Instrumental Music

Instrumental Music

A three-part approach to the study of music, The Ridgewood Conservatory’s Music Preparatory Program provides the student musician with a sound foundation as well as multi-faceted performance experience:

  • Private Instrument (or Vocal) Instruction. Tailored to meet the needs and talents of the student, Private Instruction enables each student to progress at his or her own rate.
  • Theory and Musicianship Classes. The study of Theory and Musicianship provides the framework necessary for the understanding and performance of music.
  • Chamber Music and Jazz Ensembles. Ongoing participation in an ensemble serves to broaden the scope of performance beyond that of private study.

As an incentive to enrollment, we offer a $50 discount on tuition
to students registering for all three courses concurrently!

PRIVATE INSTRUMENT INSTRUCTION*

Private study of instrumental and piano lessons in NJ offers the student musician untold benefits Many use the time to focus on improving their overall musicianship in addition to practicing songs for the school band. Others are interested in exploring new musical styles. For the novice, private instruction provides the opportunity to get a head-start before participating in a school music program. Private instruction is offered on woodwinds, brass, strings, piano, percussion, guitar and voice (see Voice and Acting).

* Piano and violin lessons available for ages 5 years – adult.
All other instruments available for ages 8 years – adult.

Fees for Fall ’17 / Spring 18 Private Instrument Instruction:
30-minute private lessons . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1032.50/semester
45-minute private lessons . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1531.25/semester
60-minute private lessons . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2030.00/semester

THEORY AND MUSICIANSHIP

TRC’s Theory and Musicianship classes are designed to teach the fundamentals of music using theory, composition, ear training and music literature. Students will gain a comprehensive and useful knowledge of music principles, enhancing both their musical awareness and performance.

Fees for Fall ’16 / Spring 17 Private Theory – Musicianship Instruction:
30-minute private lessons . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1032.50/semester
45-minute private lessons . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1531.25/semester
60-minute private lessons . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2030.00/semester

PROFESSIONAL STUDY and PER-DIEM LESSONS*

Professional study offers a significantly more advanced level for those seeking to utilize materials learned in private study in a commercial or professional manner.

Per-diem lessons are available for students who prefer to schedule lessons on a per-lesson basis.

Fees for Professional Study and Per-Diem Lessons:
60-minute lessons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $115.00 per lesson

*Professional Study and Per-Diem Lessons may be cancelled without obligation with a minimum of 24 hours notice. If a lessons is cancelled for any reason with less than 24 hours notice, the student is obligated to pay for the lesson in full.

CHAMBER MUSIC AND JAZZ ENSEMBLES*

Chamber Music Ensembles and Jazz Ensembles provide the opportunity to perform challenging level-appropriate music in an intimate group setting. Students will be accepted by audition only and placed according to ability. The following ensembles will be offered at the intermediate and advanced levels: Woodwinds, Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, String, Brass, Percussion, Guitar, and Jazz.

Fees for Ensembles are as follows:
One-hour rehearsals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $299.00/12-week session plus $25 music materials fee

* 10 years – adult. Students will be accepted by audition only and placed according to ability.
Schedules to be determined by instructor. Classes subject to enrollment.

JAZZ IMPROVISATION WORKSHOPS*

Designed for student-musicians who are fluent in all 12 keys, Jazz Improvisation teaches the skills necessary to do much more than play the written notes on the page. Students explore their creative potential through improvisation, experience a variety of jazz styles, experiment with new techniques, and enjoy the rhythms and sounds associated with some of America’s most famous musicians. Students bring their own instruments.

Fees for Jazz Improvisation Workshops are as follows:
One-hour rehearsals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $299.00/12-week session plus $25 music materials fee

* 10 years – adult. Students will be accepted by audition only and placed according to ability.
Schedules to be determined by instructor. Classes subject to enrollment.

PIANO, SOLFEGE AND THEORY WITH MAESTRA VERA

Students studying piano with Maestra Pamela Vera can now enroll in a new program which integrates Piano, Solfege and Theory into twice-weekly private lessons. This intensive is designed to augment and enhance a young pianist’s progress and to accelerate overall musicianship and prowess. Available as two 30, 45 or 60 minute lessons per week. (Lessons may be scheduled back-to-back.)

COMPOSITION, MUSIC HISTORY, AUDITION PREPARATION AND MUSIC AP COACHING

Private and/or group instruction is available in Music Composition, Music History, and preparation for school, band, orchestra or professional auditions and Music Advance Placement exams.

SPRING STUDENT RECITAL: MAY 19-20, 2018

The Ridgewood Conservatory’s annual student recital will be held in May in our new recital hall. All of our students are encouraged, but not required, to participate.

SONATA RECITALS

As the Fall semester progresses, our teachers schedule small “sonata recitals” in TRC’s Rose Recital Hall to provide their students with the opportunity to practice performing in front of an audience, and to hear their own teachers perform.

FACULTY RECITALS

The Ridgewood Conservatory’s Faculty Recitals offer our students the unique opportunity to hear their own teachers perform in a concert setting. (Date and venue to be announced.)