Programs & Classes

Youth Programs

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is a full service arts conservatory that provides quality arts education in music, theatre, dance and visual art. Information about inspiring, nurturing and non-competitive programs specifically designed for children aged 6 and up are listed below.

Choose your own ARTventure

During these monthly visual arts workshops, young artists will have opportunity to build community and explore the visual arts in a unique way. Participants are invited to take a process-based approach to artistic discovery and skill building.  Students will enhance their artistic decision making skills through a variety of materials such as: clay, watercolor, printmaking…… Each session will include an introduction to the elements of art and how they guide creative process. Art Lab is a place for kids to join a community of artists, let their imaginations take charge and to choose their own art-venture!

Day/Time: Saturdays, K-2nd grade (9-10am), 3rd-5th grade (10:15am- 11:45am), and 6th grade & up (12pm- 1:30pm)

Dates:   Fall:Second Saturdays: Sep. 9, Oct. 14, Nov. 11, and Dec. 9

Winter: Jan.13, Feb. 17, Mar. 17, and April 14

Instructor: Brianna Haupt

Price: $54 for Fall or Winter session or $15 ea.

Create a Comic Workshop

This workshop is in celebration of the holiday Free Comic Book Day (Always the first Saturday in May). During the workshop young artists will celebrate the art of comic books and learn about how to create their very own comic. Drawing comics is a great way to promote literacy skills and for kids to flex their creative muscles.

Day/Time: Saturday, May 7th, K-2nd grade (10 - 11 a.m.) & 3rd-5th grade (11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.)

Price: $15 (all supplies and snack included)

Instructors: Brianna Haupt

 

Family Arts Academy

Family Arts Academy workshops are FREE monthly themed multi-arts experiences that invite the whole family to learn new skills, meet local artists and have fun creating together. Come to one or all, pre-registration recommended. Geared towards kids ages 4-12 and their families, but all ages are welcome.

Art Attack- April 6, 5:30-6:30pm- Free

Jedi Training (back by popular demand!)- May 4, 5:30-6:30pm, Free

Scooby Doo, Sherlock and Detective You- June 5, 5:30-6:30pm, Free

Minecraft Maina (back by popular demand!)- July 3rd, 5:30-6:30pm, Free

Keeping the Beat- Aug 7th, 5:30-6:30pm, Free

 

Multi-generational Collage

In this intergenerational workshop older adults and youth ages 7-12 will be invited to explore a variety of collage techniques through group and individual instruction. Within the eight sessions, will experience artistic decision-making first hand and gain understanding of the creative process. Instruction will include terminology and techniques that will be used to create final pieces out of cut paper and found objects. A culminating exhibit will take place to showcase final projects.

Day/Time: Wednesdays, June 6-August 1, 12:00-1:30pm , Exhibit at MCA

Location: Winona Friendship Center, 251 Main St. Winona, MN 55987

Ages: Adults 55+ years, this workshop also welcomes kids ages 7-12 to register for an opportunity to hone their arts kills and interact with a different generation.

Teaching Artist: Brianna Haupt

Price: Free thanks to a Seeding Vitality Arts MN initiative Grant made possible through Aroha Philanthropies.

Register: Though this workshop is free, participation is limited. Please register today through MCA's Online System or return this Paper Registration Form to the MCA office or the office of our partner's at the Winona Friendship Center.

 

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) Q & A about our Mini-SDI

Super Artist 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 2018: I Create- August 6-10, Monday- Friday, 9am-3:30pm, 1st-8th grade

NEW! Nutcracker Fairy Tale Camp- August, 13-17 Monday- Friday, 9:30-10:30am, ages 5 & 6 years & 10:45-11:45am, ages 3 & 4 years (pair with Drummin' up Fun for 2.25 hour drop off camp).

NEW! Drummin' up Fun Camp- August, 13-17 Monday- Friday, 9:30-10:30am, ages 3 & 4 years & 10:45-11:45am, ages 5 &6 years (pair with Drummin' up Fun for 2.25 hour drop off camp).

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.

MCA at the Winona YMCA this Summer

MCA is proud to be partnering once again with the Winona YMCA to offer more opportunities for local kids to explore the arts and get creative this summer. Registration for these camp is through the Winona YMCA at: winonaymca.org

July 23-27- Little Creaters, ages 3-6 years, 8:30am-12:30pm

July 30-Aug. 3- Art Around the World, 1st-5th grade, 8:30am-4:30pm

In addition to the above camps featuring both performing and visual arts, the regular YMCA Childcare program will also take field trips to MCA throughout the summer.

Aladdin

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.

