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.
- Master Classes with local and visiting artists.
- 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 holds a variety of concerts open to the public. Performances include Fall & Winter Private Lesson Concerts and Jazz Combos performances. Winter 2018 performances will include: Guitar Master Class with Jeffrey Van on March 11, Jazz Combo performances on Feb. 28 & March 21,and MCA Spring Division Concert on March 28th. Please visit our Events Page for a full list of Music Division Concerts & other MCA events.
To inquire about instrumental private lessons, fill out a registration form that may be reached by clicking on the “inquire now” button or Register tab, including the questions about music background and interest and we will be in contact shortly. You may skip over the the credit card information and class enrollment sections.
Music Division Classes
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. 9- 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: Tuesdays, Jan. 16- Feb. 20
Time: 10 - 10:30 a.m.
Age: Birth-5 years with a caregiver
Fee: $42 per child or $69 per family
Guitar Master Class with Jeffrey Van
Day/Dates: Sunday, March 11, 2018
Instructor(s): Jeffrey Van
Price: Participants -Free (thanks for sponsorship from Hardt's Music), Observation- Free (Open to public)
Homeschool Songwriting Workshop with Amanda Grace
Have you always wanted to try to write a song? Here is your chance to join kids your age in a group setting; working side by side with local singer/songwriter Amanda Grace on a song that YOU help write! Students will enjoy getting lost in the process and showcasing their song with a live performance on the last day of class. Read about our songwriting showcase last summer.
Day/Dates: Tuesdays, Jan. 16- Feb. 20
Age: 7-12 years
Instructor: Amanda Grace
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, Jan. 12- Feb. 9
Instructor(s): J. Schwaba
Price: $45 (5 classes)
Music Games with WSU for ages 6-12 @ MCA
Come sing and move with Winona State University’s Music Education Classroom Methods students and professor! Part of the process of learning to teach classroom music in the elementary school is learning to lead students in singing games and play parties. Play parties are songs with movement—almost like folk dances but with a strong element of “play”—from early in American history. Singing games have been created and played over the generations by children from countries all over the world as well as the United States. Cathy Schmidt—the professor for the methods class—will be model teaching some of this rich repertoire with her students and would like you to join in, the students in the methods class will be trying their hand at teaching some singing games and play parties as well. (The students will be teaching different songs and games—there shouldn’t be any repetition from the week before.) Anyone age 6 and up is welcome to join in the fun on both days. These songs and activities are fun for all ages. This is a free opportunity, but registration is required.
Day/Dates: Winter 2018 TBA
Instructor(s): Cathy Schmidt and Winona State University Music Education Students
Price: Free, but registration is required
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
Cast Member Price: $65
Ticket cost: $5 (Tickets-on sale during MCA business hours April 23-28 and 1 hour prior to performances at the door. Cash or check only.
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)
Camp Broadway- June 18-22, Monday-Friday, 9am-3:30pm, 2nd-4th grade & 5th-8th grade
Castles and Kingdoms 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- 1 week in August TBA, Monday- Friday, 9am-3:30pm, 2nd-4th grade & 5th-8th grade.
Imagine That Camp- 1 week in August TBA, Monday- Friday, 9:30-10:45am, ages 3-5 & K-1st grade.
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.
After Jazz Combo rehearsals and performances my son feels fabulous! He is on cloud 9 after an evening of making music with his peers.
Parent of Jazz Combo Student
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.
While attending the Winona Arts Camp I learned that I wasn’t shy after all!
Master performer, composer, and former University of Minnesota professor Jeffrey Van will conduct a master guitar class for students of the classical guitar at the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) on Sunday, March 11, 2018, 12:15-1:45pm.read more
We are so excited to release our Winter Catalog for Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts programming from January- April 2018. Registration will open on Nov. 1st, 2017. Until then you can browse the new and old favorites and save the date for the classes that will keep you and your family happy and healthy this winter!read more
For those families who like to plan, here is a little glimpse at what the summer of 2018 will look like at MCA, it so going to be another packed but exciting summer!read more