CONTINUE YOUR LOVE FOR MUSIC AT MCW

Adults

Music is a joy and opportunity at every stage of life.

Whether you’re 28 or 68, trying something for the first time, or dusting off an instrument you haven’t touched since high school, you’ll find a warm welcome and a musical home at the Conservatory.

Our staff is available to speak with you about your musical interests and goals, and help you find the right program and instructor. Group classes and ensembles are discounted or free for students registered for private lessons.

For more registration information, our calendar, and group class schedule, please visit the How to Enroll page. Feel free to Contact Us with any questions.

Adult Education

What We Offer

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PRIVATE LESSONS

We offer instruction in all styles of music, on all instruments including piano, voice, strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, harp, and harpsichord.

  • Our highly qualified teachers use an individualized approach for each student, based on your musical 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 through level 5
    • Discounted performing ensembles
    • Free student performances, including rehearsals with a professional piano accompanist

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GROUP GUITAR LESSONS
  • Jam with other adults learning basic guitar skills. Learn chords, strumming techniques, and songs you will love to play to get you to the next level of playing guitar.
  • No prior experience needed.

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GROUP PIANO LESSONS
  • Live your musical dream by learning basic piano skills with other adults. Learn key signatures, scales, and songs to get you to the next level of playing piano.
  • No prior experience needed.

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MUSIC THEORY, APPRECIATION & COMPOSITION

Intro to Music Theory and History

  • Learn elements of basic theory such as key signature, intervals, chord structure, and other music fundamentals. Discover the influence of these elements on the evolution of musical form and style.

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Composition Lessons

  • 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.

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PERFORMING ENSEMBLES

Women’s Vocal Ensemble

  • Sing your heart out! Aspiring singers at all levels of experience rehearse and perform together for the joy of singing.
  • Harmonize and sing solos from popular repertoire, as well as selections from the Great American Songbook.

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Piano Partners

  • 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.

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Chamber Ensembles

  • Advanced piano, string, woodwind, or brass players are matched to rehearse and perform selections from sonata or other chamber music repertoire.
  • Sonata Partners focuses exclusively on music for solo instrument and piano. Chamber Music accommodates a variety of instrument types with appropriate repertoire.

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Rock Intensives for Adults: (8-week sessions)

  • Each 8-week intensive is dedicated to a different genre, era, or artist. You’ll learn the basics of playing in a band, working with equipment and, of course, playing the music of some of your favorite bands.
  • Develop your confidence and gain new friendships while exploring the music of popular recording artists!
  • Musical instrument proficiency required.

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Adult Education

Scholarships Are Available!

Scholarships are available for adult students. Visit our Scholarship Page for more info. Discounts for senior citizens are also available for lessons taking place on weekdays before 3:00 pm. Questions?

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