Programs

Just learning to play? Resuming or continuing study? You are never too old or too young to experience the rewards of playing an instrument or singing in a group! For you or your child, RCM offers beginning to advanced classes on a variety of instruments and voice, featuring classical, jazz, contemporary and popular styles.

Come to RCM for a well-rounded music education experience!

Play music in individual, partner and group lessons and ensembles with teachers whose methods are tailored for each student's needs, level and learning style

Learn & Move in weekly Music Theory,  and Rhythm & Movement classes

Listen to music at concerts given by students, faculty and guest artists

Perform individually and in groups through student recitals, concerts and community outreach events with our Choirs, Orchestras and Chamber Ensembles

In keeping with our commitment to our mission, RCM offers tuition assistance through scholarships and/or work-study. If you wish to apply, please see our Scholarship Form or contact the office at 845-356-1522.

Summer Programs

Summer is a great time for making music! With more relaxed schedules, it is ideal to begin lessons or continue your music study. In addition to individual lessons, for Summer 2014   we will offer Summer Keys Piano Workshop and the Happy Piano program for children ages 3-6.

 

Early Childhood Programs

Budding musicians can explore and express themselves creatively in fun and age-appropriate classes at RCM. Our teachers are top professionals who take joy in setting the stage for a lifelong love of learning and the arts.

The Suzuki Program :: ages 4+

violin, viola, cello, flute & guitar

 The Suzuki Method is based on Dr. Shinicki Suzuki’s principle that the very young can learn to play an instrument in the same way they learn to speak a language: by listening, imitating and being guided by a parent.

In the Suzuki approach, each child’s musical journey is started by their RCM teacher, and supported by a knowledgeable and loving ‘home teacher’ who is well prepared through a Parent’s Class at RCM, to guide the child through the challenge of learning these wonderful and expressive instruments.

Special supplemental group classes augment the learning experience, are strongly recommended, and are included in tuition.

 

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The Happy Piano :: ages 3-6

The Happy Piano is a powerful educational tool to introduce young children to the keyboard. It is a fun, interactive, innovative program in which students are ‘team members’ and the teacher, as ‘coach’, encourages musical play centered around building keyboard skills

 

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Smart Voices - ages 7-10

A way for young voices to get onto the right path. Available individually. A voice teacher will lead students in gentle vocal exercises, correct breathing techniques and ear training, preparing them for either choral or solo singing.

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Music Theory/Ear Training

Designed for students of any age who want a better understanding of the language of music. This all-in-one theory course teaches the essentials of music, increases music reading and writing skills, improves listening skills (ear-training CDs available), and tests comprehension with unit reviews. Included in tuition for all individual lesson students.

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Group Drumming dates TBD

Group Drumming Workshops In collaboration with Path To Rhythm


This workshop series is an overview of drumming and will serve as a first step for those wanting to learn about, and explore rhythm. Students will get the chance to play with a variety of instruments, including the djembe, hand percussion, and drumsticks. After only a few sessions, students will be jamming together in a drum circle. There will also be special class sessions that will focus on the drum set and include demonstrations. Students will find the teaching style of this class fun and engaging, and they may even learn how to beat-box!

Adam Issadore is a drummer, educator, and facilitator. He has over 20 years of professional teaching experience and is a faculty member at the Third Street Music School in NYC. As a performer he has toured the US and Europe drumming with jazz, rock, and world music groups. Adam is the founder of Path To Rhythm, a company that offers group drumming programs for schools, camps, and special events. He resides in New City and enjoys spending time with his family.
 

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Rhythm & Movement :: ages 4-6

Little ones explore the musical concepts of ‘high & low’, ‘loud & soft’, ‘fast & slow’ by incorporating their meanings into movement! Through a unique and fun combination of music reading, singing, and rhythmic play, tied together with creative movement and folk music from around the world, it is an experience on which your child’s life-long love of music is built.

Taught by the charismatic Karin Pollok, this class is perfect for young students who are interested in music but not yet centered on a particular instrument. For students enrolled in individual lessons, participation in this class is included in tuition.

 

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Music Express :: 6 months - 24 months with an adult

A joyful first experience with music specifically designed for children with their parents, this interactive class lets caregivers & children learn delightful rhymes, lullabies, games, songs and movement

 

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Children & Teens

Lessons - Individual, Partner, Group - all instruments & voice

Individual lessons are one-on-one instruction available in 30, 45, or 60 minute lesson lengths

Partner Lessons are 2 students, and Group Lessons are 3-4 students grouped together by age and ability, available in 30, 45 or 60 minute lesson lengths. (Feel free to create a class of your friends, or we can pair you with a group)

Individual, Partner and Group lessons are available in any of the following instruments and voice

  • Bass (String & Electric)
  • Bassoon
  • Cello
  • Clarinet/Bass Clarinet
  • Drums (drum set & African)
  • Euphonium
  • Flute
  • French Horn
  • Guitar (classical, flamenco)
  • Guitar (electric/acoustic, rock, jazz, R&B)
  • Harp
  • Piano (classical, jazz, pop)
  • Recorder
  • Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Trumpet
  • Voice (classical, pop, R&B, Broadway)
  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Theory/Ear Training/Sight singing
  • Composition

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Choirs - Youth and Women's

Singing with The Rockland Conservatory Youth and Women's Choirs provides a wonderful opportunity to study and perform an enriching and varied repertoire, as well as receive instruction in music reading and vocal production. Styles range from contemporary to traditional choral works in languages such as French, Greek, Hebrew and Spanish, with consistent themes of peace, understanding, bettering our world and the environment.