Shakespeare for Homeschoolers Workshop Ages 10-12

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) is excited partner with Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF) to offer two exciting opportunities designed to transport area homeschool students into the world of Shakespeare and theatre. Join GRSF company member, Benjamin Boucvault, and Education Director Carrie Nath for this two hour workshop As you prep to present at The Queen’s Court (wouldn’t want you to lose your head!) and dive into lively country dances. Then embrace your inner hero, villain, or magical creature bringing Shakespeare’s tragic tale of Macbeth to the stage through movement, voice, character development and text and scene analysis. Double Double Toil and Trouble of the best kind!

Day/Dates: Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Times: 10 am- Noon

Instructor(s):  Great River Shakespeare Festival Actor Benjamin Boucvault, and Education Director Carrie Nath

Price: $18,MCA family discount can be applied for families with with multiple students enrolling.

Visit our blog for instructor bios and more details.

Shakespeare for Homeschoolers Workshop Ages 13-18

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) is excited partner with Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF) to offer two exciting opportunities designed to transport area homeschool students into the world of Shakespeare and theatre. Join GRSF company member, Benjamin Boucvault, and Education Director Carrie Nath for this two hour workshop exploring Shakespeare’s world through customs of the Queen’s Court, lively country dances and basic elements of combat; then take an actor’s approach through text and scene analysis with an opportunity to hone and shape presentational skills through acting exercises based in movement, voice and character development – all in a hands on, fun environment.

Day/Dates: Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Times: 1:00 pm-3:00 pm

Instructor(s):  Great River Shakespeare Festival Actor Benjamin Boucvault, and Education Director Carrie Nath

Price: $18,MCA family discount can be applied for families with with multiple students enrolling.

Visit our blog for instructor bios and more details.

NEW! Musical Theatre Dance, 8-12 years

Unleash your creative side while dancing to new and classic songs from the Broadway stage.  Dancers will work on perfecting dance technique while bringing a character to life.

Day/Dates: Saturdays, May 5-June 16 (No class May 18th)

Time:  9:00-10:00 a.m.

Age: 8-12 years

Price: $56 (6 classes)

Instructor: J. Dienger

Family Arts Academy

Family Arts Academy workshops are FREE monthly themed multi-arts experiences that invite the whole family to learn new skills, meet local artists and have fun creating together. Come to one or all, pre-registration recommended. Geared towards kids ages 4-12 and their families, but all ages are welcome.

Art Attack- April 6, 5:30-6:30pm- Free

Jedi Training (back by popular demand!)- May 4, 5:30-6:30pm, Free

Scooby Doo, Sherlock and Detective You- June 5, 5:30-6:30pm, Free

Minecraft Maina (back by popular demand!)- July 3rd, 5:30-6:30pm, Free

Keeping the Beat- Aug 7th, 5:30-6:30pm, Free

 

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) Q & A about our Mini-SDI

Super Artist 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 2018: I Create- August 6-10, Monday- Friday, 9am-3:30pm, 1st-8th grade

NEW! Nutcracker Fairy Tale Camp- August, 13-17 Monday- Friday, 9:30-10:30am, ages 5 & 6 years & 10:45-11:45am, ages 3 & 4 years (pair with Drummin' up Fun for 2.25 hour drop off camp).

NEW! Drummin' up Fun Camp- August, 13-17 Monday- Friday, 9:30-10:30am, ages 3 & 4 years & 10:45-11:45am, ages 5 &6 years (pair with Drummin' up Fun for 2.25 hour drop off camp).

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.

DANCE (age based)

Below are all of the age based dance classes that do not require placement by instructor. Dancers who have 1-2 years of experience in a style of dance should contact our office 507-453-5500 and we are happy to help place you in the right class or suggest the right level(s) to trial.

Ballet I

Beginning classical ballet basics, including the introduction of barre work.

Day/Dates: Saturdays, May 12- June 16

Time: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Age: 7 & up by 5/1/18

Price: $54 (6 Classes)

Instructor: Rachael Nehring

Beginning Hip Hop

Get ready to move to the beat in this fun introduction into the world of hip hop dance with music and moves just right for your age.

Day/Dates: Saturdays, May 5-June 16 (no class May 18)

Time: 10:15-11 a.m.

Age: 6-9 years

Price: $48 (6 classes)

Instructor: J. Dienger

Jazz I

Beginning level of traditional jazz dance.

Day/Dates: Fridays, May 11- June 15

Time: 4:30-5:15pm

Age: 8 years & up

Price: $48 (6 classes)

Instructor: B. Mosser

Modern I

No need to lace up shoes, come and explore beginning level of modern dance in your bare feet.

Day/Dates: Fridays, Jan. May 11-June 15

Time: 5:30-6:15 p.m.

