Classes & Programs / Outreach

Homeschoolers

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 jschwaba@smumn.edu for more information.

Live Performances

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 $5 per performance.  For information about matinee performances please visit the Page Theatre. Visit our Events page for information about our other events.

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NEW! Music Explorers

Come and explore music through singing, instrument play, and movement. We will experience steady beat, use symbolic music notation, improvise our own rhythms and melodies, and encounter music from around the world.

Day/Dates:  Thursdays, Jan. 16-Feb. 27

Times: 9:30-10 a.m.

Ages: 4-7 years

Instructor(s):  L. O'Shea

Cost: $33

NEW! Homeschool Music Encounters

Whether you’ve taken years of piano lessons or you’re brand new to studying music, you will delight in making music with others during this engaging general music class. Get ready to sing, use body percussion and play classroom instruments while working to understand music notation, performing works of others, and creating your own tunes.

Day/Dates:  Thursdays, Jan. 16-Feb. 27

Times: 10-11 a.m.

Ages: 8-14 years

Instructor(s):  L. O'Shea

Cost: $52

NEW! Homeschoolers Working in 3-D 

Warm-up your hands, it’s time to sculpt, fold, and engineer art that pops off the page or stands on its own. MCA will provide materials from clay to wires and colorful paper, all you have to bring is your imagination and a readiness to learn new techniques.

Date: Thursdays, March 12–April 23 (No class on April 9)           

Time: 1–2:15 p.m.

Fee: $63

Instructor: L. Douglas

Homeschool Visual Art Show

The 6th annual Winona Area Homeschool Art show will take place May 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 mca@smumn.edu for details. Items for the show may be dropped off starting April 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.

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.

  • 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.

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2020 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 Minnesota State PTA Reflections program.  For the second consecutive year 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, 2020 through MCA. 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, 2020 

Reflections Art Exhibit at MCA:  March 2020

Ages: Preschool- 12th grade

Categories:  Visual Arts, Photography, Literature, Music, Dance, Film & Special Artist

Price: Free

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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

LOCATION

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

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

OFFICE HOURS

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

Thursday
10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Friday
9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Saturday
9 a.m. - 12 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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