Classes & Programs / OutreachHomeschoolers
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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.
Beginning Guitar Class for Homeschoolers
This class is a great opportunity to learn this versatile and popular instrument while joyfully gaining new knowledge of music fundamentals. The class will consist of individual and group exercises that will help students prepare for a short showcase for friends and family on the last day of classes. No guitar? No problem! Thanks to generous grant funding, MCA has guitars for elementary school-aged children to use upon request and availability.
Day/Time: Wednesday, Feb. 13- March 20
Time: 10:30-11:30 am
Ages: 8 years+
Instructor: Kerry Klungtvedt
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
Homeschool Visual Art Show
The 6th annual Winona Area Homeschool Art show will take place January 2020. 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 email@example.com for details. Items for the show may be dropped off starting Dec. 1st. Students are encouraged to submit more than one piece of art (only 2-D pieces that are can be tapped or pinned on the wall, framed pieces with hanging hardware attached can also be submitted.) and as space permits extra pieces will be hung. View the current Galleria Valencia Schedule.
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, winter and summer 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
2019 PTA Reflections
Since 1969, the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Reflections program has encouraged students across the nation to explore their artistic talents. The PTA Reflections program is designed to promote cultural arts in schools, encouraging students to create works of art in visual arts, photography, literature, music, dance, film and special artist categories. Every March since 2016 the walls of Galleria Valéncia have been adorned with all of the Minnesota state winners visual arts division of the 2018 Minnesota State PTA Reflections program. That will still be the case in 2019, but the newest development is that MCA is now a registered Northstar Minnesota PTA unit in good standing and any area youth in Preschool-Twelfth Grade is able to submit a work into the Reflections program now- Jan. 15, 2019. The program is open to any area youth that has been an MCA student within the past year, as long as the student’s school does not have a PTA unit regardless if they attend a public, private, charter school or are home educated.
Submission Deadline: Now through Jan. 15, 2019
Reflections Art Exhibit at MCA: March 2019
Ages: Preschool- 12th grade
Categories: Visual Arts, Photography, Literature, Music, Dance, Film & Special Artist
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