Children's Music Programs

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

The Clarinet Beginner Class teaches your child to play the clarinet in an environment that shapes their imagination, develops their creativity, and teaches them how to cooperate with others to make wonderful music. Children will learn the basics of clarinet playing, play fun songs together, and learn how to perform. Instruments are provided.


Faculty: Patty Shaw
Tuition: $280 per student for 12 classes
Times: Wednesdays 4:30 pm – 5:15 pm
Start date: March 22 – June 7

The Conservatory is pleased to offer music lessons for strings 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.

Our Suzuki teachers are members of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and committed to a high standard of instruction, helping our students – together with their parents – achieve their maximum potential. They are connected with the international Suzuki community and regularly participate in workshops and institutes around the world.

Our Suzuki students receive private and group lessons weekly
The fee for group classes is included in our Suzuki Program fee.

Our Suzuki students participate in regular studio recitals, graduation recitals, and General Recitals promoted by the Maritime Conservatory. Our Suzuki groups are regularly performing at special events at the Central Library, Northwood Home Care and IWK events.


Violin group classes are on Saturdays and are divided by age and level of playing. 

> Pre-Twinklers – 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
> Book 1A – 12:00 pm – 12:45pm
> Book 1B – 2A – 12:45 pm – 1:30 pm
> Book 2B+ 3 and 4 – 12:45 pm – 1:30 pm


You can also join our Suzuki group classes if you are interested in supplementing your private lessons upon approval of our Suzuki teaching faculty. The cost is $180 per term.

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: Susannë 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