniques easily, hearing their own progress after just a class or two.  Playing and performing with new friends makes learning even more interactive and relaxed.  Students may borrow a ukulele from the Conservatory for class but should have on at home for practice.

Barnstable  |  Ages 7-13  |  JUL 10-AUG 14  |  Tuesdays, 5:30-6:15pm  |  $77  |  Register
Falmouth  |  Ages 7-12  |  JUL 11-AUG 15  |  Wednesdays, 1:00-1:45pm  |  $77  |  Register


Teaching Artist: Dan Flonta
Ages 5-6
A special class designed for students who have graduated from the Cape Conservatory Preschool Suzuki Violin program. The structure is similar, private instruction combined with group lessons.
Barnstable  |  JUL 13-AUG 24  |  Fridays, 10-10:45am  |  $130  |  Register



Ages 3-7  |  Instructors Anne Kullas & Alyson Anderson (Barnstable) and Jaime Ogilvy (Falmouth)
Ker-pow! It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s the Conservatory’s Summer Superheroes! This summer, our early childhood education program will power through each day with fun superhero themed activities. Students will have a blast playing outdoors, painting and creating science experiments. Throughout superhero camp, children will gain knowledge in the Arts, science, math, literacy, social studies, along with music and movement. Young superheroes should pack a healthy snack, a beverage and a nut-free lunch with an ice pack.

Dates & Times
July 9 - August 16
9am - 1pm

$395 per session

Barnstable Campus
Monday & Wednesday  |  Class full 
Tuesday & Thursday  |  Class full

Falmouth Campus
Monday & Wednesday  |  To receive pro-rated tuition, please call to register 508-540-0611. 
Tuesday & Thursday  |  To receive pro-rated tuition, please call to register 508-540-0611. 

Summer DANCE


Teaching Artist: Alyson Anderson
A high-energy introduction to hip-hop & jazz technique, including breakdancing, body isolations, freestyle, beginning acrobatics and more. We’ll learn hip-hop/jazz terminology, how to count music and find the beat, and we’ll choreograph a dance. Most of all, we’ll have fun and dance!
Barnstable  |  Ages 3-7  |  Thursdays, 1-1:45pm  |  $95  |  Register


Mommy and Me Go To Ballet

Teaching Artist: Jane Caputo
A fun class for toddlers and their caregivers. Bring a favorite soft stuffed animal for teddy bear stretches and learn how to do plie’s, chasse’s and turns. Wear soft stretchy clothes or ballet attire.
Barnstable  |  Ages 1-3  |  July 11-August 22  |  Wednesdays, 4:45-5:15pm  |  Register



Barnstable Teaching Artist: Jane Caputo
Falmouth Teaching Artist: Lindsay Caputo
This Leap N Learn program is a great starting place for young dancers’ to “leap” into a full suite of technique classes at the Conservatory. Students learn basic French ballet vocabulary, stretching, creativity and musicality while having fun in a safe, nurturing environment. Pre-Ballet attire: pink leotard, pink tights, pink ballet slippers.
Barnstable  |  Ages 2.9-4  |  July 13-August 24  |  Fridays, 3:45-4:15pm   |  Register
Falmouth  |  Ages 2.9-4  |  July 9-August 20 |  Mondays, 3:30-4pm  |  Register


Barnstable Teaching Artist: Jane Caputo
Falmouth Teaching Artist: Lindsay Caputo
Young dancers gain knowledge of French ballet terms while continuing safe stretching, and engaging in creative music and movement. Students are prepared for the continuation of the Conservatory’s full suite of technique classes and the opportunity for Repertoire II. Elementary Ballet attire: pink leotard, pink tights, pink ballet slippers.
Barnstable  |  Ages 4-7  |  July 10-August 21  |  Tuesdays, 5:15-6pm   |  Register
Falmouth  |  Ages 4-7  |  July 9-August 20  |  Mondays, 4-4:45pm   |  Register



Barnstable Teaching Artist: Jane Caputo
Students learn beginning Pointe, strength, speed, vocabulary and more advanced techniques.
*For students at our Barnstable campus, both the Wednesday & Friday classes are required; an additional technique class per week is recommended.
Barnstable*  |  Ages 13+  |  July 11-August 22  |   Wednesdays, 5:15-6:30pm  |  Register
Barnstable*  |  Ages 13+  |  July 13-August 24  |  Fridays, 4:15-5:15pm  |  Register


Barnstable Teaching Artist: Jane Caputo
Students continue in pointe, developing strength, speed, and flexibility. Students will learn emphasis on artistry, phrasing, choreography, corps de ballet and soloist variations for repertoire and performance.*
*At this level, two technique classes per week are required. Three technique classes are strongly recommended.
Barnstable  |  Ages 13+  |  July 10-August 21 |  Tuesdays, 6:15-7:45pm   |  Register
Barnstable  |  Ages 13+ July 13-August 24  |  Fridays, 6:15-7:45pm   |  Register


Teaching Artist: Jane Caputo
Students will refine their pointe technique. They will build strength and artistry while learning new skills and classical variations.  Students will perform solos or demi solos such as "Giselle," "Carmen," "La Esmeralda," "Paquita" and "Sugar Plum Fairy" as well as new choreography from the Artistic Director.
*Two other technique classes per week are mandatory for this class.
Barnstable  |  Ages 13+  |  July 11-August 22  |  Wednesdays, 6:30-7:45pm  |  Register



By Audition
Barnstable Teaching Artist: Jane Caputo
Students of different levels will work together to learn, rehearse and perform full-length ballets. Students will have the opportunity to work with professional ballet dancers and be part of the Conservatory's performance troupe.* This summer, students will be rehearsing Legend of the Witch Moll Dyer for performance in October 2018.
*Requires  enrollment in technique classes (levels 3/4 & up) and the instructor’s invitation to join
Attire is that of the student’s regular class level.
Barnstable  |  Ages 13+  |  July 13-August 24  |  Fridays, 5:15-6:15pm