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Have you ever wanted to learn to play an instrument for fun or to pursue a career? Are you looking to sharpen your performance skills in preparation for NYSSMA, All-County, or college auditions? All of our courses are led by SUNY Ulster music faculty, giving you the opportunity to learn from highly skilled musicians. 

The Community Music School offers instruction and performance opportunities in a wide variety of instruments for both avocational and professional ambitions. Teens and adults of any skill level can take individual lessons, or participate in ensembles or band. The learning doesn’t have to end here, you can go on to take credit classes towards an associate degree

Course Offerings

Applied Lessons

Private lessons are available on guitar, bass, strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, and jazz improvisation. If there is an instrument not listed that you are interested in learning or sharpening your skills on then contact Janet Gehres at She will answer any questions, help to set-up private lessons and explain how to register for additional lessons. She can also discuss the credit offerings with you.

The lessons are offered in 5-lesson sessions. They meet once a week and are held online. Make-up lessons will only be rescheduled if the instructor misses a lesson or if you provide 12-hour notice of an upcoming missed lesson. There will be no make-ups for no-shows or late cancellations.

NCC 2115 CRN 90331  30 Minutes Remote 5 Lessons $158

NCC 2116 CRN 90336  45 Minutes Remote 5 Lessons $236

NCC 2117 CRN 90337  60 Minutes Remote 5 Lessons $315

Music Ensembles & Band Offerings 

You can choose from string, guitar, and community band. They are held weekly throughout each semester. Most are only open to students who have achieved NYSSMA level V or higher or by audition. Please contact the ensemble director on how things will be conducted this semester before registering.

String Ensemble

This focuses on playing music in a chamber setting without a conductor. Each member is important and responsible for learning their parts. We cover all periods of music from the Renaissance to the contemporary. There are 2/3 performances per semester within Ulster County. An audition is required to register for this class. This is open to students who have achieved NYSSMA level VI + audition. Directed by A. Solberg:

NCC 2119 CRN 90339 Starts 8/30 M 6:00-8:00pm SRC $15/semester

Guitar Ensemble

You will now have the opportunity to perform in an ensemble, featuring music from Renaissance to modern rock. This group has ranged in size from 3 to 8 performers in the past, so each participant plays an integral role in the ensemble’s success. You should have some background with reading traditional music notation to be successful in this course. Directed by G. Dinger:

NCC 2130 CRN 90340 Starts 9/7 T 3:30-4:45pm SRC $15/semester

Band Ensembles

This is composed of advanced middle school students, high school students, college students, and community musicians. The ensembles perform a minimum of two concerts per semester and draw its repertoire from standard wind band literature. This is open to students who have achieved NYSSMA level IV or higher. Directed by V. Izzo:

NCC 2121 CRN 90341 Starts 9/8 W 6:30-8:30pm SRC $15/semester

College Chorus

Directed by J. Gehres:

NCC 2183 CRN 90342 Starts 8/23 M,W,F 12-12:55pm  Hybrid $15/semester

Jazz Ensemble

The Jazz Ensemble is open to advanced high school students, college students and community members. The Ensemble may include saxophones (alto, tenor, and baritone), trumpets, trombones, guitar, piano, vibraphone, bass, drums, and percussion. The Jazz Ensemble rehearses weekly and performs each semester. All first-time musicians should contact Dan Shaut prior to registering. Directed by D. Shaut:

NCC 2184 CRN 90343 Starts 9/14 T 5:30-7pm SRC $15/semester





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