Individual instruction through private lessons is the foundation of a music education. The Music School is committed to finding the program of study that is appropriate for each student.
Manchester Community Music School is proud to offer the largest Youth Ensemble Program north of Boston. There are ensembles for all levels of player, from beginner to advanced. Learn more about our NH Youth Ensembles Program.
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Individual instruction through private lessons is the foundation of a music education. Manchester Community Music School is committed to finding the program of study that is appropriate for each student. After an initial consultation with the Education Department, the student is matched with a faculty member whose teaching style most closely complements the student’s learning style. The exact program of study is determined by the faculty member, based on the student’s goals and levels of accomplishment.
Every opportunity is taken to guarantee the student’s success in the chosen course of study. Classes are available to supplement the private instruction curriculum, such as Music Theory and chamber music ensembles. Enjoyment of the learning process is key, as is a commitment from the student and family to a disciplined and consistent practice schedule. The instructor is available for consultations. Parents or guardians are welcome to observe lessons.
Private Instruction is available for the following:
Woodwinds • Brass • Percussion • Jazz Piano • Harp • Strings • Piano • Guitar • Mandolin
Suzuki violin, viola, double bass, cello and piano
Music Theory • Composition • Voice •
Also see our Suzuki page for information about this inspiring and engaging method of learning musical instruments starting as young as age 3!
What is included with private lessons?
Tuition includes 16 private lessons and 1 workshop or recital performance opportunities. MCMS provides an accompanist for recital rehearsals and performances at no additional charge to the student. MCMS often has discount ticket opportunities with the Palace Theatre, the Dana Center and the New Hampshire Philharmonic Orchestra for registered students and their families.
Summer Session: Begins June 24, 2013 – But you can register any time!
Summer Private Music Lessons
Summer is a great time to try a new instrument or to spend extra time on your music studies. In a 2 to 8-week session, students can gain basic skills, master new challenges or simply continue their progress on an instrument. All private lesson dates and times are arranged on an individual basis. Summer lessons begin June 25, 2012.
All Ages, All Levels, All Instruments
30 minute lesson: 6 weeks: $249 8 weeks: $299
45 minute lesson: 6 weeks: $339 8 weeks: $399
60 minute lesson: 6 weeks: $449 8 weeks: $549
Private Music Composition and Theory
The unique Theory/ Composition program at Manchester Community Music School
Ages: All ages
Class Times: Lessons are scheduled as private lessons, dependent on students’ and teachers’ schedules.
Instructor: Romeo Melloni
Our faculty member, Romeo Melloni, is an experienced composer whose music has been performed internationally. Drawing from his experience, Mr. Melloni has created a simple and extremely effective method for teaching composition that stresses the importance of traditional techniques and craft. Because of its simplicity, his method works well with students of any age.
The composition program consists of a series of private lessons of negotiable length that ends with the Composer Forum, a recital in which professional musicians perform and discuss in detail, the students’ compositions. The Composer Forum is a unique opportunity for learning that the Music School is delighted to offer.
For every recital the student is asked to write music for a specific group of instruments. In the past, students have composed solo pieces for flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, violin, cello, voice, harp, piano and French horn and for various combinations such as duets and trios.
This program is very effective. It is extremely rewarding to see a third grade student compose a good piece of chamber music; and it is exciting to see that Mr. Melloni’s high school students are placed in advance theory courses when they enter into their first year of college.
Composition lessons are important for anyone who is interested in pursuing music seriously. Composition transforms the sometimes dry subject of music theory into an exciting activity that deepens the student’s understanding of music on every level as well as his/her creativity, intuition and self -knowledge.
We Make Music Education Accessible To All
Enroll in a monthly payment plan called “Tuition in Tune” through Centrix Bank. To choose this option, visit our Tuition in Tune Page and follow the instructions. Complete the Tuition in Tune form as well as the registration form and return both to the Music School.
The Music School is committed to making music education accessible to all, regardless of ability to pay. We are proud to offer need-based financial aid to qualifying students. If you would like to apply for financial aid, visit our Financial Aid Page for more information.