Age: 7+ years, by 5/1/18

Price: $48 (6 Classes)

Instructor: B. Mosser

boys dancing

Boys in Motion Ages 5-6

Calling all super heroes, knights and future athletic stars, this dance class rocks!  Specifically designed for young boys ages 4-6 years, to enhance athletic skills, flexibility, coordination and strength while also being introduced to ballet and contemporary dance.

Day/Dates: Thursdays, May 10-June 14

Time: 4:15-4:45pm

Age: 5-6 years

Fee: $18 (6 classes)

Instructor: J. Dienger

Irish I

Introduction to Irish Dance technique.  Students will learn basic jig and reel steps, along with ceili dances.

Day/Dates:  Wed. May 9- June 13

Time: 5-5:45pm

Age: 5 years & up

Price: $48 (6 classes)

Instructor: Alanna Duffy Pelowski

Creative Movement 5-6 years

Children will look forward to class each week as they creatively explore the world of movement.

Day/Dates:   Wednesdays, May 9- June 13

Age: 5-6 years by 5/1/18

Fee: $42 (6 classes)

Instructor: J. Dienger

NEW! Nutcracker Fairy Tale Camp

Journey with Clara and the Nutcracker to the lands of snow and sweets as you creatively explore the world of ballet and this classic tale.
Friends and family will be invited to an informal showcase on the final day of camp. 

Dates: Aug. 13-17 (Monday- Friday)

Time:  Ages: 5-6, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

          Ages 3-4, 10:45-11:45 p.m. 

Price: $49 (Early Bird Special), $59 (after May 1) price includes a camp t-shirt

Pair with Drummin’ up Fun and save $10, and daily snack provided between camps. $88 both camps (Early Bird), $108 (after May 1). Students will be asked to bring a water bottle each day. Includes camp t-shirt. Students must be potty-trained.

Boys Dance

This high energy class just for boys focuses on building technique and strength while exploring classical and contemporary dance disciplines such as hip hop, ballet, modern and jazz dance. All experience levels welcome. 

Day/Dates: Tuesdays, May 8- June 12

Age: 7-12

Time: 6:15-7:00 p.m.

Fee: $18 (6 classes)

Instructor: J. Dienger

National Tap Dance Day workshops

Each class will include tap technique, warm-ups and rehearsal to learn a choreographed piece to be performed in the Twin Cities National Tap Dance Day (NTDD) celebration. Even if you do not plan to attend NTDD, you are still welcome to participate and learn! Each year tap celebrations are held in honor of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson’s birthday. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity. 

Dates: Classes May 1- May 25, Performance on May 27, in Twin Cities as part of a larger NTDD Celebration organized by Keane Sense of Rhythm.

Tap for Kids & Tap I- Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:15-6:15pm $96 (ages 6 years and up ), Instructor: J. Dienger

Tap II/III*– 6:30-7:45pm Wednesdays and Fridays, $112 Instructor: C. Martin

Tap IV & V*– 5-6:30pm Wednesdays and Fridays, $112, Instructor: C. Martin

Dancers will wear MCA Tapper Shirts, new ones can be purchased for $12 in the office.

*Please don't let the lack of tap shoes be a barrier, we have a tap shoes that can be borrowed in most sizes, just ask our office.

 

NEW! Tappin’ Technique Time

A great compliment to those who participate in NTDD workshop to focus on the fundamentals of tap technique or for those 6+ who are excited to explore this fascinating dance form! Students will stomp, flap, and shuffle their way through this fun, rhythm filled class.

Day/Dates: Tuesdays & Thursdays, May 29- June 14

Time: 5:15-6:15 pm

Age:  6-12 years (with 2 years or less experience), by 5/1/18

Price: $54 (6  classes)

Instructor:  J. Dienger

Family Arts Academy

Family Arts Academy workshops are FREE monthly themed multi-arts experiences that invite the whole family to learn new skills, meet local artists and have fun creating together. Come to one or all, pre-registration recommended. Geared towards kids ages 4-12 and their families, but all ages are welcome.

Art Attack- April 6, 5:30-6:30pm- Free

Jedi Training (back by popular demand!)- May 4, 5:30-6:30pm, Free

Scooby Doo, Sherlock and Detective You- June 5, 5:30-6:30pm, Free

Minecraft Maina (back by popular demand!)- July 3rd, 5:30-6:30pm, Free

Keeping the Beat- Aug 7th, 5:30-6:30pm, Free

 

NEW! Musical Theatre Dance, 8-12 years

Unleash your creative side while dancing to new and classic songs from the Broadway stage.  Dancers will work on perfecting dance technique while bringing a character to life.

