TEENS (grades 7-12)

Teen Programs

If music is your priority, you won’t find a better place than the Conservatory to hone your skills and explore new avenues. Get involved in our many performing ensembles, from string quartet to wind quintet, from big band to rock band. Master the “nuts and bolts” of music in our theory classes, and discover your creative self in composition or songwriting. 

You’ll learn from the best teachers in the New York City area, explore different musical genres, meet like-minded peers from many different communities and school districts, and build your college resume (did you know that colleges think highly of students with a strong background in music?). No matter what your musical interests, the Conservatory will help you become the best musician you can be.

The Conservatory is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music which accredits college music program nationwide, so you can be assured of the highest quality programs and instruction. Scholarships based on financial need are available for students of all ages to enroll at the Conservatory. Students and parents are encouraged to inquire and apply. For more information click here.

Honors Academy

Students prepare for potential admission to the Honors Program by participating in theory, ensembles with other academy students, and performances. The academy is for middle school students and is by teacher recommendation.

Honors Program

High school students seeking a more intensive musical experience, or considering a career path in music, may audition for the Conservatory’s Honors Program, offering a pre-college curriculum that includes annual requirements for instrumental study, performance, theory, and ensemble participation.  Students perform a full-length senior recital; graduates receive the Artist Certificate.  Because the Conservatory is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, completion of the Honors Program is a highly-regarded component of students’ college applications.

Honors Program studentA limited number of Merit Scholarships are awarded each year for talented high school students to enroll in the Honors program.  

Honors Program alumni include current students and recent graduates of The Juilliard School, Mannes College of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, the Longy School, Eastman School of Music, Blair School of Music (Vanderbilt U.) and others.  Veteran alumni include Boston Symphony Assistant Conductor Ken David Masur, New York Philharmonic flutist Mindy Kaufmann, concert pianists Garrick Ohlsson and William Wolfram, composer Todd Machover, and others.  Numerous alumni are now pursuing significant careers in law, medicine, research, teaching, business, and many other areas.

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
      • The Suzuki philosophy is based on the concept that all children can succeed in music when provided with the right environment, great teaching, and parental support. Children learn through listening, imitation, and repetition, and early music reading is an important part of the Conservatory’s approach to teaching and learning in our Suzuki program. Parents attend lessons and classes with their children and practice with them at home every day. Recitals are scheduled throughout the year.

        Suzuki group classes reinforce and expand upon what is learned in the private lessons and teach ensemble and musicianship skills, as well as providing a social group with peers. Optional Music Skills and Music Theory classes help children learn the fundamentals of music and reinforce note reading.

        For more information on the Suzuki method, visit the Suzuki Association of America website www.suzukiassociation.org

  • 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.

  • Music Theory, History & Composition

      • Music theory is the language and grammar of music. Learning theory helps you understand the repertoire you learn on your instrument. The Conservatory offers a sequential theory curriculum, starting with note-reading and key signatures, and moving through advanced harmony and counterpoint. Our theory classes also include elements of ear-training and music history. These classes offers students a thorough understanding of musical structure, enhancing their instrumental or vocal study. A placement test or completion of the prior level is required. Students taking instrumental instruction outside the Conservatory are welcome to enroll. All theory classes require purchase of a textbook.

      • Covers the material taught in the first year of undergraduate theory. Prepares students to take the College Board’s AP Theory exam.

      • Using the Conservatory’s new Yamaha Motif XF8 synthesizer, students will learn to program beats and loops, experiment with a 16-track sequencer, and create thousands of sounds to accompany the spoken word.

        With the rising popularity of hip-music in the popular culture, the Conservatory has created a curriculum for teaching this ever-expanding creative medium. Open to middle school and high school-age students.

      • Jazz Theory & Improvisation will 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.

      • Workshop 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

      • 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.

      • 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.

  • Performing Ensembles

  • Large Ensembles

      • 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 audition is required to determine vocal range.

      • - Intermediate ensemble for string students who are familiar with third position and have some prior experience playing in a group. Repertoire includes classical and contemporary selections. A placement audition is required.

      • For advanced string students who are familiar with third and higher positions, can shift fluidly, have sight-reading skills and previous ensemble experience. The group plays repertoire in a variety of styles.

      • For intermediate/advanced woodwind, brass, keyboard and percussion students. Learn traditional rhythms such as Son and Rhumba clave, cascara, and 6/8 Afro-Cuban Bembe; improvise using jazz harmony, and perform tunes in the Latin jazz style. The Latin Jazz Ensemble performs at the Conservatory and in a variety of community locations. An audition is required.

  • Small Ensembles

      • 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.

      • Piano 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.

      • 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. Grouped according to age and ability. A placement audition is required.

      • 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. Grouped according to age and ability. A placement audition is required.

      • Open to elementary and intermediate woodwind players who have had at least one year of experience in their school band. Students will learn the basics of good woodwind playing (posture, breathing, tone) as well as ensemble playing (intonation, articulation, listening, blending the sound).

        The ensemble plays a variety of traditional and contemporary pieces and arrangements for woodwinds. An audition is required.

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

      • For brass players who have had at least one year of experience in their school band. Students learn the basics of good brass playing and explore a variety of traditional and contemporary repertoire.


  • 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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