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Youth & Teens

We offer a wide variety of opportunities for teens to explore their music passions!

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

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How To Enroll

To register for Private Lessons, please complete our Student Inquiry Form. A member of our program staff will email you with information to get started.

To start the registration process for Music Theory, Group Classes, or Ensembles, please visit our Online Registration Portal where you request class placement or register now.

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!

Youth & Teens

What We Offer

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Private Lessons
Private instruction is offered in-person at the Conservatory and online with our professional faculty in piano, voice, strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, harp, and harpsichord.

  • Our world-class 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:
    • 100% discount for optional Music Skills and Music Theory classes through level 5
    • Discounted upper level theory classes and performing ensembles
    • Free student recitals and performance opportunities, including rehearsal with a professional piano accompanist
  • For more information about Private Lessons, click here or complete our Student Inquiry Form to get started.

New student? Get started with a trial lesson!

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Music Theory, Songwriting & Composition

Theory 1-9 (Grades 2-12)

Using the Royal Conservatory of Music curriculum, these theory classes provide a thorough understanding of musical structure.

  • Students explore and reinforce foundational skills through music analysis, improvisation, ear training, and composition.
  • Placement test or completion of prior level required.
  • Tuition varies based on level.
  • Request placement now with Nicole Peragine, Associate Dean for Programs at

AP Theory (Grades 10-12)

This music theory experience covers the material taught in the first year of college theory and prepares students to take the College Board AP Music Theory Exam.

  • This is a test prep class and is most effective when taken in conjunction with AP Music Theory in the student’s public school.
  • Placement test or completion of Theory 9 is required.
  • Request placement now with Nicole Peragine, Associate Dean for Programs at

Jazz Workshop (Grades 7-12)

Vocal and instrumental students learn the fundamentals of jazz theory, improvisation basics, and various jazz styles throughout the Fall/Winter seasons.

  • During the spring, students apply these skills as a group focuses on learning and playing popular jazz repertoire together.
  • Students must read music and demonstrate basic fluency on their instrument.

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Songwriting (Grades 7-12)

Create and experiment with the basic principles of songwriting – melody, harmony, rhythm, improvisation, and lyrics. Instrumentalists and singers learn the powerful combination of melody, rhythm, and lyric in writing original music.

  • Teaches the Students develop their individual style by applying various concepts and techniques to their own ideas, through various assignments and guided composition tools.
  • Students will create and perform their original compositions based on their personal aesthetic. Some musical experience required.

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Buckets and Beats (Grade 1 – 6)

  • Have fun with sticks, buckets, and household items! Learn the fundamentals of rhythm and percussion. No prior musical experience necessary.

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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.

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Junior Strings (Grade 2-7)

  • 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.

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Teen Vocal Ensemble (Grade 7-12)

  • 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 assessment is required to determine vocal range.

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Rock Band (Grade 7-12)

  • Join the band! Guitar, electric bass, piano/keyboard, drums, and voice students rehearse and perform classic rock, blues, funk, and favorite pop songs by The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Jason Mraz, and others.
  • For placement, please contact Assistant Dean, Jake Robinson at

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Conservatory Sinfonia (Grade 8-12)

  • For accomplished string students who are familiar with third position and higher, can shift fluidly, and have sight-reading skills and previous ensemble experience.
  • For placement, please contact Associate Dean for Programs, Nicole Peragine at

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Piano Partners (Grade 7 – 12)

  • Piano students challenge their skills and are coached in four-hands and two-piano repertoire.
  • Students are matched by skill level to collaborate in rehearsing and performing this advanced technique.

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Chamber Music Ensembles (Grade 7-12)

  • For string, woodwind, and piano students who have appropriate technical and sight-reading skills and are taking private lessons.
  • Students are organized into small ensembles to rehearse and perform a variety of chamber music repertoire.
  • Placement audition required for students who do not take private lessons at MCW.
  • To register for this class, please consult with Nicole Peragine, Associate Dean for Programs at
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