Programs

Just learning to play? Coming back to an instrument? 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 lessons and ensembles with teachers whose methods are tailored for each student's needs, level and learning style

Learn & Move in weekly Early Childhood Music class & Meet the Instruments program

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 Choir, Orchestras and Chamber Ensembles and in our annual Music Marathon.

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 Tuition Assistance Form or contact the office at 845-356-1522.

LA FIESTA Summer Flamenco Program

LA FIESTA Flamenco and Latin American Music & Dance Workshop has students dancing, playing guitar and percussion instruments and learning something completely new and exotic. Open for youth and adults. Click here to download the flyer and find out more! Ole!

 

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.

Harmony Hand In Hand - 6 months - 2 years with parent/guardian

 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, rhythm and movement.


Prices:$200.00

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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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Children & Teens

Jazz @ the Rock and JazzCats

A new Jazz program for Middle School age musicians playing:
All Brass, Guitar, Drums, Bass Guitar, Piano and more

Curriculum and repertoire from the acclaimed Essentially Ellington program.

Meets:Mondays September to June 
JazzCats  5:00 pm - 6:30 pm  Michael Humphrey, conductor
 

 

 

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Lessons - Individual and Partner - all instruments & voice

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

Partner Lessons are 2 students grouped together by age and ability, available in 30, 45 or 60 minute lesson lengths. (Feel free to come with a friend, or we can try to pair you with someone)

Individual and Partner 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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Youth Choir

Led by acclaimed choral conductor Dr. Jack Gremli and accompanied by pianist Dianna Bullard, this group sings in several different languages and styles. He loves to make music and interpret lyrics with developing singers. Mebmers will learn good breathing and vocal techniques while enriching their musical experience. 

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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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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. Available on a one-to-one basis.

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Meet the Instrument Workshop

A 6-week discovery adventure where a new instrument is introduced and played each week (recorder, harp, guitar, piano, violin, ukulele). For ages 6-8.

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.

Lessons - Individual and Partner - all instruments & voice

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

Partner Lessons are 2 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 try to pair you).

Individual and Partner 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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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 FOCUS


When it’s time to turn your lessons and hard work into ovation rousing performances, RCM offers the tools and opportunities to help you make the most of your time on stage. After all, our teachers are also musicians with years of experience performing and honing their craft.

NYSSMA PREPARATION
This audition-type atmosphere provides the perfect environment to gain confidence for your NYSSMA piece. Faculty coaches provide positive reinforcement and suggestions to make the most of your experience. Training also includes sight-reading.

PERFORMANCE WORKSHOPS
Getting mentally prepared to perform for an audience. Establishing a confident stage presence. Working with an accompanist. These are just some of the tools you will gain when attending an RCM workshop.

RECITALS
From informal performances for family and friends to exciting events like our Spring Gala where our String Orchestra and Suzuki musicians take the stage, RCM provides the ideal setting. A professional and spacious stage and recital hall, ample equipment and an experienced team to make your event special in every way.

MUSIC MARATHON
Our biggest event of the year. A spectacular fundraiser where students, faculty, staff and board members perform continuously from 2 pm to … whenever! Whether peforming solo, with fellow students, colleagues or family members, our musicians raise money through sponsors while rocking around the clock!