Classes & Programs / Outreach

Homeschoolers

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts offers a daytime classes specifically designed for homeschool students.

With a special focus on collaboration and artistry, homeschool classes and daytime performances are the perfect addition to any homeschool curriculum.

Families can take advantage of our family discount and enjoy free Wi-Fi in the lobby if they decide to wait while classes are in session. Our Homeschool Enrichment Program is featured in this Winona Daily News article.

The annual Homeschool Art Exhibit in Galleria Valencia is a perfect way to showcase and motivate your young visual artists. MCA is also able to create customized classes and workshops in dance, theatre, music and visual art for homeschooled students to suit your groups needs. Please contact Jamie at 507-453-5501 or jschwaba@smumn.edu for more information.

Live Performances

Each year MCA offers a variety of live performances including Dance Concerts, Music Division and Jazz Combos Concerts, Theatrical performances and more.  Many of these performances are free and open to the public.  Other performances including our annual Spring Dance Concert and biennial production of classic ballet, The Nutcracker (Dec. 2018 will be our next Nutcracker production) hold special abridged daytime matinees at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s Page Theatre, designed for groups of young audience members and are offered at the discounted rate of only $3 per performance.  For information about matinee performances please visit the Page Theatre. Visit our Events page for information about our other events.

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

Time: 10:30-11:30am

Age: 7-12 years

Instructor: Amanda Grace

Price: $39

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Homeschool Visual Art Show

The third annual Winona Area Homeschool Art show will take place January 2018. It is free to participate in this show and it is open to homeschool students of all ages, announcements will be made through the Winona Area Homeschoolers, but others may contact Megan at: 507-453-5500 or mca@smumn.edu for details. Items for the show may be dropped off starting Dec. 4-Dec.21. Students may submit more than one piece of art (only 2-D pieces that can be tapped or pinned on the wall) and as space permits extra pieces will be hung. View the current Galleria Valencia Schedule.

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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 for more information.

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

Lesson dates and times: Arranged

Instructor and instrument

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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 on September 12th from 9:30 AM until 10:30 AM (when the Homeschoolers Act-it-Out class begins at MCA). On September 19th & 21st, 9:30-10:30am, 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 by emailing Jamie Schwaba, at jschwaba@smumn.edu.

Day/Dates: Winter 2018 TBA

Times: TBA

Instructor(s): Cathy Schmidt and Winona State University Music Education Students

Price: Free, but registration is required 

I like our piano teacher’s enthusiasm. I appreciate that you offer dance classes which do not require girls to dress in immodest clothing.

Parent of MCA Music & Dance Students

I love the atmosphere and environment. I think MCA and the community within it exudes positivity, and that is something that I haven’t experienced in the past. I feel at home at MCA.

Parent of MCA Dancer

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

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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