Children's Programs

School of Music

Children's Music Programs 2021

    Click on any of the below programs to learn more. We hope to see you this fall at the Maritime Conservatory!

Clarineo (mini-clarinet) is perfect for young children, and changing to clarinet when they’re bigger is easy! In this program, your child will learn to play the clarineo in an environment that shapes their imagination, develops their creativity, and teaches them how to cooperate with others to make wonderful music. Upon graduation from Level 4, students transition to playing the clarinet.

Faculty: Patty Shaw

Level 1: 
Children will learn the basics of clarineo playing, play fun songs together, and learn how to perform. Clarineo Level 1 class to Thursdays at  3-3:45pm

Level 2: 
For students who have graduated from level 1.

Level 3: 
For students who have graduated from level 2.

Level 4: 
For students who have graduated from level 2.
Maximum enrollment: 5 per class; extra classes will be added if demand warrants.

$425/term plus registration fee.

Instrument info: Students must bring their own clarineo to the first class. Clarineos can be purchased online.

A limited number of clarineos are available for rental from Patty. 

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Using the Dalcroze method of music education, this course aims to encourage holistic, creative students who are observant, adaptable, perceptive and able to work together. Dalcroze Eurhythmics teaches students to use movement and gesture to express many different aspects of music, such as pitch, range, phrasing, melody, harmony, counterpoint, tempo and metre.  As a hands-on approach to music theory, Dalcroze is an ideal complement to instrumental lessons to promote deep musical learning and encourage students to discover their own musicality.
Age: 8-12 yrs
Faculty: Susannë Brown
Cost: $195 per term, plus registration
Time: Tuesdays 6:00-6:45pm

The Conservatory is pleased to offer music lessons for strings and flute following the Suzuki Talent Education philosophy. The Suzuki method was developed by Shinichi Suzuki in Japan in the 1940’s and is based on the idea that every child has the potential to achieve a high level of proficiency and personal development. Music is initially taught through the mother tongue approach and instruction is carried out in a positive manner that reinforces accomplishments, builds confidence, and is fun. The repertoire is designed to build skills in small sequential steps that are easy for young children and let each child progress at their own pace.

In this program, students receive weekly private lessons as well as one group lesson a month with other students following the same curriculum. These groups perform a number of times each year, and offer a progressive curriculum series to ensure that students are accommodated at their level as they increase their knowledge.

For more detailed information and questions regarding level selection for your child, please contact us.

Suzuki Violin Classes

Faculty: André Pretzel and Lauren Klein

Saturdays, 1:00-1:45pm
Cost: $180/term – part of lesson registration

Suzuki Book 1A
Saturdays, 1:45-2:30pm
Cost: $180/term – part of lesson registration

Suzuki Book 1B/2
Saturdays, 12:00-1:00pm
Cost: $180/term – part of lesson registration

Suzuki Book 2 and Beyond
Saturdays, 2:30-3:15pm
Cost: $180/term – part of lesson registration

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The Presto String Orchestra is a great place to meet other young musician friends and have fun playing together! This ensemble will provide an upbeat and challenging collaborative experience for young string musicians wanting to explore the world of the string orchestra. Participants will meet weekly to play stimulating repertoire from the string orchestral repertoire as a full ensemble, in sectional rehearsals, and in occasional joint rehearsals with the other Conservatory orchestras. This group will train string players in all of the skills needed to move into the Conservatory Chamber Orchestra. In addition to weekly rehearsals, there will be performance opportunities alongside the Chamber and Adult Orchestras, providing a delightful musical and multigenerational experience!

This is for RCM grades 3-5.

Faculty: Susannë Brown
Time: Mondays, 6:00pm to 7:15pm

Cost: $215/year

Welcome to the Prelude Orchestra, the newest member of the String Orchestra family at the MCPA!  In this ensemble string and woodwind players playing at RCM grade 2 will begin their orchestral journey – learning to play with other musicians.  In our weekly rehearsals we will build the experience of playing in a group with different sections.

In addition to our weekly rehearsals, there will be opportunities to perform through the year, and some concerts together with the Presto and Chamber Orchestras, showcasing the full spectrum of orchestral development for children at the MCPA through to the end of high school.

Faculty: Susanneë Brown
Time: Mondays 5-5:45 pm
Cost: $205/year

Did you know?

We’ve got programs open to youth and adults starting at age 13!
Adult / YOUTH