Day/Dates: Saturdays, May 5-June 16 (No class May 18th)

Time:  9:00-10:00 a.m.

Age: 8-12 years

Price: $56 (6 classes)

Instructor: J. Dienger

NEW! Musical Theatre Dance, 13+ years

During this fun, fast-paced class dancers will explore musical theatre pioneers of past and present. A special focus will be placed on style development and storytelling.

Day/Dates: Fridays, May 11-June 15 

Time:  4:00-5:00 p.m.

Age: 13+ years

Price: $56 (6 classes)

Instructor: J. Dienger

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) Q & A about our Mini-SDI

Super Artist 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 2018: I Create- August 6-10, Monday- Friday, 9am-3:30pm, 1st-8th grade

NEW! Nutcracker Fairy Tale Camp- August, 13-17 Monday- Friday, 9:30-10:30am, ages 5 & 6 years & 10:45-11:45am, ages 3 & 4 years (pair with Drummin' up Fun for 2.25 hour drop off camp).

NEW! Drummin' up Fun Camp- August, 13-17 Monday- Friday, 9:30-10:30am, ages 3 & 4 years & 10:45-11:45am, ages 5 &6 years (pair with Drummin' up Fun for 2.25 hour drop off camp).

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.

Dance Repertory Company

In addition to dance classes, an exciting part of learning experience for MCA students is performance opportunities. Students may audition for MCA's pre-professional performing ensemble, the Dance Repertory Company (DRC), or MCA's junior performing troupe, Dance Repertory Company II. DRC produces two production annually. Biannually DRC presents a full-length production of the traditional holiday classic The Nutcracker.  

Important Upcoming DRC & DRC II Dates

Cinderella Performances: April 19-22 at the Page Theatre on the St. Mary’s University Campus

Nutcracker Audition Workshops: Aug. 22 during MCA's Fall Open House

Nutcracker Auditions: Sept. 8th, 3pm, ages 5+ are invited to audition.

10th Anniversary Nutcracker Performances: Nov. 28-Dec. 2 at the Page Theatre on the St. Mary's University Campus

For more information about auditioning for DRC, ordering tickets or past productions click here.

MCA Classes at Winona YMCA

NEW! Art Lab

Session II: March 15th- April 19th (ages 8-12)

Times: Thursdays, 4:45-5:45pm

Instructor: Brianna Haupt

Location: YMCA Youth Center

Pre-Ballet

March 13th-April 17th

Tuesday, 9:00 – 9:30 AM (3-5 years)

Instructor: N. Schleich

YMCA Member / Non-Member: $45 / $55

Beginning Hip Hop

March 12th-April 16th

Session 1: Monday, 4:00 – 4:40 PM (5 – 7 year olds)
Session 2: Monday, 4:40 – 5:20 PM (8 – 12 year olds)

Instructor: Danielle Schleich

YMCA Member / Non-Member: $45 / $55

Click Here to see full descriptions of YMCA Programs and how to register

MCA at the Winona YMCA this Summer

MCA is proud to be partnering once again with the Winona YMCA to offer more opportunities for local kids to explore the arts and get creative this summer. Registration for these camp is through the Winona YMCA at: winonaymca.org

July 23-27- Little Creaters, ages 3-6 years, 8:30am-12:30pm

July 30-Aug. 3- Art Around the World, 1st-5th grade, 8:30am-4:30pm

In addition to the above camps featuring both performing and visual arts, the regular YMCA Childcare program will also take field trips to MCA throughout the summer.

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 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

Instructor and instrument

 

NEW! Drummin' up Fun

Use drums, other instruments and your body to tell stories and explore musical concepts in this fun week-long adventure camp. Friends and family will be invited to an informal showcase on the final day of camp.

Dates: Aug. 13-17 (Monday- Friday)

Time:  Ages: 3-4, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

          Ages: 5-6, 10:45-11:45 p.m. 

Price: $49 (Early Bird Special), $59 (after May 1) price includes a camp t-shirt

Pair with our Nutcracker Fairy Tale Camp and save $10, and daily snack provided between camps. $88 both camps (Early Bird), $108 (after May 1). Students will be asked to bring a water bottle each day. Includes camp t-shirt. Students must be potty-trained.

Family Arts Academy

Family Arts Academy workshops are FREE monthly themed multi-arts experiences that invite the whole family to learn new skills, meet local artists and have fun creating together. Come to one or all, pre-registration recommended. Geared towards kids ages 4-12 and their families, but all ages are welcome.

