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Early Childhood Programs

Ages 6 and under

MCA is the best place to give your child a great start in the arts.

Because our instructors are so in-tune with the developmental stages and needs of children of this age your child will leave each class with a bounce in their step and eagerly return each week. MCA instructors know just how to strike just the right chord between creating fun, playful learning, and building a solid foundation in the arts. Children as young as 18 months old may start exploring the magical world of dance along with a special grown-up in their life in our “My Grown-up & Me” class.

Please click on the division below to explore offerings that are specifically designed for students ages 6 and under.

Choose your own ARTventure

During these monthly visual arts workshops, young artists will have opportunity to build community and explore the visual arts in a unique way. Participants are invited to take a process-based approach to artistic discovery and skill building.  Students will enhance their artistic decision making skills through a variety of materials such as: clay, watercolor, printmaking…… Each session will include an introduction to the elements of art and how they guide creative process. Art Lab is a place for kids to join a community of artists, let their imaginations take charge and to choose their own art-venture!

Day/Time: Saturdays, K-2nd grade (9-10am), 3rd-5th grade (10:15am- 11:45am), and 6th grade & up (12pm- 1:30pm)

Dates:   Fall:Second Saturdays: Sep. 9, Oct. 14, Nov. 11, and Dec. 9

Winter: Jan.13, Feb. 17, Mar. 17, and April 14

Instructor: Brianna Haupt

Price: $54 for Fall or Winter session or $15 ea.

Family Arts Academy

Family Arts Academy workshops are FREE monthly themed multi-arts experiences that invite the whole family to learn new skills, meet local artists and have fun creating together. Come to one or all, pre-registration recommended. Geared towards kids ages 4-12 and their families, but all ages are welcome.

Art Attack- April 6, 5:30-6:30pm- Free

Jedi Training (back by popular demand!)- May 4, 5:30-6:30pm, Free

Scooby Doo, Sherlock and Detective You- June 5, 5:30-6:30pm, Free

Minecraft Mainia (back by popular demand!)- July 3rd, 5:30-6:30pm, Free

Keeping the Beat- Aug 7th, 5:30-6:30pm, Free

 

Kids Night Out

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is so pleased to partner with the Page Series to offer childcare on-site at MCA's home, the Valencia Arts Center while parents enjoy the KEIGWIN + COMPANY's "Places Please!" Kids will be engaged in a variety of activities that will tickle their creative muscles and be provided with a snack. Tickets for "Places Please!" can be purchased through Pagetheatre.org.

Day/Time: Saturday, Nov. 10, 6:15 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. ("Places Please!" begins at 7 p.m., so parents will have time to get kids settled, grab a drink and then enjoy the show)

Ages: Open to potty-trained kids 3 years & up.

Price: $12 per child (snack included) 

2018 Summer Camp Overview

Mini-Summer Dance Intensive- June 18- 29, 9am-4pm, Monday- Friday, ages 9+ (with approx. 3 years dance experience/ MCA Ballet Level II) Q & A about our Mini-SDI

Super Artist Multi-Arts Camp– June 25-29, Monday-Friday, 9:30am-10:45am, ages 3-5 & K-1st grade.

16th Annual Boarding Summer Dance Intensive (SDI)- NOW 3 WEEKS!  July 8-28, ages 11-22, acceptance by in-person or video audition required.  Q & A about our SDI.

Tap Camp- July 30-Aug. 3, 1pm-5pm, Monday- Friday.

Winona Arts Camp 2018: I Create- August 6-10, Monday- Friday, 9am-3:30pm, 1st-8th grade

NEW! Nutcracker Fairy Tale Camp- August, 13-17 Monday- Friday, 9:30-10:30am, ages 5 & 6 years & 10:45-11:45am, ages 3 & 4 years (pair with Drummin' up Fun for 2.25 hour drop off camp).

