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We’re excited to introduce a more extensive Jazz/Rock/Pop program this fall, and we’re rolling out several brand new classes for those interested in new and contemporary music. Expand your musical horizons by learning the basics of jazz theory, harmony and improvisation. Join an introductory group class in guitar or piano, or explore your unique compositional voice and write original music.

If you’re looking to hone your instrumental skills, we offer private lessons in all major jazz, rock and pop instruments – guitar, upright and electric bass, drums, piano/keyboard, voice, saxophone, trumpet, and trombone.

Best of all – join a band! We’ll match you up with compatible players, and you’ll receive weekly coaching with a member of our outstanding professional faculty. You’ll grow as a musician and have opportunities to perform at the Conservatory and in the community.

Our staff is available to speak with you about your musical interests and goals, and help you find the right program and instructor. For more registration information, our calendar and group class schedule, please visit the New Student Registration page. Feel free to Contact Us with any questions. 

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 Lessons

      • Group Guitar and Group Piano are an introductory classes for teen and adult beginners. You’ll learn basic guitar or 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.

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

      • 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 instrument.

  • Music Theory, Appreciation & Composition

      • 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.

      • 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.

      • 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.

  • Performing Ensembles

      • For intermediate and advanced vocal and instrumental students with some experience. Explore improvisation and chord structure within a variety of jazz styles.

        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.

      • 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.

      • 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.

        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.

  • Dr. Amanda Tabor
    Associate Dean of Students and Faculty
    (914) 761-3900 ext. 114


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