Springfield Conservatory of Music hosts in-person and online music lessons

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SPRINGFIELD – Founded in 1902, the Springfield Conservatory of Music is the oldest music school in the United States. After an abnormal year with COVID-19, online and in-person music lessons are now available for a variety of instruments.

According to owner Patricia Surniak, the decision to close the Conservatory at the start of the pandemic was a tough one.

“It was difficult to get the business through a forced shutdown for COVID-19. It was the only time in over 100 years that we were forced to close. I listened and interacted a lot with other studio owners and business owners to find the right teaching and cleaning solutions,” she said.

Surniak said that by talking to other business owners and teachers, she was able to adapt.

“I have spoken to many business owners to keep a positive mindset to accommodate all teachers to online teaching. I am extremely happy to still be in business and the Conservatory is very strong now,” she said.

The Music Conservatory offers private lessons in piano, keyboard, voice, guitar, violin, bass guitar, drums, ukulele, saxophone, flute, cello, clarinet, mandolin, percussion, trumpet, trombone, tuba, oboe, recorder and bells.

They host online courses that include a course book and assisted setup. In-person classes are also back at their 869 Sumner Ave location. From the age of three, students can enroll in a variety of courses.

Alongside private lessons, the Conservatory also hosts group lessons and participates in recitals.

Classes at the Music Conservatory are available Monday to Thursday from 2:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Those interested in learning more about the Conservatory of Music can visit its website at https://springfieldconservatoryofmusic.com/

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