Preparatory/Community Program/School of Music

Our preparatory program for children and adults currently includes piano, voice, violin and cello. Each student receives one private lesson per week for voice/instrument, with four performance classes included in each 16-week session. Tuition includes weekly classes in theory and Sight-singing/Ear-training.

Music Classes for Pre-school Children – Instructor, Kathryn Hoppe-McQueen

Preschool Music Classes designed just for you! Early exposure to quality music literature both sung and recorded with expressive responses, establishes musical skills for a lifetime. Preschool music at Ars Nova uses a developmentally designed curriculum, emphasizing the music elements of steady beat, rhythm, and pitch through the context of song, chants, movement, books, and instruments inspired by the research and teachings of renowned music educator John Feierabend. With interactive and hands-on experiences, children and parents will join in play, fun, and laughter. Come together for games and activities that will heighten our enjoyment of music and build the foundation for musical literacy that will prepare us to take music with us as we grow, equipping us for all future musical endeavors whether vocal or instrumental.

Group Harp Lessons for Children – Instructor, Kathryn Hoppe-McQueen

Group harp lessons at Ars Nova provides exposure to the techniques, sounds and possibilities of a new and exciting instrument while reinforcing the music literacy skills of beat, rhythm and pitch. Inspired by the Orff Schulwerk Methodology, each class emphasizes individual ability and ensemble performance. Harps are provided by Ars Nova and renting and home practice are not required. The semester long class will culminate in a share time at the end of the semester.

Royal Conservatory Music Development Program

Increasingly, parents wanting music lessons for their children are looking for a total program that includes high-quality musical instruction as well as opportunities for personal development. They seek excellence, high standards and accountability.

The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program is designed to meet these needs, offering an assessment tool that offers all students a fair and challenging measure of their achievement, and nationwide recognition for their accomplishment in the program.

Thinking, practicing and achieving while performing the wide range of learning activities necessary for success in examinations promotes growth in all areas of achievement. Participating in the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program benefits all students, the few who will become professional musicians and the many who will develop a life-long love of music as well as a wide range of skills for success.