Classes & ProgramsFamily Programs
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 multi-age 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.
My Grown up & Me
Does your child love to move? Children ages 18 mos.–3 years 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.
Date: Thursdays, Aug. 29–Nov. 14 (No class Sept. 19 and Oct. 31)
Time: 5:30–6 pm Age: 18 mo.–3 years (by Aug. 1)
Instructor: J. Dienger
*This class is also offered on-site at the Winona Family YMCA by an MCA Instructor. Click here for more info.
Parents! Come learn how to teach your little one the guitar and have fun doing it. Geared for parents with children ages 4-6 years old, The Suzuki Guitar Method is based on the way a child acquires language. Besides instilling the gift of music, it is also an opportunity to bond with your 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. This program is comprised of a mix of parent only, parent & child, group and private lessons. For this exciting pilot program participation is very limited but guitars will be issued to both parents and children to use throughout the program.
Winter: Saturdays, Jan. 28-March 25
Time: class 10:00am-10:30am, lesson scheduled directly prior or after
Age: 4-6 years old with a parent or guardian
Instructor: K. Klungtvedt
Price: $189 (include guitar rental for both adult and child guitar)
We are the Willows Homeschool Songwriting & Storytelling Workshop
Come join the musicians of We are the Willows to discuss the creation of their album, Picture (Portrait), based on 350 letters sent between lead singer/songwriter Peter Miller's grandparents in WWII. Workshop participants will explore their own family histories and discuss creative processes, develop creative habits and practices, and explore songwriting and storytelling together.
This is a Page Series workshop geared towards ages 7-12, but families are welcome to join. Visit pagetheatre.org for more information about We are the Willows and their residency and performances in Winona, March 25-30.
Day/Time: Friday, March 29,1-2:30pm
Ages: 7-12 years, but families are welcome to join.
Where: Valéncia Arts Center (Home of MN Conservatory for the Arts) 1164 W. Howard Street, Winona (map)
Fee: Free, thanks to Page Theatre
Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) is so proud to be the home of a new piano lab that was created to serve students of all ages in a group setting. Though MCA has provided private piano lessons for many years this new state-of-the-art electronic lab allows piano instruction in a unique way that allows students to work together and independently while being instructed by a professional teaching artist.
Join Piano Instructor, Lauren Mechell on during our Fall Open House on Saturday, August, 24th, 10am-11am for a free mini-lesson in the piano lab (no registration required)!
Singers in Winona and the surrounding areas are invited to join the Valéncia Chorale, a new adult community choir for mixed voices under the direction of Dr. Patrick O’Shea. The Valéncia Chorale will rehearse at the Valéncia Arts Center, which houses the Minnesota Conservatory of the Arts, and will explore repertoire of a variety of styles and periods. No audition is necessary to register, but the director will want to hear all singers individually at some point to ensure proper sectional placement. High school-age singers (14-18) may register with the consent of the director. Rehearsals will be on Thursday evenings from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. in the Valencia Arts Center Recital Hall.
Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) is thrilled to introduce the school year 2019-2020 school year members of Main reACTion. Main reACTion is a youth comedy improv troupe that performs throughout the community, look for them in their bright yellow shirts at Shutdown Third Street on Sept. 21st and at Minnesota Marine Art Museum’s Second Saturday on November 9th, check our events page and social media often for performance updates.