Children's Programs

School of Music

Clarineo Program (Ages 6-10)

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-age 6-8: Thursdays 3:45-4:30 pm.
Children will learn the basics of clarineo playing, play fun songs together, and learn how to perform.
Level 2: Cancelled for fall term
For students who have graduated from level 1.
Level 3: Thursdays 5:00-5:45 pm.
For students who have graduated from level 2.

Maximum enrollment: 5 per class; extra classes will be added if demand warrants.

Instrument info: Students must bring their own clarineo to the first class.  Clarineos can be purchased at Long and McQuade on Cunard St.  A limited number of clarineos are available for rental from Patty.

Suzuki Music Lessons

The Conservatory is pleased to offer music lessons for strings and flute in the Suzuki music pedagogy tradition. The Suzuki method is based on the mother tongue approach and equips young learners with the fundamental skills needed to excel in a lifelong musical devotion that is marked by proper technique, ear training, and community appreciation. 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.

Dalcroze Level 1

Faculty: Susanne Brown

The Dalcroze method of music education 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.

Monday, 5-5:45 Starting in Term 2
Suggested Age: 8-12 yrs

Presto String Orchestra

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 2-5

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