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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. 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  |  Register
Session 2  |  July 16-20  |  Register

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!

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, 3-3:45pm  |  $125  |  Register

Ages 5-7  |  JUL 11-AUG 15  |  Wednesdays, 1-1:45pm  |  $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 11-AUG 15  |  Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00pm  |  $116 (includes book)  |  Register

Level 1  |  JUL 12-AUG 16  |  Thursdays, 5:30-6:30pm  |  $116 (includes book)  |  Register
Level 2  |  JUL 11-AUG 15  |  Wednesdays, 5:00-6:00pm  |  $100  |  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  |  Register



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  |  Register


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  |  Register


Teaching Artist: Joseph Scott

Learn to play guitar in a fun, relaxed group setting. Joe Scott, an experienced and patient teaching artist, will have you making music in no time! After the introductory 6-week session, students can move into a second level class this summer, learning more advanced chord fingerings and exploring a broader repertoire of material. More advanced students can transition at any time to private instruction. Students must have a guitar for the class - and for practicing! We recommend a nylon stringed acoustic guitar. Charlie's Music and Jack's Drum Shop, both in Hyannis, often have a nice selection of new & used guitars available for purchase. 

Barnstable  |  Ages 18+   |  JUL 10-AUG 14  |  Tuesdays, 7:30-8:15pm  |   $100  |  Register
Falmouth  |  Ages 18+  |  JUL 11-AUG 15  |  Wednesdays, 7:30-8:15pm  |  $100   |  Register



Don’t be one of the many who secretly dreams about playing the violin but thinks it’s simply impossible. With this fun and supportive group class, students will learn to play several simple songs by the end of the session. Our teaching artists will introduce adult students to the fundamentals of violin playing: bow & finger technique, basic note reading, rhythm, pitch, dynamics, and more! Violins available to rent through the Conservatory. Music books & shoulder rests are also available for a nominal fee.
Barnstable  |  Ages 18+   |  JUL 9-AUG 6  |  Mondays, 7-8pm  |   $84  |  Register


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 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 6-AUG 24  |  Fridays, 10-10:45am  |  $130  |  Register


Inspired by Nature

A fun, hands-on adventure with some of the Cape’s most fascinating organizations!

Guided by teachers and local experts, students will spend a day with each of the host organizations, exploring the important concept of PROGRESSION and how it influences science, technology, art, music, history—every part of our daily existence. Progression focuses on the
continuous growth and development of the natural world around us; the ways in which things past both form and inform those of the present and future. Through special projects and adventures, students will discover how the concept of progression applies to the environmental, artistic, and cultural spheres.

Inspired by Nature is a collaboration between the Cape Conservatory,  Falmouth Art Center, Falmouth Museums on the Green, Falmouth Public Schools, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Woods Hole Sea Grant, and Bourne Farm/Salt Pond Areas Bird Sanctuaries, Inc.

June 25-29, 2018  |  9am—1pm  |  Tuition $175  |  Register


Monday, Bourne Farm:
Bourne Farm is a 1775 historic farm with over 50 acres of natural woodlands, trails, fields and a pond. Students will explore how a seed progresses into a plant, how an egg progresses into a bird, and how nature is constantly changing around us. They will get their hands dirty and their feet wet as they discover the progress of nature in the early summer.

Tuesday, Falmouth Art Center:
Students will explore artists who work in progression, designing a series based on their personal interests. Participants will also begin a collaborative piece that we will display at the art center, which will encourage viewer participation as it evolves to completion.

Wednesday, Falmouth Historical Society and Museums on the Green:
Students will examine the progress, development, and evolution of the town of Falmouth; its history, businesses, and people that helped grow and shape the town to make it emerge. We will start at its inception in 1688 (and even earlier!), and journey through the present day.

Thursday, NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center and Woods Hole Sea Grant:
Focusing on the progression of oceanographic sampling and the dynamic marine environment over time, students will take part in fun hands-on activities held at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) Exhibit Center.

