Classes & ProgramsMusic
MCA’s music division offers classes, workshops, master classes, ensembles, private lesson instruction, informal and formal concerts, community outreach performances and summer camps.
- 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.
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
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
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 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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Age: 7-12 years
Instructor: Amanda Grace
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.
While attending the Winona Arts Camp I learned that I wasn’t shy after all!
Dr. Christopher Mechell will present a classical piano benefit concert for the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) on Saturday, March 9th at 6pm inside the Academy Theatre at MCA’s home, The Valencia Arts Center. The community is invited to enjoy the works of Grieg, Liszt, and Brahms.read more
When you can’t beat’em, why not join them???? We know the weather is freezing, but we won’t let that bring us down and we hope we can help you celebrate too. For the 3rd year in a row MCA will hold the popular Frozen Dance & Art Adventure. The “Frozen” themed workshop invites boys and girls ages 3-5 and Kindergarten- 2nd grade to unleash their imaginations during this movie themed event. During the Feb. 9th workshop students will dance, craft, sing along to “Frozen” songs, and even meet and snap photos with Anna and Elsa.read more
MCA is home to three jazz combos: the Duke, Dizzy, and Basie Combos. These combos are comprised of students ages 11-18 from the Winona area. The public is invited to hear these talented young musicians on Wednesday, March 6 at 6 p.m. in the Academy Theatre in MN Conservatory for the Arts’ home, the Valencia Arts Center and on Sunday, March 25 at 5:30 p.m. at Wellington’s Pub & Grill, 1429 W. Service Dr.read more