In 2010, the choirs performed at the County Executive Arts Awards and for the opening of Lisa Levart’s photographic exhibit Portraits of Sacred Myths; Women of Rockland. They sang at the New York Stock Exchange Tree Lighting before and after 9/11 in NYC. Under the direction of Scott Nathan Louis with the assistance of pianist Jan Deats, the singers’ lives are enriched as they deepen the musical and emotional experience of all audiences who hear them.

Membership is by audition only. Call the Conservatory office at 845-356-1522 to schedule an appointment.

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String Orchestra and Chamber Ensembles

Playing in our String Orchestra, led by the creative conductor Anna Teigen, or small ensembles (various RCM faculty) is a perfect way for students with similar interests and abilities to build on skills they are learning in their individual lessons. Making music in a group setting is a fun and rewarding way to build and develop advanced playing techniques, while forging good communication, team-work and a life-long enjoyment of music. For placement purposes, auditions are usually required.

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Pluck - An Orchestra of Plucked String Instruments

Pluck is a performing orchestra of plucked string instruments including mandolins, ukeleles, classical guitars (requinto, standard, contrabass), steel string guitars, and upright double basses.

Auditions are open to all preteens, teens, and adults of intermediate to advanced playing and note reading level (exceptions will be made for younger players of outstanding focus and ability).

 

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Adults

We know adults lead busy lives, but there should always be time for music!

Whether you are learning for the first time, or returning to playing an instrument or singing, our faculty is ready to meet you wherever you are on your musical journey.

Did you know music is good for you? Research proves that making music can lower blood pressure, decrease heart rate, reduce stress, and lessen anxiety and depression. Adults of any age or ability can reap the benefits of a musical experience. For those over 62, we offer a special 20% tuition discount.

Lessons - Individual, Partner, Group - all instruments & voice

Individual lessons are one-on-one instruction available in 30, 45, or 60 minute lesson length.

Partner Lessons are 2 students, and Group Lessons are 3-4 students grouped together by age and ability, available in 30, 45 or 60 minute lesson lengths. (Feel free to create a class of your friends, or we can pair you with a group.)

Individual, Partner and Group lessons are available in any of the following instruments and voice:

  • Bass (String & Electric)
  • Bassoon
  • Cello
  • Clarinet/Bass Clarinet
  • Drums (drum set & African)
  • Euphonium
  • Flute
  • French Horn
  • Guitar (classical, flamenco)
  • Guitar (electric/acoustic, rock, jazz, R&B)
  • Oboe
  • Piano (classical, jazz, pop)
  • Recorder
  • Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Trumpet
  • Voice (classical, pop, R&B, Broadway)
  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Theory/Ear Training/Sight singing
  • Composition

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Women's Choir

Singing with The Rockland Conservatory Women's Choir provides a wonderful opportunity to study and perform an enriching and varied repertoire, as well as receive instruction in music reading and vocal production. Styles range from contemporary to traditional choral works in languages such as French, Greek, Hebrew and Spanish, with consistent themes of peace, understanding, bettering our world and the environment.

In 2010, the chorys performed at the County Executive Arts Awards and for the opening of Lisa Levart’s photographic exhibit Portraits of Sacred Myths; Women of Rockland. They sang at the New York Stock Exchange Tree Lighting before and after 9/11 in NYC. Under the direction of Scott Nathan Louis with the assistance of pianist Jan Deats, the singers’ lives are enriched as they deepen the musical and emotional experience of all audiences who hear them.Membership is by audition only.

Call the Conservatory office at 845-356-1522 to schedule an appointment.

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Pluck - An Orchestra of Plucked String Instruments

Pluck is a performing orchestra of plucked string instruments including mandolins, ukeleles, classical guitars (requinto, standard, contrabass), steel string guitars, and upright double basses.

Auditions are open to all preteens, teens, and adults of intermediate to advanced playing and note reading level (exceptions will be made for younger players of outstanding focus and ability).

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Chamber Groups for Adults & Seniors

We invite adult instrumentalists and singers of varying levels to come and make music in a fun and relaxed setting. Groups will be formed based upon enrollment and availability.

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Music Therapy - all ages

One-on-One and Group experiences

Through Music Therapy, students’ innate creativity is awakened by using improvisational music to overcome emotional, physical sensory-motor, behavioral and cognitive difficulties. Music Therapy is for children and adults: the therapist meets with the students and devises a plan for a musical journey to improve, restore or maintain health, using a variety of musical instruments and singing during each session. The primary benefit is the empowerment of individuals with special needs to reach their developmental potential using the natural therapeutic properties of music. It establishes relationships and unlocks the door to a pathway of communication, enabling the individual to reach beyond the pathology of their disabilities.

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Performance Opportunities

Chances to perform abound!

Performance Workshops: Polish a piece for performance or just for enjoyment in an informal setting with piano accompaniment if required (pre-requisite for recitals)

Recitals: Play or sing for family and friends in any of our recitals throughout the year on the concert stage.

Spring Gala: A concert celebrating our Choruses, Orchestra, Suzuki Groups and special solos by graduating seniors.

NYSSMA preparation: Try out your NYSSMA piece in this audition-type atmosphere, including sight-reading. The faculty coach will give positive take-aways, suggestions and ways to make the NYSSMA experience more fun!