Classes & ProgramsMusic
MCA’s music division offers classes, workshops, master classes, ensembles, private lesson instruction, informal and formal concerts, community outreach performances and summer camps.
- Private lesson instruction in cello, flute, violin, piano, voice, clarinet and all brass instruments.
- Jazz Combos- featuring 3 combos for students in grades 6-12.
- Multi-arts Summer camps.
- Teacher and parent workshops.
Let MCA provide you and your child with fun and enriching music education!
Each year the MCA Music Division hold a variety of concerts open to the public. Performances include Fall & Winter Private Lesson Concerts and Jazz Combos performances. Please visit our Events Page for a full list of Music Division Concerts & other MCA events.
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 for more information.
- 4 lessons- $72
- 8 lessons- $136
- 12 lessons- $180
Lesson dates and times: Arranged
Jazz combos help students learn the art of jazz in a small ensemble setting. The Jazz Combo session will provide basic instruction in jazz-related rhythm, tone, style, concept, listening skills, and improvisation. The ultimate goal of these ensembles is to give interested students the opportunity to study and perform jazz ensemble literature. The combos will pay at a variety community performances, TBA All musicians and instruments are welcome, but space is limited.
Day/Time: Tues. 6:30-7:30pm, Wed. 6:15-7:15pm, Wed. 7:15-8:15pm
Dates: Winter Semester: Jan. 10- March 15
Age: Grades 6-12
Instructor: D. Gudmastad
Price: $99 (10 classes) Combo practice times are flexible and dependent on the needs of the members. Contact director with questions.
Click here to see MCA Jazz Combos in Action.
Music for Little Movers
You and your child will squeal with delight as you wiggle and spin with Amanda to both original and favorite preschool songs. This class will explore new topics each week including colors, animals, and seasons. It is designed to develop your child’s motor skills, tickle their ears and create a fun memories.
Instructor: Amanda Grace
Date: Wednesdays, Sept. 6-27
Time: 10 - 10:30 a.m.
Age: Birth-5 years with a caregiver
Fee: $32 per child or $50 per family
Fall Registration Open Soon!
Winona Arts Camp 2017: Improv Everywhere “Unexpected in the Arts”
Join MCA and Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM) for the 3rd annual integrated arts summer camp. This year’s theme is “Improv Everywhere.” Get ready to think quick on your feet, flex your creative muscles and discover the joy of the unexpected in music, theatre, dance and visual arts. Families are invited to attend a lively showcase at 3pm on final day of camp.
Dates: August 7-11 (Monday- Friday)
Time: 9:00- 3:30 p.m.
Age: 2nd – 4th & 5th – 8th grade
Price: $199. Fee includes camp t-shirt, daily snack and admission to the MMAM. Students will need to bring a lunch and water bottle daily.
Come experience the magical world of musical theatre. Students will be introduced to basic theatre skills such as stage presence, singing, dancing, and performing with a partner. Banish stage fright through games, group activities, and movement exercises. No prior experience necessary, but new material will be covered for continuing students. Families will be invited to an informal showcase at the end of the session.
Day/Dates: Fridays, Sept. 1-29
Instructor(s): Jamie Schwaba
Price: $45 (5 classes)
Registration Open Soon.
Prairie Fire Children's Theatre (PFCT) will be back in Winona to present their original version of the classic tale, "Aladdin". "Aladdin", with script and music by Daniel Nordquist and costume and set design by Deborah Nelson-Pick is an exotic journey full of fun and surprises. Students aged 7-18 will be cast in the original musical production of “Aladdin”. Any student registered will be cast in this week-long production. All cast members are required to participate in the audition process on April 23rd to determine their role. Cast members MUST be available for rehearsals Monday- Friday, 4pm-8:15pm and performances on Friday April 27th at 7pm and Saturday, April 28th at 2pm. Performances are in MCA’s Academy Theatre at the Valencia Arts Center.
Day/Dates: Monday-Saturday, April 23-28
Times: TBA (depends on role assigned, see time frames above)
Instructor(s): Professional Actors/Directors from Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre
Registration Open Soon.
After Jazz Combo rehearsals and performances my son feels fabulous! He is on cloud 9 after an evening of making music with his peers.
The MCA combos help me step out of my comfort zone and be with people outside my school. And I got to play a new instrument. There is no pressure to be awesome, just do the best you can.Hannah
While attending the Winona Arts Camp I learned that I wasn’t shy after all!Lucy
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