Brooklyn Conservatory of Music

Sponsored Content | August 30, 2021

As summer draws to a close, now is the time to sign up for fall classes and private lessons – which start September 12 – at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music (BKCM). A non-profit community music school, BKCM aims to transform lives and build community through the expressive, educational and therapeutic powers of music. We offer music for students of all ages through our Community Music School, Suzuki program, Music Therapy program and more.

ABOUT BKCM’S COMMUNITY MUSIC SCHOOL
The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music’s Community Music School (CMS) offers private lessons, group classes, ensembles and workshops for students of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. Our five core values are community, joy, creativity, quality and perseverance. These values represent our beliefs as educators, students and administrators, and encourage us to reach our full potential.

PRIVATE LESSONS
Led by our world-class faculty, CMS offers private lessons in piano, guitar, strings, brass and woodwinds, drums and percussion and voice for students ages 6 and up. Each student is matched to one of our world-class teachers, and they work together to set goals and prepare an individualized curriculum based on students’ goals and interests. No audition or experience is required. Private lesson students are invited to enhance their experience by taking relevant group classes for 50% off (with some exceptions).

GROUP CLASSES
CMS offers group classes in nearly every major instrument. Fall highlights include:
Music Adventures
3K and Pre-K with caregiver | Saturdays at 10:30am
Students experience music as a group through stories, songs and movement from different cultures in this parent-child class.


Instrument Adventures
4-5 years | Mondays at 3:15pm & 4pm
Students discover music from various parts of the world and explore a range of instruments from the wind, brass, string and percussion families. Singing, moving and drumming to global music is part of each weekly meeting.

Instrument Friends
Guitar, Piano and Violin
5-6 years | Various days and times
These classes are stepping stones toward formal private lessons in a lively group format. Students learn essential musical elements such as basic reading notes, notation and instrumental technique.

Musical Theatre
Ages 8-12| Tuesdays at 3:30pm & 4:30pm
Young performers learn healthy singing techniques—including breath control, posture and diction, while exploring classic and contemporary musical theatre repertoire. Students learn to make motivated choices on stage, build essential audition techniques, performance and rehearsal etiquette.

For a complete list of classes, ensembles and private lessons, visit bkcm.org/lessons-classes-and-ensembles.

FALL FEST ON SEPTEMBER 10
To sample some of the above offerings, join us on Friday, September 10 from 3-6pm at Fall Fest 2021! This FREE event will feature 5-15-minute classes and private lessons, performances by faculty and students, faculty meet-and-greets, a Music Therapy information table and more. No matter your age, experience level, or area of interest, there is sure to be something for everyone at Fall Fest. Visit bkcm.org/event/fall-fest-2021 to learn more.

OTHER BKCM PROGRAMS

SUZUKI
The world-class Suzuki program at BKCM offers education in violin, viola, cello, guitar, piano and bass, and the curriculum incorporates three elements that provide the essentials needed for instrumental music education: private lessons, theory classes and group classes. Parent involvement is an integral component of the Suzuki approach. By learning and practicing alongside the child, parents function as role models and provide encouragement. Children ages 3.5 and up are eligible to participate.

We also offer Suzuki Early Childhood Education (SECE), in which children and parents learn and interact with other families through music, gently developing socio-emotional skills, vocabulary, motor, number, pitch, singing and listening skills. Learn more at suzuki.bkcm.org.

FINANCIAL AID IS AVAILABLE

MUSIC THERAPY
Our Music Therapy program is an evidence-based clinical discipline where music is used to affect positive development and foster creative expression in children and adults. In addition to achieving clinical, developmental goals and improving social functioning, Music Therapy provides opportunities for working through problems and feelings in a safe, creative medium with a trained and credentialed therapist. BKCM offers programs in individual and group settings, enabling clients to grow through the transformative experience of making music within a therapeutic relationship. Learn more at bkcm.org/musictherapy.

The health and safety of our students, guests, faculty and staff remain a top priority. Please review our newly updated COVID-19 policy at bkcm.org/reopening.