Classes at Glen Echo Park & Westmoreland Circle

The Washington Conservatory of Music is pleased to offer an array of music classes and one-on-one music lessons at our Glen Echo Park location. All classes are taught by our esteemed faculty of performing artists and music educators at our music studio. View class descriptions, faculty biographies, and register for classes by clicking on the quick links below.
Please note: $13 Glen Echo Park class registration fee applies, unless otherwise noted. Online registration starts August 7.


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CLASS DESCRIPTIONS & REGISTRATION

Classes for School-Aged Children

Ukulele Club (Ages 8-12 years) | Contact Us | Register Online
Class 1: Th, Sep 15 - Nov 17, 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Class 2: Th, Jan 5 - Mar 9, 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Teacher: Mike Kligerman
At Glen Echo Park. Learn to play this little gem of an instrument and be part of the ukulele wave that's sweeping the ocean. Not only learn the basics of chords and strums in this fun class but be part of a ukulele band! Bring your own ukulele. 10 sessions. $160
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Suzuki String Academy - Beginning Violin & Viola (Ages 4 - 12 years) | Contact Us
Weekly One-on-One Individual Lesson (TBD) plus Group Class (Mondays, early evening)
Teacher: Jennifer Cluggish, M.M. or Steffani Kitayama, M.M.
Come be a part of an exciting new Suzuki String program at the Washington Conservatory of Music at Glen Echo Park! Our Suzuki Academy uses the highly respected and sequential instructional method developed by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. This method is based on the belief that "every child can" develop musical talent, and the scientifically-verified fact that learning music helps each child reach his or her full potential. This inclusive approach is dedicated to the ideals of nurturing and educating the whole person through music education. The parent or caregiver plays a vital role in the learning process, helps the child practice what is learned, and attends private lessons and group lessons with the child. This exciting program includes weekly private lessons, group classes, solo and group recitals, and outreach events. Call for information, tuition and registration details.
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Movie Songs for Kids! - Wednesdays (Ages 4 - 7 years) | Contact Us | Register Online
Class 1: W, Sep 21 – Jan 11 (no class Nov 23, Dec 28), 5:15 – 6 pm
Class 2: W, Feb 4 – May 20 (no class Apr 12), 5:15 – 6 pm
Teacher: Meghan O'Connell
A Level 3 class at Glen Echo Park. Become a singing star! Sing songs from popular children's films while having fun learning to breathe and care for the young voice and reinforce the elements of music. Performance for parents and friends at last class. This class applies the fundamentals of Level 1 and 2 in a vocal performance setting. Prior Conservatory Kids classes not required. 15 sessions. $345
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Movie Songs for Kids! - Saturdays (Ages 4 - 7 years) | Contact Us | Register Online
Class 1: Sa, Sep 24 – Jan 21 (no class Nov 26, Dec 24, Dec 31), 12 – 12:45 pm
Class 2: Sa, Feb 4 – May 20 (no class Apr 15), 12 – 12:45 pm
Teacher: Meghan O'Connell
A Level 3 class at Glen Echo Park. Become a singing star! Sing songs from popular children's films while having fun learning to breathe and care for the young voice and reinforce the elements of music. Performance for parents and friends at last class. This class applies the fundamentals of Level 1 and 2 in a vocal performance setting. Prior Conservatory Kids classes not required. 15 sessions. $345
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Recorder for Kids! (Ages 5 - 7 years) | Contact Us
Class: TBD
Teacher: Cheryl Hill
At Glen Echo Park. Learn to play the soprano recorder and the basics of music such as note reading, rhythm and tone. This class is an excellent bridge between Early Childhood Music classes and beginning individual lessons for other instruments. For the final class, students will perform for parents. Students who complete this class may continue study with an intermediate class or individual lessons as recommended by the teacher. Students may bring a recorder or purchase one from the Conservatory (assorted, limited colors). 8 sessions. $190, includes book.
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Guitar & Ukulele Classes - Teens & Adults

