Adult Programs (ages 18 to 80+)

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Music is a joy and opportunity at every stage of life, something to be savored and shared with family and friends.  Whether you’re 28 or 68, trying something for the first time, or dusting off the instrument you haven’t touched since high school, you’ll find a warm welcome and a musical home at the Conservatory.

You’ll be inspired and challenged when you take individual or group instrumental lessons with our enthusiastic faculty members who enjoy sharing their expertise. Theory classes can also be fun!  If you think of music as a shiny new car, taking a theory class is like looking under the hood and discovering how it all works. 

Join a performing group and discover the magic that happens when you play music with others, or create your own in a composition or songwriting workshop.

Need-based scholarships are available for adult students through the Mary L. Bianco and Robert Heath Adult Scholarship Fund. We encourage you to apply! For more information click here. Discounts for senior citizens are also available for lessons taking place on weekdays before 3:00 pm.

Here's What we offer:

  • Private Instrumental and Vocal Instruction

      • 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
  • Group Instruction

      • Group Guitar and Group Piano are introductory classes for teen and adult beginners. You’ll earn basic guitar and piano skills from a professional expert in a relaxed, enjoyable environment. These classes are perfect for teens or adults who always wanted to learn to play but never had the chance. Limited to 4 students per class.

      • Teaches the skills needed to perform classic tunes by The Beatles, Temptations, Van Morrison, Aretha Franklin, Rolling Stones and other top artists. You’ll learn the recorded versions of 25 classic bass lines, and hone your skills in performance, transposition, understanding song form, and memorization methods.

        Students must be able to read music, be familiar with major scales and key signatures, and have basic proficiency on bass. Limited to 7 students per class.

      • Learn the skills you'll need to play in a band, including note-reading, rhythm, hand position, chord shapes and more.

  • Music Theory, Appreciation & Composition

      • For the first time in fall semester 2017, a special section of music theory will be offered, exclusively for our adult students. The class will take a non-traditional approach to the teaching of basic theoretical concepts, putting them in the context of historical developments in music and the world.

        The objective of this course is to deepen each student’s fundamental understanding of music theory, essential harmonic principles, and compositional structure, referencing the masterworks of the great composers and ultimately enhancing both the quality of the students’ personal musical performance and their enjoyment and appreciation of music.

      • This class wiill help you expand your musical depths, learn the evolution of improvisation, and discover how jazz greats like Charlie Parker and John Coltrane mastered their art. You’ll develop new ways to practice your instrument, understand the Blues, use complex harmonic ideas and structures, and improvise in styles such as Bebop and Cool Jazz.

        Classic solos by Miles Davis, John Coltrane and others enable students to discover their favorite types of improvising and understand the evolution of this uniquely American art form. Students must be able to read music and demonstrate fluency on their instrument. An audition is required.

      • 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

      • A music appreciation class in which you’ll discover the stories behind classic rock and pop recordings. Each weekly class will cover a different recording by bands such as the Beatles, Beach Boys, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, and other great rock artists.

        Students are encouraged to bring refreshments and enjoy learning in a relaxed atmosphere. No previous musical experience is required. For students in grade 10 to adult, 60 minutes.

  • Large Ensembles

      • Open to women of all ages who love to sing, regardless of previous experience. The group rehearses traditional and popular repertoire as well as selections from the American songbook, and gives informal performances at community locations such as libraries, senior care facilities and women’s clubs. A placement audition is required to determine vocal range.

      • Latin Jazz Ensemble is open to brass, piano, bass, drumset and percussion players. Ensemble members must be able to read music and demonstrate fluency on their instrument. The group plays repertoire from the Latin Jazz tradition and learns how to improvise using jazz harmony.

        Rhythmic patterns such as Son and Rhumba clave, cascara, and Afro-Cuban 6/8 are introduced. The Latin Jazz Ensemble performs at the Conservatory and in a variety of community locations. An audition is required.

  • Small Ensembles

      • 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.

      • Open to advanced flute students interested in playing selections and arrangements from the flute choir repertoire. Students work on technical and interpretive skills, including intonation, phrasing, sound blending and other aspects of flute ensemble playing.

        The ensemble performs at the Conservatory and may also perform in a variety of community venues. An audition is required.

      • Open to advanced high school brass players interested in learning and performing a variety of chamber music repertoire in the original version or arranged for brass instruments. Students perform at the Conservatory and in a variety of community venues. An audition is required.

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

      • Open to intermediate and advanced violin, viola and cello students, grouped according to age and ability. Students learn selections from the standard chamber music repertoire, in the original versions or arrangements as appropriate.

        Ensembles perform at the Conservatory and may also be asked to perform in a variety of community venues. An audition is required.

      • Formed for various combinations of strings and woodwinds as well as piano or harpsichord where appropriate. Ensembles are open to intermediate and advanced students by audition, grouped according to ages and ability.

        Students learn standard chamber music repertoire, in the original versions or arrangements as appropriate. Ensembles perform at the Conservatory and may also perform in a variety of community venues. An audition is required.

      • 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 instrument. Students grouped according to age and ability. A placement audition is required.

      • Open to vocalists, guitar, bass guitar, 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.

        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 on their instrument. A placement audition is required.


  • Before you register we ask you to come in with your parent(s) and meet with us. To set up a time fill out the New Student Inquiry Form, or contact:

    Dr. Amanda Tabor
    Associate Dean of Students and Faculty
    amanda@musiced.org
    (914) 761-3900 ext. 114

 

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