Learn. Grow. Create.

At the Conservatory string instruments are our specialty. Toddlers to seniors can learn to play this exciting instrument family.


More class information can be found in our online registration system, click on the course links below.

For Youth

Child/Parent Strings (ages 3-8)

Your child starts with private lessons then moves into these groups when your instructor feels your child is ready.

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Group Class encourages learning to play as an ensemble, polishing performance pieces, reviewing repertoire, building community, and connecting with other families. The Musicianship Class involves learning theory basics and other skills to improve performance. Join anytime of the year, fee prorated based on registration date. Contact our Student Services office to register after September.

  • Cello Group (first year students)
  • Cello Group (second year and older)
  • Violin Group (first year students)
  • Violin Group (second year and older)

String Orchestra (ages 7-14)

This orchestra introduces students to playing music from a variety of periods and to working as an ensemble musician. New students are welcome to join in September or January following a placement exercise (to determine orchestra section) with our conductor.

Cello Drama! (ages 7+)

These courses offer cellists of beginner to advanced skills the opportunity to supplement weekly private lessons or String Orchestra with further engagement in their instrument. Cello Drama! Junior is led by Joel MacDonald and Senior is led by Simon Fryer.

  • Cello Drama! Junior
  • Cello Drama! Senior

For Adults (ages 16+)

Campfire Guitar

This course will introduce beginner adult students to their first chords, singing while playing, and tuning their instrument. All Campfire Guitar programs are taught by Renee Coghill.

Cello Choir

Held every other week during the year, this Cello Choir is for adult amateur cellists who want to play cello music together in a non-competitive, supportive group; everyone from beginners to advanced players is welcome. Join anytime of the year, fee prorated based on registration date. Contact our Student Services office to register after September.

Cello for Beginners

Learn to play the cello with instructor Joel MacDonald. Instruments must be rented before the first class.

  • Level 1 (Fall Term)
  • Level 2 (Winter Term)
  • Level 3 (Spring Term)


An introduction to Hawaii’s small but mighty guitar-like musical instrument, students will learn to strum, chord and accompany songs. Level 2 continues to build skills learned in Level 1. There is no difference between Level 1 Afternoon and Evening the only difference is the time of day.


You can use the Filters on the Program Search page to browse all Centre for Continuing Education or Conservatory of Performing Arts.

Filter Type Filter Description
Location Centre for Continuing Education All classes offered through the Centre for Continuing education
Program Category Group Music and Dance All music and dance classes offered by the Conservatory of Performing Arts
Department Conservatory of Performing Arts All classes offered by the Conservatory of Performing Arts

There are other filters as well so you can narrow your search as much, or as little, as you want.


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