NEW! Drummin' up Fun Camp- August, 13-17 Monday- Friday, 9:30-10:30am, ages 3 & 4 years & 10:45-11:45am, ages 5 &6 years (pair with Drummin' up Fun for 2.25 hour drop off camp).

All of these camps will take place at the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts home, The Valencia Arts Center. Please check back soon for more details on these camps, 2018 National Tap Dance Day Celebration workshops, stay strong classes, summer private lessons,  spring dance classes, and Arts Camps at the YMCA by MCA staff.

For full camp descriptions Click Here.

Private Lessons

MCA offers private lessons for all ages and abilities! Our experienced teaching artists prepare students for a lifetime enjoyment of music.

Private lessons are offered year-round. Instruction available in flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, baritone, tuba, violin, cello, guitar, bass. piano, percussion, and voice. Students will be expected to purchase method books the instructor feels best address the student’s needs. Students have the opportunity to perform during MCA’s Annual Fall and Winter Concerts and other performance opportunities based upon instructor recommendations. Some instruments such as the violin, guitar and piano are better suited for young students, if you have a young child who is interested in learning an instrument please contact us at 507-453-5500 for more information or by filling out a registration form indicating an instrument of interest.

  • 4 lessons- $72
  • 8 lessons- $136
  • 12 lessons- $180

Lesson dates and times: Arranged

Instructor and instrument

 

NEW! Drummin' up Fun

Use drums, other instruments and your body to tell stories and explore musical concepts in this fun week-long adventure camp. Friends and family will be invited to an informal showcase on the final day of camp.

Dates: Aug. 13-17 (Monday- Friday)

Time:  Ages: 3-4, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

          Ages: 5-6, 10:45-11:45 p.m. 

Price: $59, price includes a camp t-shirt

Pair with our Nutcracker Fairy Tale Camp and save $10, and daily snack provided between camps. Students will be asked to bring a water bottle each day. Includes camp t-shirt. Students must be potty-trained.

Super Artist Camp

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a Super Camper! During this week long adventure, campers will hone their creative super powers. Exploration in dance, theatre, music and visual arts will take their creativity to new heights. Families are invited to an open house at 10:15 am on the last day of camp.

Dates: June 25-29 (Monday- Friday)

Time: 9:30 – 10:45 a.m.

Age: 3-5 years & K-1st grade (students must be potty-trained)

Price: $59, price includes a camp t-shirt

 

boy with guitar

Suzuki Guitar for 3-8 years

"The Suzuki Guitar Method", sometimes called the "Talent Education Method" teaches music to very young children in much the same way a child acquires language. It consists of daily listening, games and very very small weekly accomplishments. This program is a perfect way instilling the gift of music in young children and also creates an opportunity for a parent to bond with their child while teaching socialization skills, patience, persistence, community, respect, problem solving, and joyful participation. Our instructor, Kerry Klungtvedt, is a nationally registered Suzuki Teacher with many years of experience. The instructor, the parent and the student make up the "Suzuki Triangle". Each has a defined role. The instructor  models beautiful tone and proper technique. The Parent facilitates the daily listening, the music games, review and provides a nurturing home environment. The student's role is to have fun learning!  A brief and free informational meeting is set up with interested families and the instructor prior to registering to ensure that the Suzuki method is the right fit and explain the Suzuki Parent Education process.  Learn more about the Suzuki Method 

Day/Dates: As arranged by instructor and Suzuki family

Age: 3-8 years old with a parent 

Instructor: K. Klungtvedt

Fee: Same as private lessons

*In Fall of 2018 a new Suzuki Class will be formed. Participation is very limited but guitars will be issued to both parents and children to use throughout the program. The Suzuki class program is for ages 4-6 and is comprised of a mix of parent only, parent & child, group and private lessons. Participation is very limited but guitars will be issued to both parents and children to use throughout the program.

My Grown up & Me

Does your child love to move? Children ages 18 months – 3 years old are invited to explore a new environment and connect with a special grown-up in their life. This class will stimulate coordination, balance and listening skills and will be filled with smiles to last a lifetime! Grown-ups attending will be asked to participate along with their child.

