Try a private lesson!

We suggest adults start with 45 minute or 60 minute lessons. Not sure which instrument is right for you? No problem! We offer Trial Lessons for students who would like to get to meet their teacher and try the instrument before beginning weekly lessons.

Please call 413-732-8428, ext. 104, to speak with our registrar about scheduling your lesson and choosing your instructor. You may rent instruments, based on availability. Faculty and staff will gladly assist you in making the decision to rent or purchase.

“The quality of my instructor is excellent. She really knows how to teach an adult.” -Sal, viola student

“Music put a missing piece back in my life. Like many adults, it’s wonderful to once again feel the enchantment music held for us in our younger years.” -Jon, saxophone student

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Classes and Ensembles for Adults

Adult Ellingtonia Jazz Workshop
Instrumentation: alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, clarinet, trumpets, trombones, guitar, piano, bass and drums. All levels are welcome. While improvisational skills are not necessarily required, participants should be able to read music. Featuring music from Ellington affiliates; Billy Strayhorn, Johnny Hodges, Bubber Miley, Rex Stewart, Cootie Williams, Barney Bigard, Juan Tizol and Paul Gonsalves. Workshops will cover: Rehearsals, Jazz Improvisation and Theory, Listening Sessions, Jazz History, Stylistic Analysis and Interpretation. Public concerts at CMSS Robyn Newhouse Hall will be scheduled.

Wayne Roberts, Instructor
Ages 21 and up

Wednesdays, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
$325 per 10-week session
Workshop dates:
Session 1: 8/30, 9/6, 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1
Session 2: 11/29, 12/6, 12/13, 1/3, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14
Session 3: 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23
2017-18 dates forthcoming.

Women’s Choral Ensemble
Advanced intermediate, advanced young and adult singers are invited to share the fun and challenge of a new ensemble. The material will be drawn from medieval through contemporary music. Ensemble study includes musical practices of the time and choral technique. While sight reading is not required, the desire to learn is appreciated.

Joan Marcil, Instructor
Mondays 5:30 pm-6:30 pm
TUITION-FREE to qualified singers; registration fee still applies.

Chamber Music Groups
Our Chamber Music Program places students into small ensembles that work together weekly with a faculty coach and perform without a conductor. These ensembles could range from string quartets to piano four-hands to wind trios—the make-up of the program will depend on which students audition. Chamber music presents unique challenges. Students learn how their individual part contributes to the whole, while listening to their fellow ensemble members.
Please contact Christiana Racicot, Registrar, for details and audition information: 413-732-8428, ext. 104