Cool Conservatory offers tutoring in all music subject areas, from kindergarten through college level, as well as creative piano and voice instruction.

The study of music is multi-faceted and inter-disciplinary. Every pianist needs to be able to sing a little. Composers and singers benefit from a general knowledge of piano, arranging and orchestration are closely allied to conducting skills, and all music students need a grasp of music theory. An age-appropriate introduction to conducting greatly improves the rhythmic ear, spatial skills, and musicianship of children as young as five. In short: studying music at Cool Conservatory is really interesting and very... cool!

Music Theory, History, Appreciation

Composition, Arranging, Orchestration



• Adults and chilren ages five and up

• Customized curriculum

• Classical and Contemporary Styles

• Ear-training and sight-reading

• All levels of experience welcomed

• Musicianship and performance skills

• How to "own" every piece you play

• How to be an intuitive music reader

• Technology-enhanced instruction

• Adults and children ages six and up

• Customized curriculum

• Biology of the voice

• Ear-training and Sight-singing

• Musical Theater and Contemporary Styles

• Pitch, tone, breathing, diction, posture

• How not to hurt yourself!

• Microphone technique

• Musicianship and performance skills


• General Music Theory (age appropriate)

• Harmony

• Note Reading*

• Music History, all periods

• Critical listening assignments

• How to listen for pleasure and understand what you're hearing

• Ethnomusicology



• Motifs and motivic development

• Harmonization of melodies

• Countermelodies and counterpoint

• Arranging for small, medium, large ensembles

• How to write for the rhythm section

• Orchestration

• Score Analysis

• Film scores, game scores, and media composition

• Songwriting: Lyrics, structure, hooks, arrangements

• Chords* and lead sheets

• Soloing in a variety of styles

• Scales, and how they work

• Comping and grooving

• How to accompany a singer or soloist

• How to be a spontaneous musician

• Beat patterns and conducting "grammar"

• How to lead an ensemble of any size

• Choral conducting

• Score study and preparation

• Critical Reading

• Basic conducting skills for children

* Btw, if you tried to learn how to read music at some point in your life and found it really hard, we feel for you! This skill has been taught incorrectly for centuries... we'll show you the right way to do it!

* Are you a classically-trained musician who find yourself married to the score? Do you have trouble playing by ear? Have you ever wanted to learn to "play chords?" Contact us today and we'll show you how it's done.

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