The Geneva Conservatory welcomes students from both within and outside Geneva School.
Private lessons are offered for 30, 45, or 60 minutes of instruction in cello, piano, violin, viola, and voice. Students have the opportunity to perform in at least 4 recitals annually, including Monday Musicales, masterclasses, and to attend special concerts and musical field trips designed for GCM students.
Private lessons include a 45-minute weekly Music Theory class of appropriate level (see below). Violin students in their early years participate in Suzuki group playing class instead of Music Theory.
Chamber Music Program
Chamber music may be taken in addition to private lessons or as a separate course and is open to students who play piano, string (violin, viola, cello), woodwind (flute, clarinet, etc.), or brass (trumpet, trombone, etc.) instruments. Chamber Music students focus on developing ensemble skills, communication, and leadership, and have the opportunity to perform in at least 4 recitals annually, in addition to masterclasses, outreach concerts, and other performances. Chamber Music students receive a weekly 45-minute coaching and are placed in an ensemble by audition. Requirements include a minimum of two years of study, demonstrated proficiency on their instrument, and ability to read music. Chamber Music students are not required to take private lessons at The Geneva Conservatory of Music. GCM welcomes any interested student who meets these requirements.
Music Theory & Musicianship
Taught by Kyle Werner
These courses may be taken in addition to private lessons or as a separate course. They are open to any interested student who passes the written placement exam.
Beginning or Intermediate Music Theory
This class is for students with little or no music theory training. Topics covered include reading notes in treble and bass clefs, writing notes, reading and counting basic rhythmic values, time signatures, accidentals, dynamics and articulations, major scales, intervals, key signatures, and the circle of fifths. Recognizing intervals, chords, and rhythms by ear, as well as basic conducting and composition skills, will also be explored. Intermediate classes will also delve into minor scales, triads, and compositional analysis. Students are placed according to age and ability, and the pace of the class will be more rigorous for older students.
Advanced Music Theory/Ear Training I
This class is designed for students who have had basic music theory training already, and are eager to move deeper into the inner workings of music. Students study melody, harmony, and rhythm from a creative perspective and begin to write music of their own. In addition, students will learn to recognize intervals and chords by ear. This class gives students a chance to take their musical study even further after Level I. We will learn more about how composers create their music, and become composers ourselves – the best way to learn about music is to write it! The course will also train students to write down music by ear and develop basic conducting skills.