lessons and group experiences
As a contemporary music school, lessons at MCMA are designed around the interest of the student and their specific learning goals. Whether it’s rock, pop, classical, or folk, we believe students should play what they love and love what they play! We further support students’ creativity by encouraging students to compose their own songs, practice improvisation, and personalize every piece of music they study. We also believe music is one of the most universal languages, and we value the opportunity to teach all students how to speak and read that language. To that end, we weave the fundamentals of music -- theory, notation, and ear training -- into all of our offerings. This balance of fun and theory is at the heart of everything we do. MCMA offers three different options for music instruction:
One-on-one instruction either 30, 45, or 60 minutes in length. For children 12 and under, we recommend beginning with a 30 minute lesson. Teens and adults often choose a 45 or 60 minute lesson to allow more time for conversations about theory and improv sessions with their instructors.
A group of 2-4 students of approximately the same skill level studying the same instrument. Labs are 45 minutes in length and are a great choice for students who are looking for a shared peer experience. If we don't offer a lab in an instrument you are interested in, let us know -- we have often created custom labs for family and friend groups.
Groups & Ensembles
A 60 minute class of 4+ students. Groups will study the same instrument, and ensembles will study different instruments to create a band experience. Student bands at MCMA create band names, pick stage names for themselves, and often perform at our end of semester recitals.
Prospective students are welcome to schedule a one time introductory lesson to determine if the lesson will be a good fit for both the student and instructor. Introductory lessons include a tour of our facilities, a lesson to get acquainted with a student’s prospective instructor, and a discussion of student goals and interests. Intro lessons can be scheduled for 30, 45, or 60 minutes with payment due after lesson completion; intro lessons are billed at $30, $45, and $60 accordingly.
Students may sign up at any point during the year, and we will be happy to prorate tuition based on start date. Every effort will be made to accommodate student requests for scheduling. Age requirements for group classes will be determined by the instructor on a case-by-case basis. Enrollment is open to students of all abilities ages 5 years old and above, and includes perks like participation in our annual recitals, community events, and open mics; end of semester master classes; and access to studio facilities for individual practice and band rehearsals.