Beginning Ukulele | Contact Us | Register Online
Class 1: Th, Jan 5 - Mar 9, 6 – 7 pm
Teacher: Mike Kligerman
At Glen Echo Park. A fun class to explore this popular rediscovered little gem: the ukulele! You will learn simple chords and how to use them in a variety of songs – traditional to contemporary. Great for your own enjoyment, parties, open mics, or luaus! Bring ukulele & notebook. Minimum age 13. 10 session. $160
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Continuing Ukulele | Contact Us | Register Online
Class 1: Th, Sep 15 - Nov 17, 6 - 7 pm
Teacher: Mike Kligerman
At Glen Echo Park. Take your basic skills to a new level with more picking and some melody, too! A great opportunity to explore all those songs you really want to play. Beginning Uke or equivalent required. Bring ukulele & notebook. Minimum age 13. 10 session. $160
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Acoustic Guitar for Beginners | Contact Us | Register Online
Class 1: Th, Sep 15 – Nov 17, 7 – 8 pm
Class 2: Th, Jan 5 – Mar 9, 7 – 8 pm
Teacher: Mike Kligerman
At Glen Echo Park. Learn a few chords and strums; you’ll be playing satisfying versions of your favorite songs in this fun class. You know a lot about music just from years of listening. Use that knowledge and you’ll be playing by ear in no time at all. Bring guitar and notebook. Minimum age 13. 10 sessions. $160
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Intermediate Acoustic Guitar| Contact Us | Register Online
Class 1: Th, Sep 15 – Nov 17, 8 – 9 pm
Class 2: Th, Jan 5 – Mar 9, 8 – 9 pm
Teacher: Mike Kligerman
At Glen Echo Park. So you’ve taken beginning guitar or you’ve been playing for a while and want to get to the next level. Learn some finger picking and other techniques that will make your playing more interesting. Use these skills to play songs you love. Bring guitar and notebook. Minimum age 13. 10 sessions. $160
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Guitar Songs | Contact Us | Register Online
Class 1: Th, Sep 15 – Nov 17, 9 – 10 pm
Class 2: Th, Jan 5 – Mar 9, 9 – 10 pm
Teacher: Mike Kligerman
At Glen Echo Park. Expand your technique and repertoire by playing songs you love. Learn or improve your picking and strumming to add some melody to your playing in this entertaining class. Bring guitar and notebook. Minimum age 13. 10 sessions. $160
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Holiday Guitar & Ukulele Workshop | Contact Us | Register Online
Workshop: Th, Dec 1, 7 – 9:30 pm
Teacher: Mike Kligerman
At Glen Echo Park. Learn to play your favorite holiday songs in this fun workshop. Chords and words will be provided as well as tips on leading a group sing-a-long. Seasonal music spans the ages and styles and is a great way to improve your playing. Bring your guitar/ukulele and voice! Minimum age 13. 1 session. $26
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Folk & Traditional Music Classes - Teens & Adults

