At the RMCMA we believe in building community through music. This philosophy permeates everything we do - from our outreach programs and work in the public schools, to Kaleidoscope Concerts, Broadway and Jazz ensembles and individual lessons.
Studying an instrument in a one-on-one setting is not necessarily a community building activity, but at the RMCMA you build relationships with teachers and other students. You will also join our larger community that includes students and families, faculty members, staff, and other community members you meet when attending concerts.
The expanded offerings in our 17th academic year reflect this commitment to building community. On the following pages you will find more opportunities than ever to learn about and create music with others. You don’t have to jump in all at once. We encourage you to find one program that interests you, sign up, and see where your passion takes you.
Whether you study individually, play in an ensemble, or sit in the audience at one of our concerts, you will find new friends to share in your experience. We look forward to seeing and hearing you.
WHY STUDY AT THE RMCMA?
• 40 skilled professional teaching artists are employed; 80% with advanced degrees in music or national/international performing and teaching experience. National background checks and formal performance reviews are conducted for all faculty and staff.
• Dedicated staff committed to outstanding service to our students and the community
• Award-winning Heartstrings program of tuition assistance and Musical Instrument Bank for families in need. We turn no one away!
• Welcoming, safe environment within our 10,000 sq. ft. former church building, including 12 teaching studios, two performance spaces, 21 pianos [featuring a 9-ft Steinway concert grand and a digital piano lab], free Wi-Fi enabled waiting area, computers with music software, a library of music, books, and recordings, and lots of shops and restaurants nearby
• Our six-week summer music festival (CMF) connects students with world-class musicians and performances. RMCMA students get discounted (and free!) tickets to CMF concerts, workshops and masterclass opportunities
• RMCMA students get $1 admission to the Kaleidoscope concert series, with 50% discount to accompanying parent/caregivers
• Many student performance opportunities: recitals, annual Performathon, Honors Recital, and community outreach (senior centers, etc.)
• Discounts for enrolling in multiple programs and for recording fees and space rental
• Free practice room space (subject to availability)
• In-house store, in collaboration with Lafayette Music, allowing students to conveniently purchase reeds, rosin, strings, and other items
• Opportunity to become part of a real community through music; great social environment for making connections, friends, and forming musical groups
• “Guild school” stature: as a full member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education, we have a commitment to excellence in arts education and access for all. The Guild provides us with support and training in best industry practices to ensure that we’re equipped to deliver the very best—for you!
• Electronic newsletters, Noteworthy and School Notes, filled with information about terrific upcoming performances and educational offerings