The Washington Conservatory of Music is dedicated to fostering musical excellence by providing a nurturing environment in which students of all ages and levels may benefit from the expertise of outstanding multinational faculty members. Individual instruction is the cornerstone of all music training at WCM.
Students of all levels are accepted for individual lessons without an audition. The age at which a student may begin private instrumental instruction depends upon the instrument and the individual student. Please call the office (301-320-2770 or 202-237-8206) for guidance.
Individual instruction is offered in the following:
To experience the greatest benefit from weekly individual music lessons, students of all ages are enthusiastically encouraged to immediately establish a regular daily practice routine, in accord with the individual guidance of the student's WCM teacher.
Any student, with his or her teacher's approval, may perform in regularly scheduled recitals on Sundays throughout the year (see student planner, page 7). Adult students may perform in regular student recitals, adult-only recitals and in soirees held in private homes. Guitar students may perform in guitar-only recitals and regular student recitals. Faculty members may also schedule studio class recitals.
Each semester, an individual teacher may arrange for his/her students to meet together to explore in depth some aspect of the instrument and/or to perform for each other in an informal learning environment. Depending on the student's needs, studio classes can be used as preparation for or in lieu of regular student recitals. Studio classes are free to students registered for individual lessons; however, a minimal accompanist fee may be applied.
Free Admission to Concerts
WCM students are admitted free to outstanding concerts at the Conservatory by faculty members and guest artists.
WCM will provide a staff accompanist for students performing in WCM recitals and up to 30 minutes of rehearsal for each soloist or ensemble prior to recitals. Rehearsals with the staff accompanist are arranged between the student and the accompanist. Additional rehearsal time is paid directly to the accompanist. Students who choose a non-Conservatory accompanist are responsible for the entire payment.
Discounted Rates for Theory and Sight-Singing Classes
Since the study of music theory and sight-singing is an essential supplement to the study of instruments and voice, students who take individual lessons at WCM receive a discount on these classes. See page 16. This discount does not apply to private lessons in theory or sight-singing.
At the end of the spring semester, all students have an opportunity to perform before faculty panels and receive written evaluations and study-audio tapes of their performance. Jury fee is $15. An accompanist is provided at the jury for vocal students, for whom the jury fee is $20. Any rehearsal time is arranged directly with the accompanist and paid for by the student.
Student Evaluations By Private Instructors
After the end of the spring semester, students will receive from their teachers written reports of their musical progress.
Each year teachers are invited to nominate their most outstanding students (grade school through high school) to audition for the Conservatory's culminating student recital: the Honors Recital. Students audition before a panel of judges. Those selected by the judges to perform receive certificates of achievement at the recital. It is the responsibility of students who audition to provide their own accompanist for the audition. For the recital, students are provided an accompanist, in accordance with standard WCM recital procedures.