Beginning Irish Bodhran | Contact Us | Register Online
Class: M, Oct 10 – Nov 14, 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Teacher: Jesse Winch
At Glen Echo Park. Class focuses on traditional Kerry-style of playing emphasizing drum positioning, stick control, basic styles. Tune types include jig, reel, hornpipe, slip jig, slide, polka. Discussion of definition, characteristics of Irish traditional music including history, role of percussion. Student must provide own instrument. Minimum age 10. 6 sessions. $131
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Irish Bodhran Workshop | Contact Us | Register Online
Class: M, Jan 23 – Feb 6, 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Teacher: Jesse Winch
At Glen Echo Park. Bodhran enthusiasts everywhere! Sharpen your skills and refresh your technique in a three-week, three-class workshop for bodhran players of all levels. The class will be tailored to your particular abilities, focusing on individual needs in a group setting. Student must provide own instrument. Minimum age 10. 3 session. $66
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Continuing/Intermediate Irish Bodhran | Contact Us | Register Online (opens late Jan/early Feb)
Class: Offered in the Spring
Teacher: Jesse Winch
At Glen Echo Park. This class picks up where the Beginning class ended and continues working on all of the Irish dance rhythms. Includes video presentations and discussion. Prerequisite: Beginning Bodhran (offered in the fall), solid understanding of traditional Irish tune-types, and good, basic stick control. Student must provide own instrument. Info: jessewinch@hotmail.com. Minimum age 10. 6 sessions. $131
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Introductory Irish Fiddle | Contact Us | Register Online
Class 1: W, Sep 7 – Jan 11 (no class Oct 12, Nov 23, Dec 21, Dec 28), 7:15 – 8:15 pm
Class 2: W, Feb 1 – May 17 (no class Apr 12), 7:15 – 8:15pm
Teacher: Mitch Fanning
At Glen Echo Park. For adult violinists with a minimum 5 year of study, preferably in private lessons. Learn in rich, mostly aural, Irish Fiddle tradition of a group setting. Jigs, reels, hornpipes, mazurkas, highlands, barn dances; ornamentation, bowing options, principles. Fun tunes; ear training! Student must provide own instrument. Minimum age 18. 15 sessions. $285
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Intermediate Irish Fiddle | Contact Us | Register Online
Class 1: W, Sep 7 – Jan 11 (no class Oct 12, Nov 23, Dec 21, Dec 28), 8:15 – 9:15 pm
Class 2: W, Feb 1 – May 17 (no class Apr 12), 8:15 – 9:15 pm
Teacher: Mitch Fanning
At Glen Echo Park. For more experienced fiddle players and/or students who have taken Introductory Irish Fiddle. Continue to learn traditional Irish jigs, reels, hornpipes, mazurkas, highlands, barn dances and more, plus ornamentation and bowings. Student must provide own instrument. Minimum age 18. 15 sessions. $285
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Celtic Backup for Bouzouki & Guitar | Contact Us | Register Online
Class: Tu, Nov 22 – Jan 24 (no class Dec 27), 7 - 8 pm
Teacher: Keith Carr
At Glen Echo Park. Intermediate level. Covers techniques of accompaniment for jigs, reels, hornpipes, etc. with focus on rhythm patterns, constructing chord progressions. Bouzouki tuning will be GDAD; guitarists may use any tuning provided it allows for standard major and minor chords. Recording device helpful. Must provide own instrument. Minimum age 15. 9 sessions. $234
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Irish Tenor Banjo & Mandolin | Contact Us | Register Online
Class: Tu, Nov 22 – Jan 24 (no class Dec 27), 8 - 9 pm
Teacher: Keith Carr
At Glen Echo Park. Covers Irish melody style playing for mandolin & four-string banjo tuned GDAE. Advanced beginner and intermediate level players; should have prior experience with a fretted instrument. Well-known session tunes serve as examples and include reels, jigs, hornpipes. Recording device helpful. Must provide own instrument. Minimum age 15. 9 sessions. $234
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Beginning Irish Tin Whistle | Contact Us | Register Online
Class: Tu, Jan 31 – Mar 28, 7-8 pm
Teacher: Tina Eck
At Glen Echo Park. Irish tin whistle for beginning players. Explore the rich, mostly aural tradition of Irish music. Simple tunes learned by ear. Jigs, reels, hornpipes, polkas. Fingering, scales, breath control, intonation, basic repertoire, listening recommendations. Bring Irish tin whistle in key of D, recording device. Minimum age 13. 9 sessions. $197
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Intermediate Irish Tin Whistle | Contact Us | Register Online
Class: Tu, Sep 6 – Nov 8 (no class Oct 4), 7 - 8 pm
Teacher: Tina Eck
At Glen Echo Park. Irish tin whistle for intermediate players; builds on Beginning Irish Tin Whistle class. Fundamental Irish tin whistle playing skills required. Explore Irish music repertoire. Jigs, reels, hornpipes, polkas. Focus on tone, ornamentation, intonation, breath control, learning by ear. Bring Irish tin whistle in key of D, recording device. Minimum age 13. 9 sessions. $197
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Beginning Irish Flute | Contact Us | Register Online
Class: Tu, Jan 31 – Mar 28, 8 - 9 pm
Teacher: Tina Eck
At Glen Echo Park. Irish flute for beginning players. Intonation, technique, breath control, embouchure, posture, ornamentation. Simple Irish session tunes, basic repertoire, listening recommendations. Bring Irish flute in key of D, recording device. Instructor can provide limited number of Irish flutes for students not owning one. Minimum age 13. 9 sessions. $197
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Intermediate/Advanced Irish Flute | Contact Us | Register Online
Class: Tu, Sep 6 – Nov 8 (no class Oct 4), 8 - 9 pm
Teacher: Tina Eck
At Glen Echo Park. Builds on Beginning Irish Flute class. Explores additional repertoire, ornamentation, phrasing; also focuses on tone, breath control, session tunes, playing by ear. Fundamental Irish flute playing skills required. Bring a simple system Irish flute and recording device. Minimum age 13. 9 sessions. $197
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North Indian Classical Music (Hindustani) - Teens and Adults

