Any student, with his or her teacher’s approval, may perform in monthly recitals on Sundays throughout the academic year. Pianists will have the opportunity to perform on our nine-foot Blüthner concert grand. Adult students may perform in regular student recitals, adult-only recitals, and at informal parties. Faculty members may also schedule studio class recitals. WCM provides a staff accompanist for the recitals and up to 30 minutes of rehearsal for each soloist or ensemble prior to the recitals. Additional rehearsal time is paid for by the student. Students who choose an outside accompanist are responsible for the entire payment.
Each year teachers are invited to nominate their most outstanding students (grade school through high school) to audition for the Conservatory’s culminating student recital: the Honors Recital. Students audition before a panel of judges. Those selected by the judges to perform receive certificates of achievement at the recital. It is the responsibility of students who audition to provide their own accompanist for the audition. For the recital, students are provided an accompanist, in accordance with standard WCM recital procedures.
Each semester, teachers may arrange for their students to meet together to explore in depth some aspect of the instrument and/or to perform for each other in an informal learning environment. Depending on the students’ needs, studio classes can be used as preparation for, or in lieu of, monthly student recitals. Studio classes are free to students registered for individual lessons; however, a minimal accompanist fee may be applied.
Written Feedback from Instructors
WCM considers written feedback an important part of the learning process. After the end of the spring semester, private lesson students receive written evaluations from their teachers about their musical progress. Evaluations provide students and parents with an overview of student achievement and may include recommendations for topics and strategies students can focus on in order to have a more rewarding musical experience.
Free Admission to Concerts
WCM invites students to attend monthly concerts by faculty members and acclaimed guest artists. Past performers include the Fine Arts String Quartet, John O’Conor, Alexander Paley, the Pressenda Chamber Players, and many others. There is no charge for admission, and no expectation that students donate. These opportunities to experience live music form an invaluable part of students’ music education. For WCM’s concert schedule, see here.