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Piano lessons. Voice lessons. Theory, composition, improvisation, conducting, arranging, orchestration.


Athena, 7, composer and pianist
Athena, 7, composer and pianist

Nick, 22, improv and composition
Nick, 22, improv and composition

Athena, 7, composer and pianist
Athena, 7, composer and pianist

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Proven Success: 57 points higher on verbal, 41 points higher on math (SAT)

A ten-year study, tracking more than 25,000 students, shows that music-making improves test scores. Regardless of socioeconomic background, music-making students get higher marks in standardized tests than those who had no music involvement. Another study shows that music participants received more academic honors and awards than non-music students, and that the percentage of music participants receiving As, As/Bs, and Bs was higher than the percentage of non-participants receiving those grades.


Customized Learning 


Classical, Jazz, Rock, Pop, Blues. Ear-training, sight-reading, musicianship. Composition and improvisation. Music Theory. Arranging, orchestrating, conducting. Recording and mixing. Music history. Ethnomusicology...

... and the list goes on. The study of music is multi-faceted and exhilarating. From this menu of available subjects, a curriculum can be crafted to inspire and motivate any student, from beginner to advanced musician.

Different Students 

Require Different

Approaches to Learning

It is a well-established fact that different learning modalities, or styles, play a significant role in how students acquire and process new information. Every student - adult or child - has a unique cognitive approach; this can be primarily visual, auditory, tactile, kinesthetic, or a combination of two or more pathways. It is the responsibility of the instructor both to recognize the student's dominant learning modality, and to adapt the presentation of the curriculum to best suit the student's needs.

"Going Live:"

The Only Test That

Really Matters

In the performing arts, the ultimate test of a student's ability is participation in a live concert before an audience of parents and peers. To this end, Cool Conservatory offers several performance opportunities during the school year and summer vacation. Students rehearse for approximately six weeks during their regularly scheduled lessons before a major concert. This means that on performance day, butterflies are minimized and the experience becomes positive, uplifting, and fun!

In The News

Champions of Change indicates music study improved students’ success in math.


A NEW REPORT compiling the results of seven major studies provides important new evidence of enhanced learning and achievement when the arts are an in...

New Harris Poll Links Music Education to Advanced Studies and Higher Incomes


WASHINGTON, DC  – At an event with actor and musician “Little” Steven Van Zandt and MENC: The National Association for Music Education, Harris Inter...

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Michael Hienzsch

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Mr. Michael

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...

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