Beginning Tabla | Contact Us | Register Online
Class 1: Su, Sep 18 – Jan 15 (no class Nov 27, Dec 25, Jan 1), 1 - 2 pm
Class 2: Su, Feb 5 – May 21 (no class Apr 16), 1 - 2 pm
Teacher: Debu Nayak
This introductory class covers basic finger techniques and standard rhythmic patterns (compositions). Three basic tals (patterns) will be learned: Tin taal (16-beats), Rupak taal (7 beats) and Jhaap taal (10 beats). No previous experience necessary. Based on traditional Indian teaching method of teacher and apprentice, under the tutelage of acclaimed tabla soloist and accompanist, Debu Nayak. Last class includes public performance. For teens and adults. Minimum age 13. 15 sessions. $597
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Intermediate Tabla | Contact Us | Register Online
Class 1: Su, Sep 18 – Jan 15 (no class Nov 27, Dec 25, Jan 1), 2 - 3 pm
Class 2: Su, Feb 5 – May 21 (no class Apr 16), 2 - 3 pm
Teacher: Debu Nayak
For students who play at a beginner level. This class will focus on compositions and techniques from Farukhabad and Delhi school of tabla, guided by acclaimed tabla soloist and accompanist, Debu Nayak. Compositions will focus on dhirkit technique based on relas (fast moving syllables) and kaidas (fixed compositions). Last class includes public performance. For teens and adults. 15 sessions. $597
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Advanced Tabla | Contact Us | Register Online
Class 1: Su, Sep 18 – Jan 15 (no class Nov 27, Dec 25, Jan 1), 3 - 4 pm
Class 2: Su, Feb 5 – May 21 (no class Apr 16), 1 - 2 pm
Teacher: Debu Nayak
This class includes five schools of tabla playing techniques: Delhi, Punjab, Farukhabad, Beneras, Lucknow. Students will also learn accompanying techniques and how to play tabla solos, guided by acclaimed tabla soloist and accompanist, Debu Nayak. The accompanying techniques (sangaat) include compositions such as peshkaar, uthan, gaat, parans, and various other compositions from these five schools. Last class includes public performance. For teens and adults. 15 sessions. $597
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Tabla Private Instruction | Contact Us
Teacher: Debu Nayak
Student will be taught the North Indian classical (Hindustani) tabla based on his/her level of expertise and experience - beginners to advanced. Private instruction allows for individual attention on techniques, finger placement, and compositional clarity and supports faster advancement. Individual instruction is with acclaimed tabla soloist and acompanist, Debu Nayak. Weekly private lessons are arranged on an individual basis on Sunday afternoons after 4 pm. Contact us for individual lesson tuition, registration, and further information. For all ages.
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Adult Singing Classes

Introduction to Singing for Adults | Contact Us | Register Online
Class 1: M, Sep 26 – Jan 9 (no class Dec 26), 7 - 8 pm
Teacher: Kathleen Bavaar Cobb
Yes, you can sing! It's never too late to learn! In a group setting, enjoy learning ways to warm up your voice for the best sound, range, and vocal health, how to stay in tune, and how changes in posture and breathing can help you sing. You will learn a technique that applies to all styles of music, along with basic skills in reading notes and pitches. (And no one is required to sing alone!) Minimum age 18. 15 sessions. $345
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Continuing Intro to Singing for Adults | Contact Us | Register Online
Class 1: M, Jan 30 – May 15 (no class Apr 10), 7 - 8 pm
Teacher: Kathleen Bavaar Cobb
A continuation of Introduction to Singing for Adults, this class reinforces and builds upon techniques learned in that class, including warming up, healthful singing, staying in tune, posture, and breathing. Students with prior singing experience may enroll with prior permission of instructor. Minimum age 18. 15 sessions. $345
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Washington Conservatory Encore Chorale | Contact Us | Register Online
Class 1: Th, Sep 8 – Dec 22 (no class Nov 24), 1 – 2:30 pm, Ballroom Back Room
Class 2: Th, Jan 12 – Apr 20, 1 – 2:30 pm, Ballroom Back Room
Teacher: Jeanne Kelly
Love to sing? Are you over 55? Then Encore Chorale is the perfect way to spend your Thursday afternoon. Join these very talented 85 singers in rehearsing exciting four-part (SATB) repertoire in preparation for spectacular holiday concerts at Cultural Arts Center and The Kennedy Center. There are no auditions and singers may sit for rehearsals and performances. Tuition includes music and rehearsal CD. Conductors are Jeanne Kelly, Founder of Encore and Jeffrey Dokken, Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia. Jeanne Kelly: 301-261-5747; info@encorecreativity.org; http://encorecreativity.org. Minimum age 55. 15 sessions. $185
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Encore Rocks | Contact Us | Register Online
Class 1: W, Sep 7 – Dec 21 (no class Nov 23), 1:30 – 3 pm, Ballroom Back Room
Class 2: W, Jan 11 – Apr 19, 1:30 – 3 pm, Ballroom Back Room
Teacher: Jeffrey Dokken
Do you sing "California Dreamin'" in the car and belt out "Proud Mary" in the shower? If you want to have a blast singing rock 'n' roll with a group of like-minded folks, you are in luck. Join Encore Rocks, a rock 'n' roll chorus for singers age 55 and up. Sing hit tunes in three parts under the fabulous direction of Jeff Dokken and present a concert at the end of the fifteen-week session. More info: Jeanne Kelly, 301-261-5747; info@encorecreativity.org; http://encorecreativity.org. Minimum age 55. 15 sessions. $185
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