Day/Dates: Fridays, May 11-June 15

Time: 5:30-6:00 p.m.

Age: 18 months -3 years by 05/01/18

Fee: $42 (6 classes)

Instructor: J. Dienger

Creative Movement 3-4 years

Children will look forward to class each week as they creatively explore the world of movement.

Day/Dates:   Wednesdays, May 9- June 13

Age: 3-4 years by 5/1/18

Fee: $42 (6 classes)

Instructor: J. Dienger

Boys in Motion Ages 3-4

Calling all super heroes, knights and future athletic stars, this dance class rocks!  Specifically designed for young boys ages 4-6 years, to enhance athletic skills, flexibility, coordination and strength while also being introduced to ballet and contemporary dance.

Day/Dates: Thursdays, May 10-June 14

Time: 4:45-5:15 pm

Age: 3-4 years

Fee: $18 (6 classes)

Instructor: J. Dienger

ballet dancers

Pre-Ballet for 4 year-olds

Playful and engaging first steps into classical ballet.

Day/Dates: Mondays, May 7- June 11 (no class May 28)

Time: 5 - 5:30 p.m.

Age: 4 by 5/1/18

Price: $35 (5 classes)

Instructor:  N. Schleich

Creative Movement 5-6 years

Children will look forward to class each week as they creatively explore the world of movement.

Day/Dates:   Wednesdays, May 9- June 13

Age: 5-6 years by 5/1/18

Fee: $42 (6 classes)

Instructor: J. Dienger

boys dancing

Boys in Motion Ages 5-6

Calling all super heroes, knights and future athletic stars, this dance class rocks!  Specifically designed for young boys ages 4-6 years, to enhance athletic skills, flexibility, coordination and strength while also being introduced to ballet and contemporary dance.

Day/Dates: Thursdays, May 10-June 14

Time: 4:15-4:45pm

Age: 5-6 years

Fee: $18 (6 classes)

Instructor: J. Dienger

Pre-Ballet for 5 year-olds

An imaginative, technique based introduction to classical ballet perfect for your 5 year-old.

Day/Dates:  Mondays, May 7- June 11 (no class May 28)

Time: 4:15-5:00 p.m.

Age: 5 by 5/1/18

Price: $40 (5 classes)

Instructor: N. Schleich

Beginning Ballet

Continued introduction to classical ballet. Designed to build coordination, strength and body awareness through a range of creative techniques perfect for your 6 year-old.

Day/Dates: Fridays, May 11-June 15

Time: 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Fee: $54 (6 classes)

Age: 6 by 5/1/18

Instructor:  N. Schleich

Beginning Hip Hop

Get ready to move to the beat in this fun introduction into the world of hip hop dance with music and moves just right for your age.

Day/Dates: Saturdays, May 5-June 16 (no class May 18)

Time: 10:15-11 a.m.

Age: 6-9 years

Price: $48 (6 classes)

Instructor: J. Dienger

MCA in partnership with the Winona YMCA this Summer

MCA is proud to be partnering once again with the Winona YMCA to offer more opportunities for local kids to explore the arts and get creative this summer. Registration for these camp is through the Winona YMCA at: winonaymca.org

July 23-27- Little Creaters, ages 3-6 years, 8:30am-12:30pm

July 30-Aug. 3- Art Around the World, 1st-5th grade, 8:30am-4:30pm

In addition to the above camps featuring both performing and visual arts, the regular YMCA Childcare program will also take field trips to MCA throughout the summer.

Kids Night Out

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is so pleased to partner with the Page Series to offer childcare on-site at MCA's home, the Valencia Arts Center while parents enjoy the KEIGWIN + COMPANY's "Places Please!" Kids will be engaged in a variety of activities that will tickle their creative muscles and be provided with a snack. Tickets for "Places Please!" can be purchased through Pagetheatre.org.