Art Attack- April 6, 5:30-6:30pm- Free

Jedi Training (back by popular demand!)- May 4, 5:30-6:30pm, Free

Scooby Doo, Sherlock and Detective You- June 5, 5:30-6:30pm, Free

Minecraft Maina (back by popular demand!)- July 3rd, 5:30-6:30pm, Free

Keeping the Beat- Aug 7th, 5:30-6:30pm, Free

 

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) Q & A about our Mini-SDI

Super Artist 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 2018: I Create- August 6-10, Monday- Friday, 9am-3:30pm, 1st-8th grade

NEW! Nutcracker Fairy Tale Camp- August, 13-17 Monday- Friday, 9:30-10:30am, ages 5 & 6 years & 10:45-11:45am, ages 3 & 4 years (pair with Drummin' up Fun for 2.25 hour drop off camp).

NEW! Drummin' up Fun Camp- August, 13-17 Monday- Friday, 9:30-10:30am, ages 3 & 4 years & 10:45-11:45am, ages 5 &6 years (pair with Drummin' up Fun for 2.25 hour drop off camp).

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.

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Suzuki Guitar for 3-8 years

"The Suzuki Guitar Method", sometimes called the "Talent Education Method" teaches music to very young children in much the same way a child acquires language. It consists of daily listening, games and very very small weekly accomplishments. This program is a perfect way instilling the gift of music in young children and also creates an opportunity for a parent to bond with their 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. The instructor, the parent and the student make up the "Suzuki Triangle". Each has a defined role. The instructor  models beautiful tone and proper technique. The Parent facilitates the daily listening, the music games, review and provides a nurturing home environment. The student's role is to have fun learning!  A brief and free informational meeting is set up with interested families and the instructor prior to registering to ensure that the Suzuki method is the right fit and explain the Suzuki Parent Education process.  Learn more about the Suzuki Method 

Day/Dates: As arranged by instructor and Suzuki family

Age: 3-8 years old with a parent 

Instructor: K. Klungtvedt

Fee: Same as private lessons

*In Fall of 2018 a new Suzuki Class will be formed. Participation is very limited but guitars will be issued to both parents and children to use throughout the program. The Suzuki class program is for ages 4-6 and is comprised of a mix of parent only, parent & child, group and private lessons. Participation is very limited but guitars will be issued to both parents and children to use throughout the program.

MCA at the Winona YMCA this Summer

MCA is proud to be partnering once again with the Winona YMCA to offer more opportunities for local kids to explore the arts and get creative this summer. Registration for these camp is through the Winona YMCA at: winonaymca.org

July 23-27- Little Creaters, ages 3-6 years, 8:30am-12:30pm

July 30-Aug. 3- Art Around the World, 1st-5th grade, 8:30am-4:30pm

In addition to the above camps featuring both performing and visual arts, the regular YMCA Childcare program will also take field trips to MCA throughout the summer.

FAMILY PROGRAMS

Family Arts Academy

Family Arts Academy workshops are FREE monthly themed multi-arts experiences that invite the whole family to learn new skills, meet local artists and have fun creating together. Come to one or all, pre-registration recommended. Geared towards kids ages 4-12 and their families, but all ages are welcome.

Art Attack- April 6, 5:30-6:30pm- Free

Jedi Training (back by popular demand!)- May 4, 5:30-6:30pm, Free

Scooby Doo, Sherlock and Detective You- June 5, 5:30-6:30pm, Free

Minecraft Maina (back by popular demand!)- July 3rd, 5:30-6:30pm, Free

Keeping the Beat- Aug 7th, 5:30-6:30pm, Free

 

Multi-generational Collage

In this intergenerational workshop older adults and youth ages 7-12 will be invited to explore a variety of collage techniques through group and individual instruction. Within the eight sessions, will experience artistic decision-making first hand and gain understanding of the creative process. Instruction will include terminology and techniques that will be used to create final pieces out of cut paper and found objects. A culminating exhibit will take place to showcase final projects.

Day/Time: Wednesdays, June 6-August 1, 12:00-1:30pm , Exhibit at MCA

Location: Winona Friendship Center, 251 Main St. Winona, MN 55987

Ages: Adults 55+ years, this workshop also welcomes kids ages 7-12 to register for an opportunity to hone their arts kills and interact with a different generation.

Teaching Artist: Brianna Haupt

Price: Free thanks to a Seeding Vitality Arts MN initiative Grant made possible through Aroha Philanthropies.

Register: Though this workshop is free, participation is limited. Please register today through MCA's Online System or return this Paper Registration Form to the MCA office or the office of our partner's at the Winona Friendship Center.

 

Suzuki Guitar

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)

Learn more about the Suzuki Method

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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

The MCA offices will be closed March 30-April 2nd, 2018

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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