The Saint Paul Conservatory of Music
through the joy of music
The Saint Paul Conservatory of Music is a non-profit music school. Our music-making community offers high quality music education to all segments of society. Here the aspirations of students of all ages and abilities are met with a commitment to excellence through creative expression, disciplined training, and performance opportunities. Thus our motto is "Enriching lives through the joy of music."
The Saint Paul Conservatory of Music offers excellence in music education. Join us and learn from world class musicians. Our low-pressure culture of warmth and fostering allows individual growth for students at any level. With lessons and classes for young and old, and choices including everything from violin to voice to guitar, you will find a way to grow your joy.
"Fantastic place. Top notch musicians and educators."
SPCM offers private and partnered lessons in a variety of instruments, taught by professional musicians who are also inspiring teachers. Lessons meet the needs of each student and are based on the background of the individual and the student’s musical goals.
SPCM is home to a vibrant Suzuki program, dedicated to Dr. Suzuki’s belief that every child can learn to play a musical instrument when provided the right environment. The heart of our Suzuki program is a private lesson that both the student and a parent attend, enhanced by weekly group classes and regular performance opportunities. SPCM’s Suzuki program offers instruction in strings, flute, recorder, and guitar.
SPCM offers robust opportunities to learn and explore chamber music with world-class teachers and performers. With programs throughout the academic year and an annual summer festival, SPCM offers advanced training in small ensemble skills and exposes students to the amazing chamber music repertoire.
SPCM has a diverse offering of group classes each semester, including early childhood and family opportunities, choirs, and adult ensembles.
SPCM’s newest program, launching in fall 2019, is a Contemporary Music program that serves students interested in a variety of styles of popular music. The program’s small class sizes and hands-on, personal attention will prepare students to perform, improvise, write songs, and use technology to record and produce their own music.
As with all of SPCM’s programs, the Contemporary Music program employs exceptional teaching artists, who combine deep knowledge and experience of musical education with their intimate experience as accomplished performers.
SPCM hosts a variety of concert series, workshops, events, and annual camps.
For over 15 years, SPCM’s monthly Coffee Concert series has delivered dynamic, high-caliber performances that entertain and inspire audiences. SPCM also sponsors the New Lute Café concert series’ monthly presentation of lute music old and new. See our event calendar for a listing of all concerts.
Each summer brings our Summer Music Camp, geared toward aspiring young musicians, as well as the Saint Paul Chamber Music Institute (SPCMI), an immersive two-week chamber music program and festival for college and pre-college string players.
SPCM is the only music school in the Twin Cities that offers expertise in early music, including lessons in harpsichord, viola da gamba, and recorder, group ensembles, and opportunities to study and sing Renaissance and Baroque music.
SPCM’s annual Early Music Day, a one-day workshop that takes place each February, is our long-running celebration of one of our special areas of expertise. At Early Music Day, nationally known artists lead vocal and instrument ensembles through a day of study and practice that culminates in a public performance of a specially selected piece of music from the medieval, Renaissance, or Baroque periods.