Friday, Cape Conservatory:
Students will explore the progression of music, starting with the songs of our most ancient ancestors and progressing through the rock and pop music we enjoy today. Participants will work together to compose their very own original piece of music!


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  |  Register
Tuesday & Thursday  |  Class full

Falmouth Campus
Monday & Wednesday  |  Register
Tuesday & Thursday  |  Register




ART AFTERNOONS  |  Ages 7-12

Teaching Artist: Anne Pierce
Join us for six weeks of 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. Camp days 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 campers 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 9-13:  South of the Border- The work of Frida Kahlo and Mexican Folk Music  |  Register

July 16-20: All That Jazz- Jazz Music and the art of Kadinsky, Bearden, Pollock  |  Register

July 23-27: Journey to France- The music of Debussy and the art of Monet / Impressionism  |  Register

July 30-Aug. 3: Pop Rocks- The Beatles and artist Andy Warhol  |  Register

Aug. 6-10: Get Surreal- The art of Magritte/Dali and the music of Satie/Apollinaire  |  Register

Aug. 13-17: Life, Animated- The art of animation and music from beloved animated films Register


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 2  |  Sea Turtles- Did you know that out of 7 species of sea turtles, 6 are critically endangered?  Learn more about these amazing creatures and create your own sea turtle from clay. Register
July 9  |  Shark Week- An annual favorite! Sharks can be scary but fascinating, too. A shark's sense of smell is 10,000 times better than a human! Can you imagine?! Paint and draw as many types of sharks as you can in one hour. Register
July 16  |  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
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- Love dolphins? We do too! Dolphins can communicate with each other by clicking, whistling and other sounds. They also have something in common with bats! They use echolocation (sound waves) to find exactly where objects are. Join us as we learn more about them, 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  |  Ages 4-7  |  Mondays, 1-1:45pm
July 2 - July 23  |  
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
July 3 - July 24   | 
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!

CRAZY FOR CLAY  |  Ages 5-9  |  July 3 - July 24  |  Tuesdays, 2:30-3:30pm  |  Register
Hands-on lessons in clay handling and techniques begin this fun-filled class, then students apply these exercises to their own ideas with natural and other air drying clays.
In addition to tuition, there is a $5 materials fee clay. 

WILDLIFE OF CAPE COD  |  Ages 8-12  |  July 11 - July 25  |  Wednesdays, 1-2pm  |   Register
Explore the native animals of the Cape with drawing, painting and clay. Quick lessons on these creatures will begin the class, then students are free to depict their favorites.

DRAWING EXPLOSION  |  Ages 9-12  |  Thursdays, 3-4:15pm 
July 5 - July 26  |  
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. 

DRAW TIL YOU DROP  |  Ages 12+  |  July 5 - July 26  |  Thursdays, 1-2:15pm  |   Register
This high-energy class is all about trying as many different kinds of drawing tools and techniques as we can in four weeks. Designed to meet all skill levels, class starts with quick lessons in drawing fundamentals. Students then apply these lessons to a subject of their choice.

CRAZY FOR CARTOONING  |  Ages 5-9  |  July 31 - August 21  |  Tuesdays, 2:30-3:30pm  |  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  |   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  |   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.

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



Teaching Artist: Jane 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


Teaching Artist: Jane 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, 4:30-5:15pm   |  Register


Teaching Artist: Jane Caputo
Based in the Vaganova Method, this level focuses on placement, posture, and poise. Students will develop a sense of teamwork as they learn barre, centre combinations and phrasing. Students will be evaluated for Repertoire II. Attire: pink leotard, pink tights, pink ballet slippers. 
Barnstable  |  Ages 6-8  |  July 11-August 22  |  Wednesdays, 4:30-5:15pm   |  Register


Teaching Artist: Jane Caputo
Students will expand on their technique and ballet vocabulary while increasing strength. Students will be evaluated for Repertoire 1 or 2. *
*Two technique classes per week are strongly recommended. Attire: white leotard, pink tights, pink ballet slippers.
Barnstable  |  Ages 7-10  |  July 10-August 21  |  Tuesdays, 5:15-6:15pm   |  Register


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


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