Youth & Teens

Youth and Teens

To maximize a student’s potential, it’s important to start an instrument at the right age and stick with it over time. We’ll guide your student to choose the right lessons and classes, and help you navigate the road to musical success!

Each Conservatory student gets the best possible foundation in music, and we provide opportunities to explore every type of musical dream, whether a budding classical virtuoso, rock star, or Tony Award nominee. The Conservatory is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, so you can be assured of the highest quality.

 

How to Enroll

To register for Private Lessons, please fill out an Inquiry Form on our Online Registration Portal. A member of our program staff will email you to set-up a phone call or meet in person.

To register for Music Theory, Group Classes, or Ensembles, please visit our Online Registration Portal where you can sign up for classes online with our easy two-step process! Please note: Group classes and ensembles are discounted or free for students registered for private lessons.

Questions? Call us at 914-761-3900 or Email Us. Scholarships are available for all ages!

INSTRUMENTAL AND VOCAL INSTRUCTION

Private Lesson

We offer instruction in all styles of music, on all instruments including piano, voice, strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, harp, harpsichord and organ. Our highly qualified teachers use an individualized approach for each student, based on age, goals and learning style. Lessons are available throughout the year, including summer.

The Conservatory experience includes more than just lessons. Tuition includes:

  • Free music theory classes
  • Discounted performing ensembles
  • Free student performances, including rehearsals with a professional piano accompanist
MUSIC THEORY, HISTORY & COMPOSITION

Music Skills (Grade 2 -3)

Based on the renowned Dalcroze method, this class teaches the fundamentals of rhythm, melody and harmony through ear training, creative movement, songs and improvisation. The Saturday morning classes include an emphasis on Orff percussion instruments. Children attend classes on their own, without a parent or caregiver. Pre-K Music Skills offers a perfect entry point for your child’s musical education, helping prepare him/her to learn an instrument. Music Skills classes start in October and continue through May. Enrollment is ongoing through February.

Music Skills classes provide a foundation of our music theory curriculum which starts in grade 4. Students benefit from taking Music Skills and theory in addition to their instrumental lessons.

Our Music Skills teachers are certified Dalcroze instructors. To learn more about Dalcroze go to: www.dalcrozeusa.org

Elementary Theory A & B (Grade 4-5)

For children in grades 4-5 offer a transition from Music Skills to a more traditional classroom setting. Music theory is the language and grammar of music. Learning theory helps you understand the repertoire you learn on your instrument.

The Conservatory offers a sequential theory curriculum, starting with note-reading and key signatures, and moving through advanced harmony and counterpoint. Our theory classes also include elements of ear-training and music history.

Young Songwriters (Grades 6-8)

Young Songwriters introduces students to the basic elements of songwriting – melody, harmony, rhythm, and lyrics – through various skills-based music activities, listening to popular music, and simple assignments.

Students work together and individually to create their own compositions using techniques learned in class and their favorite music. No previous musical experience required. For grades 6 – 8, 60 minutes.

Theory I-IV (Grades 9-12)

Music theory is the language and grammar of music. Learning theory helps you understand the repertoire you learn on your instrument. The Conservatory offers a sequential theory curriculum, starting with note-reading and key signatures, and moving through advanced harmony and counterpoint. Our theory classes also include elements of ear-training and music history. These classes offers students a thorough understanding of musical structure, enhancing their instrumental or vocal study. A placement test or completion of the prior level is required. Students taking instrumental instruction outside the Conservatory are welcome to enroll. All theory classes require purchase of a textbook.

AP Theory (Grades 10-12)

Covers the material taught in the first year of undergraduate theory. Prepares students to take the College Board’s AP Theory exam.

Composition (Grades 7-12)

The workshop teaches the principles and techniques of creating original music. Students listen to and analyze examples from the great composers, engage in group composition projects and have their original music performed. To take this class, students write a short original piece to be approved by the instructor. For grade 7 to adult, 60 minutes.

Young Songwriters (Grades 6-8)

Introduces students to the basic elements of songwriting – melody, harmony, rhythm, and lyrics – through various skills-based music activities, listening to popular music, and simple assignments. Students work together and individually to create their own compositions using techniques learned in class and their favorite music. No previous musical experience required. For grades 6 – 8, 60 minutes.

Songwriting (Grades 9-12)

Teaches the basic principles of songwriting – melody, harmony, rhythm, improvisation, and lyrics. Students develop their individual style by applying various concepts and techniques to their own ideas, through various assignments and guided compositional tools. Students will create and perform their original compositions based on their personal aesthetic. Some musical experience is required. For grade 7 to adult, 60 minutes.

