Rochester Contemporary School Of Music
Rochester Contemporary School of Music (RCSM) has been the region’s leading modern music school since it's inception in 2011. Our students, children and adults alike, come from a wide range of musical backgrounds and range from beginners to professional musicians.
RCSM's program offers more than just private lessons, as we also offer music classes, workshops, and summer camps. Additionally, every student has the opportunity to participate in our popular and innovative program called "I"m In The BandTM," in which they write original music (i.e. rock, pop, jazz, funk, punk, bluegrass, folk, etc.) and perform in a band at popular music venues in the Rochester area.
Young musicians also have the opportunity to join our intensive program "I'm In The Band - LIVETM!" They'll get to travel with their band to perform in different cities while getting "real world" musical experiences. On tour, students will get to perform concerts, get behind-the-scenes educational tours, while laying a solid foundation for careers in the music industry.
We always love to see students blossom on their instrument
We get particularly proud when our students go on to find success in their music careers; whether it's getting accepted into top music schools, touring with their band, getting signed to record labels, or getting jobs in the music industry.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
Students start by coming in for a "meet & greet" with their instructor to determine goals for the instruction. At that point their instructor crafts a course of study specific for that student based on their musical abililities and musical interests. Every student's course study will include a combination of technique training, learning and application of music theory concepts, and learning quality modern music repertoire as well as repertoire desired by the student.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
RCSM faculty collectively have, bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees in music performance and music educaiton. Additionally, our faculty members regularly perform and record professionally across North America and around the world.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
RCSM has a standard pricing structure for private lessons, summer camps,
How did you get started teaching?
RCSM was founded in 2011 as place where musicians could come to better skills on their instrument, but also to have the opportunity to perform with other musicians their age and in a similar skill range.
What types of students have you worked with?
RCSM faculty regularly work with students ranging from beginnger to professional musicians.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
Every RCSM student concert is one to remember.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Don't just consider the cost of private lessons, but consider everything else that you'll get out of the lessons.
At RCSM it's more than just private lessons, you get to be a part of a community of musicians that can't live without music, love learning music, and love performing.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
Are you seriously commited to working on your instrument (including voice)...not just through the fun times, but through the times when things get hard?
Are you willing/able to trust your instructors year's of performance and teaching experience to get you through the challenging part of music lessons?