Private Music Lessons
The Crestmont Conservatory offers private lessons
in piano, guitar, voice, strings, and winds. Most
lessons are given at the Conservatory. There are
also some teachers who teach at the student's
The Crestmont Conservatory offers a regular
schedule of recitals for every age and level.
Monthly student recitals held throughout the
school year offer the opportunity to gain
performance experience in a familiar setting with
the support and encouragement of family, friends,
and faculty. In addition to the regular monthly
recitals, several special recitals are held during the
year, including the Family Recital, International
Night, and the "Bach to Rock" Recital. Advanced
students have the opportunity to play solo or joint
Weekly Performance Classes
These classes are an essential part of preparing for
recitals. Students practice performing in front of
an audience in a more informal environment.
Faculty members offer constructive criticism to
help improve the student's performance. Students
are welcome to come every week, or drop in as
desired. The more you practice performing, the
more comfortable it becomes.
Advanced Piano Performance
These weekly classes are open primarily to adults
who wish to develop their ability to perform before
an audience. The classes also explore music
history, piano literature, principles of touch and
tone as applied to all levels of performance, and
problems related to practice, memorization,
interpretation and stage deportment. Students may
perform music of their choice and will receive
constructive criticism. Classes are open to the
public and auditors are welcome.
Chamber Music/Piano Ensemble
As a musical community, the Conservatory is the
ideal place to get together with other musicians of
similar interests and abilities to share the
experience of making music with other people.
Faculty coaching is available.
This program rewards the student who puts in the
extra work necessary to prepare for an
examination covering technique, repertoire,
musicianship and sight reading. Exams are held in
February and May.
Since 1987, the Conservatory has offered merit
scholarships to its students. The competition is
held every April and is open to all Crestmont
Conservatory students. Crestmont Conservatory
tuition awards are given in each of three age
categories (9 and below, 10 to 13. 14 and above).
Students are also chosen for the special
Scholarship Recital held every October.
Throughout the year, the Conservatory sponsors
master classes in an endeavor to expand the
students' knowledge and appreciation of the many
music forms. Renowned artists such as Jorg Demus
and Grant Johannesen have appeared on this
High School Credit
High school students taking private lessons may
receive credit for their musical studies. Please
contact the Conservatory office to find out if your
high school participates in this program.
Adult Workshop and Recital
Crestmont Conservatory's adult students also have
an opportunity to share their music in an informal
workshop, held twice a year, and an annual recital.
Special attention is given to each and every student
at Crestmont Conservatory in order for them to
make their very best progress and all are to be
commended. Many of our students have gained
recognition in competitions throughout the Bay
Area. Among the schools which have accepted
Crestmont Conservatory students on full or partial
scholarship are the Curtis Institute of Music, the
Vienna Academy of Music, the Juilliard School, the
Paris Conservatory, and USC.