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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, woodwinds, brass, percussion, piano, and voice. If you are interested in an instrument not listed, contact Janet Gehres at gehresj@sunyulster.edu. 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 in person. 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 30343 Spring 2023 Term - 30 Minute Lessons SRC 5 Lessons $158

NCC 2116 CRN 30344 Spring 2023 Term - 45 Minute Lessons SRC 5 Lessons $236

NCC 2117 CRN 30345 Srping 2023 Term - 60 Minute Lessons SRC 5 Lessons $315


Music Ensembles & Band Offerings 

You can choose from Community Band, Mixed Instrument Ensemble, and College Chorus. Weekly rehearsals are held throughout each semester. First time/new members, please contact the ensemble’s director before registering.


College/Community Band Ensembles

This ensemble is composed of advanced middle school students, high school students, college students, music educators, and community musicians. The ensemble performs two to three concerts per semester and draws on repertoire from standard wind and band literature. Open to students who have achieved NYSSMA level IV or higher. First time/new members, please contact the director before registering. Directed by V. Izzo: izzoi@sunyulster.edu

NCC 2121 CRN 67023 W 1/25-5/3 6:30-8:30pm SRC $50/semester (NOTE: Cost is $25 for current High School students. HS Students will need to call in directly to register at 845-339-2025)


Mixed Instrument Ensemble

Players of various instruments (woodwind, brass, guitar, bowed & plucked strings, keyboard, percussion) work up a program of music arranged for the combination of instruments enrolled in the course, and tailored to their skill levels. Music styles include renaissance, classical, jazz, pop/rock, etc. Mixed Instrument Ensemble performs two to three concerts each semester. Players should be proficient with several years of playing experience and be able to read standard music notation. First time/new members, please contact the director before registering. Directed by G. Dinger: dingerg@sunyulster.edu

NCC 2185 CRN 67025 T 1/24-5/2 2:40-4pm SRC $50/semester (NOTE: Cost is $25 for current High School students. HS Students will need to call in directly to register at 845-339-2025)


College Chorus

Choral musicians in the College Chorus gain experience in the study and performance of choral music repertoire representing diverse genres, style periods, and cultures. Emphasis is placed on developing the vocal instrument, and building choral music performance, ear training, and music reading skills. College Chorus performs two to three concerts each semester. Previous choral singing experience is helpful but not required.  First time/new members, please contact the director before registering. Directed by J. Gehres: gehresj@sunyulster.edu

NCC 2183 CRN 67027 M/W/F 1/23-5/8 12-12:55pm SRC $50/semester (NOTE: Cost is $25 for current High School students. HS Students will need to call in directly to register at 845-339-2025)

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