"When I see my teacher each week it is a really nice block of time where I can put away my outside stresses and do something I love with the help of someone who always encourages me and makes me laugh. More than anything, I will miss being part of a community that has embraced me in such a strong and loving way and helped me to keep music in my life when things were hard and to share it with others in any way I can to lift them up as well."
– Molly Cahill, voice student, Graduating Senior 2016
At a glance:
SSC Instrument Offerings
Piano, voice, violin, fiddle, viola, cello, double bass, harp, classical and traditional guitar, electric guitar and bass guitar, banjo, ukulele, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, baritone, French horn, Tuba, clarinet(s), saxophone(s), flute, piccolo, oboe, English horn, bassoon, drums, percussion (timpani and mallets) and theory and composition. Suzuki lessons are offered in: Piano, Flute, violin, cello and guitar.
Why choose SSC?
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Payment plans are available.
We recommend a starting age of between five and seven for traditional music lessons. The Suzuki method, available for children as young as age 3 is available in strings, flute, piano and guitar. It is appropriate and rewarding to begin vocal study at any age and we have faculty trained to meet the needs of students in all developmental stages. For more detailed information regarding private voice lessons and group classes please visit the voice department webpage.
Creating a successful teacher/student match is very important to us. Our faculty members have many specializations, diverse talents, teaching styles and personalities. The more we know about the way you or your child learns, their goals and interests, the more likely we are going to create a lasting and reward pairing. Your first step is to fill out the student profile form. After careful review, a member of our placement team will then contact you to discuss placement with a Conservatory faculty member.
At SSC we feel that finding the right teacher for you or your child is paramount therefore we highly recommend a trial lesson first. This gives you an opportunity to meet the faculty member and ascertain whether their teaching style and personality are a good match for you or your child.
As a non-profit we cannot afford to give lessons away for free. Trial lessons, offered at the normal lesson price, offer students a chance to meet with a teacher to assess whether this is a good match and visit our community before a commitment is made.
If you would like to schedule a trial lesson please fill out and submit the student profile form and a member of our placement team will contact you or contact us directly at:
Hingham Placement Coordinator, 781 749 7565 ext 10 (Hingham), Nancy Meredith - Duxbury Campus Manager firstname.lastname@example.org 781 934 2731 ext 11 (Duxbury)
If you have already scheduled a trial lesson with a member of our placement team, and would like to pay online, you can go to the Trial Lessons web page and use the appropriate paypal button for payment and bring the printed receipt to the front desk when you come for the lesson.
After the trial lesson has occurred and/or a teacher, day and time have been established our registration team will contact you to assist you in completing registration paperwork and setting up payment. Our academic year is 34 weeks divided into two 17 weeks semesters, fall and spring. Private lesson enrollment is open throughout the year and tuition is prorated based on the start date of your lessons. If you sign up during the fall semester you are automatically registered for the spring semester unless we hear from you otherwise. You can pay in full for the year or by semester. Deferred payment plans are available for a small fee. For detailed information regarding registration visit our registration page.
Since faculty members reserve a weekly teaching slot for each student, they are not required to makeup lessons due to student absence. In order to secure faculty of the very highest quality, SSC pays its faculty for all scheduled lessons, regardless of whether the student is absent. Therefore, each adult student/parent is financially responsible for all lessons regardless of cancellation. Advanced notification of an absence is a courtesy to the faculty member, but it does not exempt the student from payment as contracted. If your lesson is cancelled due to teacher absence that lesson will be made-up as a private lesson by the teacher.
Firstly, we encourage you to discuss this with your teacher. Often a conversation can open up new avenues and facilitate a discovery which had been preventing the connection. If there are still concerns, please contact the Hingham Placement Coordinator at 781-749-7565 ext. 10 who will help to find a more suitable placement with the help of the department chair and the outgoing faculty member.
Finding a new time slot with the same teacher is challenging once a teacher’s schedule is set. We advise that you try to pick a time slot when working with our admissions team during placement that will allow for any changes such as sports starting up. The consistency of private instruction is one the keys to its success. Please contact the Hingham Placement Coordinator who will try to accommodate a switch, but we cannot guarantee a mutually satisfying solution.
The Suzuki Method is a process of teaching children based on how they develop language. In our Suzuki program students have two lessons a week, one private lesson and one lesson in a group comprised of musicians of similar age and ability. Just as parents play an active role in teaching children their mother-tongue, parents here too, play an active role in their child's development. By attending lessons and working with the teachers, parents are instructed on how to help their children practice at home. In addition to daily practice, students also have a daily listening assignment which help develop their ear and learn the repertoire. Suzuki students and parents participate in a community which includes play-ins, concerts, and parent meetings to celebrate their children's progress.