Dana Hall School of Music offers two 16-week semesters (fall
and spring), in addition to a flexible summer term. Students may register for lessons at any point during the year. For late starts, tuition will be pro-rated through the end
of the semester. Students may choose a weekly lesson day and time for a duration of either 30, 45 or 60 minutes. Lessons may be scheduled Monday-Saturday dependent upon teacher availability. All lessons take place at Dana Hall School
of Music. We
believe that learning in an environment dedicated to music is better for the
student and offers benefits beyond that of a home lesson.
Ensembles and Groups: Teens and Adults
Chamber ensembles, piano duos, rock groups, flute choir and jazz combos are flexibly arranged to meet the needs and interest of community music students of all ages.
Free Music Workshops
We host a variety of workshops open to all students. Topics have included Songwriter's Workshop, Introduction to Piano for Beginners, African Drumming, Music Theory and Try Trumpet.
Professional Music Faculty
Our music faculty is made up of nearly 30 professional musicians who are active teachers and performers in and around Boston. The first Sunday of each month, the School of Music hosts a faculty recital that is free and open to the community.
Suzuki Piano, Cello and Violin Lessons
We offer a modified approach to traditional Suzuki teaching. Our lesson-based program involves parental participation but not the rigorous schedule (only one lesson per week). We also offer group classes.
It can be difficult for adults to make a weekly commitment to lessons. The Flex
Pass offers the ability to purchase eight scheduled lessons at a convenient time for both student and teacher.
Life Long Learning Off-Hours Discount
Research has shown starting or revisiting an instrument later in life provides many health benefits. For a limited time, Dana Hall School of Music is
offering seniors ages 60+ a 30% discount on lessons between the hours of 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
and 6-9 p.m.
Summer SymphonY: June 22-27, 2014
The Summer Symphony is a summer camp for
adult musicians of all ages and musical backgrounds. This week-long
orchestral and choral
immersion program includes: workshops, invigorating repertoire,
chamber music and professional faculty guidance. The program is located on Dana Hall's campus, close to
the city of Boston and all it has to offer. For more information and/or to sign up for the 2014 Summer Symphony please click here. Please note, the application deadline has been extended to May 1, 2014.
Monthly String Jam
String Jam is a free, monthly event open to anyone (all ages welcome!) who plays a stringed orchestral instrument (Violin, Viola, Cello or Bass) at an advanced beginner level. A Dana Hall String Faculty member will lead relaxed readings of pieces covering a variety of styles all in a non-competitive, supportive environment.
This event takes place at the Dana Hall School of Music the last Saturday of each month until the end of May, from
2-4 p.m. The first string jam is is Saturday, January 25. Please R.S.V.P the Thursday prior to our jam by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 781-237-6542. Listen to a string jam session!
Tunes & Tales (Ages 2-5)
An active, theme-based mixture of songs, rhymes and creative movement.
Activities include responding to music and stories. Each class concludes
with a jam session with age-appropriate instruments.
Music Adventures (Ages 5-7)
Children build musical skills and knowledge through songs,
movement, instrument exploration, and games. A different musical topic guides
each week’s instruction.
Brown Bag & Jam (Ages 5-7)
Children enjoy friends and music over a meal, followed by topic-related songs, movement and instrument
exploration. Please remember to pack a light lunch when you join us for the Brown Bag & Jam.
Suzuki Box Violin (Ages 3-4)
For music school beginners, ages 3 or 4 with a caregiver. Students will build the foundation to play a suzuki violin, which teaches children the proper positioning without the frustration of
producing sound. Program includes
materials to create box violins.
The School of Music offers rolling registration so classes may start at any point. Click here for more information about the programs. Please contact Music Director Jennifer Gaul or Assistant Director Rachael Stachowiak for schedule
Performance is an important part of the experience at the School of Music. We believe that sharing music with others is an enriching experience for both the students and the community. Performing helps teachers and students set goals and achieve them. We strive to create performance opportunities that nurture each student so that performing becomes something natural and enjoyable. There are two student recital opportunities per month; one on a Tuesday or Thursday evening (usually the second week of each month), and one on a weekend (usually the third Sunday of each month). Performance is not required but is gently encouraged. Additionally, many faculty members host studio recitals either in the School of Music's intimate recital space or in Beverdige Hall located at 45 Dana Rd. on the Dana Hall campus across from the School of Music.
First Sunday Music Series
Now entering its third year, this free concert series takes place on the first Sunday of each month in Beveridge Hall. Each concert features one or more of our highly regarded faculty members as well as guest artists. School of Music faculty members are active and sought after performers in the Boston area and beyond. Diverse and creative programs highlight the series and provide a valuable cultural resource to the Wellesley community. All concerts are free and open to the public. General seating is available on a first-come basis.
Workshops and Master Classes
The School of Music is proud to sponsor a series of workshops and master classes that are free for registered School of Music students and families. Workshops cover a wide area of topics such as audition techniques, instrument care, how to practice effectively, musicianship and more. Master classes offer a unique opportunity to peek inside the learning process. During a public master class, selected students perform for a guest artist and work together on various parts of the piece. This is a dynamic forum that brings the entire audience inside the learning process and uncovers the nuance of working on a piece of music.
Beginning January 25, the School of Music will host a String Jam the last Saturday of each month. String players of any level (advanced beginners and up) are welcome to come and participate in this informal string group led by music faculty member Anna Griffis. This is a great chance to get together with other musicians in a relaxed setting and read pieces covering a variety of styles. This event is free and open to anyone who plays a stringed orchestral instrument (Violin, Viola, Cello or Bass).
Our music faculty is made up of nearly 30 professional musicians who are active teachers and performers around the Boston area.
Jennifer Gaul, Director
Rachael Stachowiak, Assistant Director
Christopher Lee, classical, jazz, pop
Mike Weidenfeller, classical, jazz, pop
Margaret Cerjan, violin
Esther deGrunigen, violin
Daniel Dona, violin and viola
Jennifer Fan, cello
Susanne Friedrich, cello
Tera Forsett, violin
Anna Griffis, Violin and Viola
Zhantao Lin, erhu
Joseph Demko, french horn
Elizabeth England, oboe
Ben Fox, oboe
Robert Hoveland, trombone and trumpet
Angela Longo, flute
Meghan MacFadden, saxophone
Danielle Occhipinti, clarinet
Rachael Stachowiak, bassoon
Wendy Vignaux, flute
Laura Wilkins, flute
Mike DiBari, guitar and electric bass
Bob Lasher, classical and electric guitar
Mike Weidenfeller, guitar and electric bass
Rock and Jazz Groups
Margaret Cerjan, Suzuki violin
Fumei Huang, Suzuki piano
Jennifer Fan, Suzuki cello
Zhantao Lin, Erhu
Jun Qin, Guzheng