Classes & Programs


MCA’s music division offers classes, workshops, master classes, ensembles, private lesson instruction, informal and formal concerts, community outreach performances and summer camps.

Programs include:

  • 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.

See our current catalog for more details.

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

Jazz Combos

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! Short & Sweet Choir Experience

Do you love to sing? Do you love to be part of a group? Choral music is the best of both worlds! Come join us for a one-week
choir experience where we will help you build your own vocal skills and work with others to create amazing vocal art. We will finish the week with a brief showcase performance during the MCA Music Division Concert. Learn more about this program and why singing in a choir is great for kids!

Date: Dec. 10-14 and April 29-May 3 (register for one or both, different music will be explored each week!)

Time: 4:45pm-6:15 pm daily, performance during Friday, Dec. 14 and May 3, MCA Music Division Concerts, 7pm 

Ages: Grades 3-8

Cost: $35 each week (includes performance t-shirt)

Instructor: L. O’Shea

This class is made possible thanks to the Slaggie Family Foundation.

Jazz Combos

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. 8-March 20 (no rehearsal March 11-14)

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.

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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: Wednesdays, Jan. 9- 30

Time:  9:30-10:00 am

Age: Birth-5 years with a caregiver

Fee: $28 per child or $35 per family

NEW! Music fun with Mr. Kerry

Are you ready to have fun? Are you interested in hand drums, the guitar or singing? Come play with MCA's new collection of children's instruments. Intended for children ages 3 to 7, with a special grown-up in their life. This class will teach basic music skills using a variety of instruments, songs, games, and activities. No experience required!

Instructor: Kerry Klungtvedt

Date: Saturdays, Jan. 12-March 2

Time:  2-3 pm

Age: 3-7 years with a caregiver

Fee: $64 per child or $77 per family


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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.

Beginning Guitar

This class provides fundamental skills to students who are new to guitar and to others who want a more thorough grounding in the
basics. No guitar? No problem! Thanks to a generous grant funding, MCA has guitars for school aged children to use upon request.

Day: Saturdays, Jan. 12- March 2

Time: 11 am -11:50 am

Ages: 8 – Adult

Instructor: K. Klungtvedt

Fee: $86 


NEW! Chords, chords, chords!

Do you play a few chords on the guitar? Would you like a full chord vocabulary? This class will focus on guitar chords and how to use them. A perfect class to following our beginning guitar class or accompany the private lesson student who wants to progress even faster!

Instructor: Kerry Klugtvedt

Day: Saturdays, March 23-May 4 (no class April 20)

Time:  11:00 am- 12 pm

Age:10- Adult

Fee: $65

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+

Price: $48

Instructor: Kerry Klungtvedt


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. 

Day/Dates: Tuesdays, Jan. 9- 30

Time: 10:15-11:15am

Age: 7-12 years

Instructor: Amanda Grace

Price: $39

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.

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.


Jazz Combo Student

While attending the Winona Arts Camp I learned that I wasn’t shy after all!


8 Year-old Student

4th Annual Free-4-All

Have you been waiting for just the right time to check out one of our classes? The wait is now over, MCA is having a FREE-4-ALL… a day of free classes on Jan. 5th, 2019 for the whole family! This event will feature classes for both youth and adults- so bring some friends and try a class or two.

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Join the Short & Sweet Choir

According to The Chorus Impact Study choral singers not only learn music skills, but participation in choral singing programs also correlates with better social and emotional skills. Choir participation can help make students better participants in groups, lead to better emotional expression and management, improve overall academic performance, help instill self-discipline and more. Thanks to support from the Slaggie Family Foundation, MCA will be offering local youth in grades 3-8 the opportunity participate in the Short & Sweet Choir Experience, a week long program that will run Dec. 10-14, 4:45-6:15pm daily. The week will close with a performance during the Dec. 14th MCA Music Division Concert at 7pm.

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PTA Reflections Program Coming to MCA

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.

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

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


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

Monday - Tuesday
9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

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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