Day/Time: Saturday, Nov. 10, 6:15 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. ("Places Please!" begins at 7 p.m., so parents will have time to get kids settled, grab a drink and then enjoy the show)

Ages: Open to potty-trained kids 3 years & up.

Price: $12 per child (snack included) 

Family Arts Academy

Family Arts Academy workshops are FREE monthly themed multi-arts experiences that invite the whole family to learn new skills, meet local artists and have fun creating together. Come to one or all, pre-registration recommended. Geared towards kids ages 4-12 and their families, but all ages are welcome.

Art Attack- April 6, 5:30-6:30pm- Free

Jedi Training (back by popular demand!)- May 4, 5:30-6:30pm, Free

Scooby Doo, Sherlock and Detective You- June 5, 5:30-6:30pm, Free

Minecraft Mainia (back by popular demand!)- July 3rd, 5:30-6:30pm, Free

Keeping the Beat- Aug 7th, 5:30-6:30pm, Free

 

2018 Summer Camp Overview

Mini-Summer Dance Intensive- June 18- 29, 9am-4pm, Monday- Friday, ages 9+ (with approx. 3 years dance experience/ MCA Ballet Level II) Q & A about our Mini-SDI

Super Artist Multi-Arts Camp– June 25-29, Monday-Friday, 9:30am-10:45am, ages 3-5 & K-1st grade.

16th Annual Boarding Summer Dance Intensive (SDI)- NOW 3 WEEKS!  July 8-28, ages 11-22, acceptance by in-person or video audition required.  Q & A about our SDI.

Tap Camp- July 30-Aug. 3, 1pm-5pm, Monday- Friday.

Winona Arts Camp 2018: I Create- August 6-10, Monday- Friday, 9am-3:30pm, 1st-8th grade

NEW! Nutcracker Fairy Tale Camp- August, 13-17 Monday- Friday, 9:30-10:30am, ages 5 & 6 years & 10:45-11:45am, ages 3 & 4 years (pair with Drummin' up Fun for 2.25 hour drop off camp).

NEW! Drummin' up Fun Camp- August, 13-17 Monday- Friday, 9:30-10:30am, ages 3 & 4 years & 10:45-11:45am, ages 5 &6 years (pair with Drummin' up Fun for 2.25 hour drop off camp).

All of these camps will take place at the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts home, The Valencia Arts Center. Please check back soon for more details on these camps, 2018 National Tap Dance Day Celebration workshops, stay strong classes, summer private lessons,  spring dance classes, and Arts Camps at the YMCA by MCA staff.

For full camp descriptions Click Here.

Family Arts Academy

Family Arts Academy workshops are FREE monthly themed multi-arts experiences that invite the whole family to learn new skills, meet local artists and have fun creating together. Come to one or all, pre-registration recommended. Geared towards kids ages 4-12 and their families, but all ages are welcome.

Art Attack- April 6, 5:30-6:30pm- Free

Jedi Training (back by popular demand!)- May 4, 5:30-6:30pm, Free

Scooby Doo, Sherlock and Detective You- June 5, 5:30-6:30pm, Free

Minecraft Mainia (back by popular demand!)- July 3rd, 5:30-6:30pm, Free

Keeping the Beat- Aug 7th, 5:30-6:30pm, Free

 

MCA in partnership with the Winona YMCA this Summer

MCA is proud to be partnering once again with the Winona YMCA to offer more opportunities for local kids to explore the arts and get creative this summer. Registration for these camp is through the Winona YMCA at: winonaymca.org

July 23-27- Little Creaters, ages 3-6 years, 8:30am-12:30pm

July 30-Aug. 3- Art Around the World, 1st-5th grade, 8:30am-4:30pm

In addition to the above camps featuring both performing and visual arts, the regular YMCA Childcare program will also take field trips to MCA throughout the summer.