NEW! Singer-Songwriters (Grade 9-12)

For teens and young adults with aspirations of performing and recording their original songs. Taught by a professional singer-songwriter and recording artist, students will learn songwriting and performance techniques, while gaining an understanding of how to be successful in the music industry.

Songwriters and musicians at any level with interest in any genre are welcome to express themselves through melody, lyric, and rhythm. While not required, students are encouraged to hone their instrumental skills through private lessons to accompany their progress in the class.

Jazz Workshop (Grades 9-12)

Learn the basics of jazz theory, improvisation, and jazz styles such as Blues, Bebop and Cool Jazz. Students must read music and demonstrate fluency on their instruments.

PERFORMING ENSEMBLES
Large Ensembles

Buckets and Beats (Grade 1-6)

Have fun with sticks, buckets, and household items in this inventive class. Learn the basics of percussion and how to play various drum beats. Open to all students, including those with no prior musical experience.

Junior Strings (Grade 1-6)

Open to students who have completed at least the first half of Suzuki Book 1 or equivalent, and have basic reading skills. The group plays ensemble pieces with simple harmonization, based on familiar themes from classical, traditional and popular repertoire. A placement audition is required.

Youth Chorus (Grade 1-6)

Offers a nurturing, enjoyable ensemble experience open to all instrumental and vocal students. Students explore their vocal capabilities through unison and simple two-part vocal music ranging from folk songs to popular tunes. The chorus performs at the Conservatory and in various community locations.

Teen Vocal Ensemble

Teen Vocal Ensemble is a challenging and enjoyable opportunity for students to work together as a group, learning to blend their voices and sing in parts. The ensemble sings musical theatre and classical repertoire and is open to voice and instrumental students. A placement audition is required to determine vocal range.

Conservatory Sinfonia (Grade 9-12)

For advanced string students who are familiar with third and higher positions, they can shift fluidly, have sight-reading skills and previous ensemble experience. The group plays a repertoire in a variety of styles.

Small Ensembles

Piano Partners (Grade 5 & Up)

The perfect way for intermediate and advanced piano students to have an enjoyable and valuable ensemble experience. Students are matched according to age and skill level, and are coached in four-hands and two-piano repertoire by a member of the Conservatory’s piano faculty.

Piano Partners perform at the Conservatory and may be asked to perform in a variety of community venues. A placement audition is required.

Guitar Ensemble (Grade 2-6)

A performing group for intermediate guitar students taking private lessons. Rehearse music in a variety of styles, including classical, Latin, jazz and folk.

String, Woodwind, Brass & Mixed Chamber Ensemble (Grade 5 & Up)

For students who have at least one year of experience in their school band or orchestra, and are taking private lessons. Students learn the basics of playing chamber music and explore a variety of traditional and contemporary repertoire.

Intro to Rock Band (Grade 5 & Up)

For students who are starting guitar, bass, drums and keyboard. Play favorite rock and pop tunes. Learn collaborative skills, basic rock styles, chord changes, solos, famous riffs and beats.

Piano Partners (Grades 9-12)

Piano Partners is the perfect way for intermediate and advanced piano students to have an enjoyable and valuable ensemble experience. Students are matched according to age and skill level, and are coached in four-hands and two-piano repertoire by a member of the Conservatory’s piano faculty. Piano Partners perform at the Conservatory and may be asked to perform in a variety of community venues. A placement audition is required.

String, Woodwind, Brass & Mixed Ensembles

Students rehearse and perform a variety of traditional and contemporary repertoire. Placement audition required.

Jazz Combo (Grade 9-12)

Open to woodwind, brass, piano, bass and drum students as well as vocalists. Combo members will learn repertoire from the Jazz tradition and work on the elements of improvisation. Each combo is coached by a member of our Jazz/Rock/Pop faculty. Limited class size (3-7 students) ensures individual attention. Combos work toward performances at the Conservatory and in a variety of community venues. Students must demonstrate basic fluency on their instruments. Grouped according to age and ability. A placement audition is required.

Rock Band (Grade 9-12)

Open to vocalists, guitar, electric bass, piano/keyboard players and drummers. Band members will learn tunes by their favorite rock and pop artists, including early blues and such rock influences as Led Zeppelin, AC-DC, and Metallica. A limited ensemble size (3-6 students) ensures individual attention. Bands work toward performances at the Conservatory and in a variety of community locations. Students must demonstrate fluency in their instruments. Grouped according to age and ability. A placement audition is required.

Sonata Partners

For advanced piano, string, woodwind or brass students, matched by skill level. Students study and perform selections from Sonata repertoire.