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Music Conservatory

The Convent & Stuart Hall Music Conservatory offers lessons to students interested in gaining proficiency — and eventually mastery — of a musical instrument in a positive instructional setting. Lessons are offered for violin (K–8), and piano, guitar and bass guitar (Grades 1–8). The program, designed for serious music students, offers a safe and fun environment for learning an instrument as well as music theory and creative expression.

2019–20 Program Overview
  • Lessons begin October 1, 2019 and will run through May 22, 2020.
  • All students who have been in the program for at least two years are expected to participate in the two recitals, one on January 26, 2020 and the other on May 16, 2020.
  • Piano, guitar and bass lessons are available to students in Grades 1–8; violin lessons are offered to students grades K–8.
  • Students enrolled in the program are expected to regularly practice their instrument at home.
  • Families are responsible for providing the instrument of choice and other music materials for lessons. We no longer offer paired lessons to incoming students. Those who were enrolled in paired lessons last year may continue with that arrangement.
2019–20 Program Policies
  • Unless a student is sick, lesson cancellations require 24 hours notice. Families should reach out to their music teacher directly.
  • If a scheduling conflict arises due to a school sport or drama production, a student may change the day of their music lesson (once per year). Please contact Performing Arts
  • Director Bonnie Fraenza with questions.
  • After School Program care is no longer included with the cost of music lessons. Please see below for details.
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2019–20 After School Program (ASP) Information
The After School Program helps facilitate music lessons. How it works:
  • If your student has a music lesson, please send them to ASP.
  • If your student needs after school care before or after a music lesson, they may:
    1. Register for a general ASP Plan (see the ASP page for plan options).
    2. Register for a full-year Music Conservatory ASP Plan. The special rate for Music Conservatory students is $600 per year. Please note: Aftercare only applies on the day of your lesson. Drop-in to ASP.
    3. Drop-ins are billed at a higher rate than regular ASP plans, but a fee will not apply if your child is picked up at or before 4:30 p.m. (4 p.m. on Fridays). There is no need to pre-register.

Practicing at Home
A critical step in gaining performance aptitude is practice. Practice develops muscle memory, a musical ear, and is the path to artistry. If you do not have a piano at home, piano students may utilize a keyboard with full size keys. Let us know if you do not have a piano or keyboard, and we will do our best to help. Guitar, bass guitar and violin students will be expected to rent, acquire or purchase their instrument.
Daily practice at home (a minimum of five days per week) is required to be considered a Music Conservatory student. Parents are encouraged to keep a daily practice log, which music teachers will review with students each week. There are different ways to keep a log; older students may use an app while younger students may use a printed log provided by their teacher.
Additional Notes
  • Parents are invited and encouraged to sit in on lessons once or twice in a semester. Please arrange your visit with the teacher in advance.
  • While recitals are not mandatory, we strongly advise all students with two or more years of study to participate.
  • Recital dates are Sunday, January 26, 2020 and Saturday, May 16, 2020. Both events last from 1–3 p.m.


Performing Arts, Department Chair(415) 345-5801
Photo of a student playing the trumpet.