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.
Summer Symphony - Inspiring adults to make music together
Monday, June 22 -
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Created expressly for adult amateur musicians, Summer
Symphony is an immersive, six-day music program that takes place on the
picturesque 52 acre Dana Hall campus in beautiful Wellesley, Massachusetts. On-campus
housing and meals are included in the price of tuition. For those staying
off-campus, the program offers a special commuter price.
The week is designed as a full music immersion for
instrumentalists and includes daily orchestral rehearsals and sectionals. The
week culminates in a concert that is open to the public. Additional activities
include informal chamber music readings, add-on lessons, discussion groups and
an opening night reception with concert. Applications will be available in January 2015. Early
registration deadline is March 15, 2015.
Flex Pass Package
The Flex Pass offers adults scheduling flexibility and the
opportunity to try a new instrument (or get reacquainted with an old one)
before making a long-term commitment. Each Flex Pass includes eight individual
lessons that are scheduled at a date and time that is mutually agreed upon by
the teacher and student. Adults may enroll at any time and the Flex Pass is
valid six months from the purchase date.
Flex Pass Tuition:
minutes: $400, 45 minutes: $560, 60 minutes: $640
This free, monthly event is for anyone who plays violin,
viola, cello and/or bass at an advanced beginner level. Open to the community
(all ages are welcome!) as well as Dana Hall School of Music students, the Jam
is a relaxed reading of pieces covering a variety of styles and led by a Dana
Hall String Faculty member. This is the perfect opportunity to play with others
in a non-competitive and supportive environment. For more information, please
email email@example.com or call 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. 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.
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
Dr. Fumei Huang
Dr. Christopher Lee
Dr. Daniel Doña, violin/viola
Jennifer Fan, cello
Susanne Friedrich, cello
Tera Gorsett, violin
Anna Griffis, violin/viola
Joseph Demko, french horn
Alicia Maloney, trumpet/saxophone/oboe/clarinet
Robert Hoveland, trombone/trumpet
Angela Longo, flute
Danielle Occhipinti, clarinet
Rachael Stachowiak, bassoon
Wendy Vignaux, flute
Laura Wilkins, flute
Guitar and Bass
Mike DiBari, electric/acoustic
Bob Lasher, classical/acoustic/electric
Mike Weidenfeller, electric/acoustic
Dr. Christopher Lee
Rock, Jazz, Pop
Mike DiBari, guitar
Dr. Christopher Lee, percussion/piano
Rachel Rynick, voice/piano
Mike Weidenfeller, guitar/piano
Dr. Fumei Huang
Jennifer Ashe, voice/ukulele/general
Dr. Fumei Huang, Suzuki piano
Rebecca Lightcap, voice/piano/general
Jennifer Fan, Suzuki cello
Dr. Christopher Lee
Zhantao Lin, Erhu
Jun Qin, Guzheng