Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts / Classes & Programs

Early Childhood Programs

Ages 6 and under

MCA is the best place to give your child a great start in the arts.

Because our instructors are so in-tune with the developmental stages and needs of children of this age your child will leave each class with a bounce in their step and eagerly return each week. MCA instructors know just how to strike just the right chord between creating fun, playful learning, and building a solid foundation in the arts. Children as young as 18 months old may start exploring the magical world of dance along with a special grown-up in their life in our “My Grown-up & Me” class.

See the handy chart below to help you decide which class is right for your child or click on the division below to explore offerings that are specifically designed for students ages 6 and under.

Make Your Mark

Get ready to leave your mark on the world as you learn creative art techniques that can be used to design your own greeting cards, bookmarks, school projects and more.  The class fee includes an at-home kit that will include gelly roll pens, graphite drawing pencil, extra fine point sharpie, blank greeting cards, and more.Students are asked to also have a set of markers and scratch paper on hand. available with free delivery or pick-up in Winona (or mailed for an extra fee). Please register one week prior to ensure you have your at-home art kit in time. 

Dates: Sept. 18-Oct. 23

Day & Time: Fridays- 1-1:45 PM (ages 6-9)

Fridays- 2-3 PM (ages 10+)

Instructor: Lisa Douglas

Location: Online via Zoom

Fees: In-person $59 (includes at-home art kit with pick-up or delivery in Winona or for an additional $12 kits can be mailed anywhere in the US, students will be asked to have a set of markers and scratch paper in addition)

Hours of Art Kit & On-Demand Classes

This inclusive kit has everything you need to get started creating on your own. If you want a want to dive a little deeper you can access previously recorded MCA art lessons to learn about blending and creating with oil pastels, how to sculpt a bird out of model magic, perspective drawing, colored pencil techniques, doodling word art and more. This kit is perfect for all ages, but is a perfect addition to a homeschooling curriculum.

What's included (colors or brands may vary):oil pastels, colored pencils, masking tape, pencil sharpener, ebony pencil, fine tipped sharpie, white multi-media art paper, colored construction paper, 2 packs of 1 oz. model magic, link for access to pre-recorded MCA classes

Dates: Available Aug. 24- Dec. 15 (self-paced)

Instructors: access to recordings of previously recorded MCA Art Classes

Fees:  $25 (at-home art kit with pick-up or delivery in Winona or for an additional $12 kits can be mailed anywhere in the US)

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, 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. Many instruments are also being offered online during the COVID-19 Outbreak.

  • 4, 30 minute lessons- $76
  • 8, 30 minute lessons- $144
  • 12, 30 minute lessons- $204

45 minute and 1 hour lessons may be arranged for more advanced students.

Lesson dates and times: Arranged between MCA instructor and student/family.

Instructor and instrument

Dance Adventures

Do you have a little one who loves to twist and spin and dance around the room? If so, they will love this sampler class, which is a blend of creative movement, ballet technique and games. Students will love expressing themselves through movement, gaining knowledge of different dance forms ,and benefiting from moving in space with others.

Day/Dates: Mondays, Jan. 25-Apr. 19

Time: 4:15-4:45 p.m.

Age: 4-6 years (by Jan. 1)

Location: Online via Zoom

Fee: $46 (13 weeks, 6. 5 hours)

Instructor: Rachael Ryan

Family Classes

With busy work and school schedules we know it can be hard to find time to do things as a family so in addition to producing a variety of music, theatre and dance performances for you and your family to enjoy we have 4 classes that will help families make memories, get creative and learn together. Below are descriptions of our Family Classes, but you may also want to check out our Events listing to find out about #MCAontheGo events & performances out in the community.


Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts
1164 West Howard (10th) Street
Winona, MN 55987

Phone: 507-453-5500
Fax: 507-453-5507

E-Mail: mca@smumn.edu

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Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, our office hours are by appointment only.




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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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