There are many rewards of music study: the discipline of practicing regularly, the delight of experiencing music through movement and song, the confidence gained from performance, and the friendships made through ensembles.
The Music School’s multi-level curriculum provides a well-rounded musical education, including weekly lessons, regular evaluation, and frequent performance and ensemble opportunities. Taking part in all aspects of the curriculum helps a student perform more easily, broaden musical skills, and make new musical friends.
Academic Year 2020 - 2021
Tuition for Individual Instruction, for 16-week semester:
Curriculum with 30 minute lesson: $672
Curriculum with 45 minute lesson: $992
Curriculum with 60 minute lesson: $1,296
Your tuition includes:
- an orientation session to discuss your own individual goals,
- weekly lessons especially designed to meet your goals,
- regular evaluation through written reports and faculty panels,
- consultations with program staff on future directions,
- a 25% discount on weekly ensembles,
- rehearsals and performances with professional accompanists,
- informal performance workshops with written feedback (available weekly),
- student recitals (more than 80 per year),
- performance opportunities in the community,
- regular open jam sessions,
- master classes, and
- classes in performance.
Instruction is offered in the following; an effort will be made to find teachers of other instruments if there is a sufficient demand:
New students are introduced to the Music School through an individual orientation with the appropriate department chair. At that time, students learn about the Music School’s philosophy and special offerings and share their goals and expectations. After this discussion, the department chair recommends a teacher and schedules a lesson time.
Faculty members, department chairs, the dean of students, and the School’s president work together closely to monitor each student’s progress. Communication between students, parents, and teachers is ongoing. Parents are welcome to visit lessons by arrangement with the teacher.
- Workshops encourage ease in performance, develop a confident stage presence, broaden exposure to many styles and instruments, and build a camaraderie among participants. To ensure informality, these weekly workshops are limited to 10 students and the dean of students or department chair.
- Student recitals occur frequently, providing both musicians and audience members an informal, enjoyable performance experience of limited length. Family and friends are encouraged to attend.
- The annual Community Music Fest in March is a special public marathon of music; hundreds of students take turns performing to benefit the Music School’s Financial Aid Fund.
- Community performances by students take place at retirement communities, public schools, community festivals, hospitals, and other sites across the state.
- Open jam sessions (acoustic and electric) welcome players who want to improvise and jam on jazz and rock tunes. (Participation assumes reasonable ease playing your instrument).