Kids Night Out

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is so pleased to partner with the Page Series to offer childcare on-site at MCA's home, the Valencia Arts Center while parents enjoy the KEIGWIN + COMPANY's "Places Please!" Kids will be engaged in a variety of activities that will tickle their creative muscles and be provided with a snack. Tickets for "Places Please!" can be purchased through Pagetheatre.org.

Day/Time: Saturday, Nov. 10, 6:15 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. ("Places Please!" begins at 7 p.m., so parents will have time to get kids settled, grab a drink and then enjoy the show)

Ages: Open to potty-trained kids 3 years & up.

Price: $12 per child (snack included) 

Family Classes

With busy work and school schedules we know it can be hard to find time to do things as a family so in addition to producing a variety of music, theatre and dance performances for you and your family to enjoy we have 4 classes that will help families make memories, get creative and learn together. Below are descriptions of our Family Classes, but you may also want to check out our Events listing to find out about #MCAontheGo events & performances out in the community.

Family Arts Academy Workshops

Family Arts Academy

Family Arts Academy workshops are FREE monthly themed multi-arts experiences that invite the whole family to learn new skills, meet local artists and have fun creating together. Come to one or all, pre-registration recommended. Geared towards kids ages 4-12 and their families, but all ages are welcome.

Art Attack- April 6, 5:30-6:30pm- Free

Jedi Training (back by popular demand!)- May 4, 5:30-6:30pm, Free

Scooby Doo, Sherlock and Detective You- June 5, 5:30-6:30pm, Free

Minecraft Mainia (back by popular demand!)- July 3rd, 5:30-6:30pm, Free

Keeping the Beat- Aug 7th, 5:30-6:30pm, Free

 

My Grown up & Me

Does your child love to move? Children ages 18 months – 3 years old are invited to explore a new environment and connect with a special grown-up in their life. This class will stimulate coordination, balance and listening skills and will be filled with smiles to last a lifetime! Grown-ups attending will be asked to participate along with their child.

Day/Dates: Fridays, May 11-June 15

Time: 5:30-6:00 p.m.

Age: 18 months -3 years by 05/01/18

Fee: $42 (6 classes)

Instructor: J. Dienger

boy with guitar

Suzuki Guitar for 3-8 years

"The Suzuki Guitar Method", sometimes called the "Talent Education Method" teaches music to very young children in much the same way a child acquires language. It consists of daily listening, games and very very small weekly accomplishments. This program is a perfect way instilling the gift of music in young children and also creates an opportunity for a parent to bond with their child while teaching socialization skills, patience, persistence, community, respect, problem solving, and joyful participation. Our instructor, Kerry Klungtvedt, is a nationally registered Suzuki Teacher with many years of experience. The instructor, the parent and the student make up the "Suzuki Triangle". Each has a defined role. The instructor  models beautiful tone and proper technique. The Parent facilitates the daily listening, the music games, review and provides a nurturing home environment. The student's role is to have fun learning!  A brief and free informational meeting is set up with interested families and the instructor prior to registering to ensure that the Suzuki method is the right fit and explain the Suzuki Parent Education process.  Learn more about the Suzuki Method 

Day/Dates: As arranged by instructor and Suzuki family

Age: 3-8 years old with a parent 

Instructor: K. Klungtvedt

Fee: Same as private lessons

*In Fall of 2018 a new Suzuki Class will be formed. Participation is very limited but guitars will be issued to both parents and children to use throughout the program. The Suzuki class program is for ages 4-6 and is comprised of a mix of parent only, parent & child, group and private lessons. Participation is very limited but guitars will be issued to both parents and children to use throughout the program.

LOCATION

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts
1164 West Howard (10th) Street
Winona, MN 55987

Phone: 507-453-5500
Fax: 507-453-5507

HOURS OF OPERATION

The MCA offices will be closed March 30-April 2nd, 2018

Monday - Tuesday
9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Wednesday
11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Thursday - Friday
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Building and Galleria open during programming

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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