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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 30283 Spring 2022 Term - 30 Minute Lessons SRC 5 Lessons $158

NCC 2116 CRN 30284 Spring 2022 Term - 45 Minute Lessons SRC 5 Lessons $236

NCC 2117 CRN 30285 Spring 2022 Term - 60 Minute Lessons SRC 5 Lessons $315

Music Ensembles & Band Offerings 

You can choose from string, mixed instrument, chorus, and community band ensembles. Weekly rehearsals are held throughout each semester. Most ensembles are only open to students who have achieved NYSSMA level V or higher or by audition. 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, 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.  Directed by V. Izzo:

NCC 2121 CRN 66943 W 1/25-5/4 6:30-8:30pm SRC $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 two to three concerts each semester. All first-time musicians should contact Dan Shaut before registering. Directed by D. Shaut:

NCC 2184 CRN 66944 T 1/25-5/5 5-7pm SRC $15/semester

Mixed Instrument Ensemble

Players of various instruments play music arranged by the instructor for the combination of instruments that enroll in the class. The music typically covers various styles: classical, jazz, rock, etc. and is tailored to the skills of the students/players.  Students should be proficient, with several years of playing experience, and be able to read standard music notation. Contact the director before registering. Directed by G. Dinger:

NCC 2185 CRN 66945 T 1/25-5/5 2:40-4pm SRC $15/semester

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 and is open to all students, faculty, staff and interested community members.  Previous choral singing experience is required.  Contact the director before registering. Directed by J. Gehres:

NCC 2183 CRN 66946 M/W/F 1/24-5/9 12-12:55pm  SRC $15/semester

String Ensemble

This ensemble is open to intermediate to advanced violin, viola, cello, and string bass players and 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 contemporary. There are two to three performances each semester within Ulster County. An audition is required prior to registering for this class.  Directed by A. Solberg:

NCC 2119 CRN 66947 M 1/24-5/9 6:30-8:30pm SRC $15/semester





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