ABOUT PRIVATE LESSONS DURING THE PANDEMIC – MOST FACULTY WILL OFFER IN-PERSON LESSONS, WITH APPROPRIATE PRECAUTIONS, FOR THOSE WHO WANT THEM. ANYONE WHO HAS HEALTH CONCERNS MAY CONTINUE TO TAKE LESSONS ON LINE. THIS MAY CHANGE DURING THE TERM, DEPENDING ON LOCAL CONDITIONS AND GUIDANCE.
About the School
Mountain Top Music Center offers private instruction for all orchestral and band instruments (strings, winds, brass), plus harp, piano, bass, acoustic and electric guitar, voice, and percussion. Lessons in additional instruments can be arranged by appointment. Affordable instrument rental, scholarships, and payment plans are available to all students.
Private lessons are appropriate for students of all ages and abilities and are an extremely effective way to improve a musician’s solo and ensemble playing. Students enrolled in the private lesson program have the opportunity to perform in recitals and informal gatherings throughout the year.
Early Childhood, Youth & Teen
Mountain Top Music Center provides coordinated music education to all ages and skill levels, from babies to elders. For very young children,Music for Babies, Preschool Music, Keyboard Kids and more provide foundational music skills to support early learning and brain development. Our partnerships with area schools and childcare organizations provide music programming that enriches and complements music and arts activities for children in the wider community. The Top of the Mountain honors program provides masterclasses, performance opportunities, and additional resources for teens wishing to focus on their musicianship.
Adult learners make up a significant and active part of Mountain Top Music Center’s community. In addition to private lessons, we offer ensemble opportunities tailored to adult musicians.
Mountain Top Music Center’s private lesson faculty comprises outstanding teachers and performers from the Mount Washington Valley and surrounding communities. The faculty shares the philosophy that great teaching and learning takes place in a constructive and supportive environment. Lessons are tailored to the age, skill level, interests, and learning goals of each individual student.
Students in the private lesson program have the opportunity to perform in community recitals, Mountain Top’s unique, “Performance Potlucks” and other performance events throughout the year. More advanced students might even wish to schedule a solo recital or share a recital program with a friend.
Ensemble experiences build both musicianship and friendship. Groups include:
- Jazz Band for Adults
- Chamber Ensembles
- Piano Duetters
- Singers’ Workshop
- Cover/Jam Band
- Strings After School
- Beginning Ukulele
- Youth Ensemble
The Mountain Top Music Center Community Orchestra brings together students, faculty, community members, amateurs, and professionals alike to collaborate on orchestral repertoire and perform several concerts per year in venues around the region. The Orchestra often collaborates with other performing arts groups in the area
Mountain Top Music Center has a limited number of instruments available for rental on a monthly basis by students enrolled in our educational programs. A rental fee of $15 per month will be charged for all instruments on rental as of the first of each month. Renter is responsible for damage or loss.
As part of our mission to provice “music for all”, we strive to make music education affordable and accessible. Payment plans, multi-lesson discounts and affordable instrument rental are available to all students. Need-based tuition assistance is available as our funding allows.
The study of music can be a joyous and rewarding experience. It offers a unique opportunity to develop simultaneously one’s self-expression, artistry and self-discipline. In order to make good progress you will need to do the following:
- Attend lessons regularly and be on time.
- Practice every day in a quiet place. Remember that the quality of practice time is as important as quantity.
- Keep your music and instrument in good order and bring your music to lessons.
- Attend live music performances at every opportunity. Current Mountain Top students may attend any Mountain Top concert free of charge.
- Enjoy yourself and remember to take pride in being a student of music.
Students pay for all lessons in the semester regardless of attendance (registrations after the beginning of the semester will be pro-rated). Students should notify the office of any absence as soon as possible, out of courtesy to the instructor. This does not exempt the student from payment.
If a teacher must be absent, the student will be notified as promptly as possible. All teacher absences and weather cancellations will be made up or credited.
Private lesson students registered for an entire term may make up one notified student absence in the 13-week Fall Semester and two notified student absences in the 18-week Spring semester, at the teacher’s discretion. There are no makeups in the 8-week Summer Term.
There are no makeups for student absences from group lessons. If a group lesson is cancelled by Mountain Top, it will be made up.
Mountain Top Music Center will occasionally cancel class due to inclement weather. Weather-related Mountain Top closings will be posted to our website and announced on the recorded message on our office number. If possible, they will also be announced on WMWV 93.5 FM and wmwv.com. If inclement weather starts later in the day, call the office at 447-4737 to check for a recorded message. All activities cancelled due to weather will be made up during make-up week at the end of the semester or by other arrangements.
Mountain Top Music Center reserves the right to cancel any group class that does not meet the required minimum of students.
Fall 2020 Term:
Monday, September 14 to Friday, December 18
Recital week: December 7-11
Makeup week: December 21-24
Holidays (no classes):
Monday, October 12 (Indigenous People’s Day/Columbus Day)
Tuesday, November 24; Wednesday, November 25; Thursday, November 26; Friday, November 27 (Thanksgiving Break)
Spring 2021 Term:
Recital week: May 17-21
Makeup weeks: June 1-4, June 7-11
Holidays (no classes):
January 18 (Martin Luther King Day)
February 14-20 (February break)
April 25-May 1 (Spring break)