Dr. John Sinclair began the Community School of Music in 1993 to offer the greater Orlando area non-credit private music instruction for all ages and levels as part of the Rollins College Department of Music. Our department dates back to 1885 when The Conservatory of Music was established at the founding of the college. In 1966 the Conservatory changed to a Liberal Arts department of the college with the vision of providing the best possible music education in performance, history, literature and theory within the scope and objectives of a quality liberal arts education. We are a charter member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
Our mission is to enrich lives through Music, providing highest quality instruction and performance opportunities for students of all ages at all levels of musical development. Our faculty has excellent credentials and a broad base of experience. The School continues to develop its curriculum to provide educationally sound programs and exemplary opportunities for its students. We serve as an integrative music resource in the Greater Orlando community through our programs and outreach activities.
Offered in piano, organ, voice and most orchestral instruments in a 16-week semester and 12-week summer term, with one lesson per week of 30, 45 or 60 minutes.
Minimum age requirements are:
Piano - age 7
Voice - age 12
Wind instr. - grade 4
Suzuki violin - ages 4-6
Strings - age 7
Our attendance policy involves a high commitment from both parent and student, as parents are financially responsible for all lessons, including those missed. One makeup lesson per semester is allowed for an excused absence (24 hours’ notice). If a teacher must cancel, the lesson will be rescheduled. Full lesson time is not guaranteed when a student arrives late.
Community School students are encouraged to participate in all recitals and master classes offered. Achievement Day/Honors Recital for piano students is held late in Spring. Voice and String recitals are scheduled by each instructor.
All Community School students and families are eligible for 20 percent discount for the new Bach Festival Fred Rogers Family Series. We also encourage attendance at any of the free concerts and performances of the College.
Each student must have his/her own instrument to enroll in the program. An acoustic piano is recommended for piano students’ home practice; school pianos are not available for regular practice.
Piano students will be required to follow an established music theory curriculum according to their level of applied music study. Theory placement tests will be administered at Achievement Day in the Spring.
Evaluation is continuous and those students who fail to apply themselves according to their teachers’ instruction may be required to withdraw.
FALL/SPRING TUITION & FEES
Registration Fee: $5
Tuition for 16-week Semester:*
30 minutes weekly: $380
45 minutes weekly: $560
60 minutes weekly: $660
SUMMER TUITION PER LESSON
Registration Fee: $5
Please state the number of lessons desired after agreeing on a schedule with the instructor. Minimum 4 lessons, Maximum 12*
30 minutes: $24.00/per lesson
45 minutes: $35.00/per lesson
60 minutes: $42.00/per lesson
Suzuki Strings Group: $90 for 6 sessions
*NOTE: One make-up lesson is allowed, if justified with 24 hours prior notice.
Payment in full (by Cash, Check, Money Order, Visa/MasterCard) is due with the registration form by the final registration date in order to begin lessons (check Community School calendar for dates).
Lessons are given in the new state-of-the-art Keene Hall (behind Knowles Memorial Chapel) on the Rollins College campus. Rollins College is located off Park Avenue, accessed by Fairbanks Avenue from the West and Aloma Avenue from the East.
A 1-hour on-campus parking permit is available from your instructor (1 per family per semester). Parking is also available in the SunTrust Garage across Fairbanks on Lyman Avenue (using the Community School permit). We strongly encourage use of the parking garage since parking immediately around the music building is very limited.
1000 Holt Avenue, 2371
Winter Park, FL 32789
Gloria Cook, DMA
Julie Batman, BA
Erika Bohlin, BA
Isidoro de Paula, DMA
Becky Lee, MM
Diane Murphy, BA
Kathy Slage, BA
Gary Wolf, DMA (Master Class)
Brenda Higgins, MM
Anna Olsen, MM
Joni Roos, BA
Julie Batman, BA
Keith Bolves, MM
Christina Carter, MM
Richard Owens, MM
Megan Penfield, BME
Curtis Rayam, BM
Christine Barron. BM
Tom Dietz, MM
Rich Ervin, MM
Robin Etter, BM
Sherwood Hawkins, BA
Terry Yount, DMA
Carolyn Blice, MM
Christopher Dolske, MM
Bobby Koelble, BM
Jeffrey Pattishall, BA
Garth Steger, MA
Dan Crozier, DMA
John V. Sinclair, DMA
Chair, Department of Music
Isidoro Lessa de Paula, DMA
Monday, January 4th: PRIVATE LESSONS BEGIN (16 weeks)
Friday, March 5th: PIANO SHOWCASE at 7:30 pm
March 8th - 13th: SPRING BREAK (No lessons)
Saturday, April 10th: SPRING RECITALS at 3 pm, 4:30 pm & 6 pm
April 19th - May 24th: SUMMER REGISTRATION
Saturday, May 1st: PRIVATE LESSONS END
Saturday, May 1st: PIANO ACHIEVEMENT DAY from 9:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Sunday, May 2nd: PIANO HONORS RECITALS at 3 pm, 4:30 pm & 6 pm
Monday, April 19th: REGISTRATION BEGINS
Monday May 24th: FINAL DAY FOR SUMMER REGISTRATION (No exceptions)
Monday, May 17th: PRIVATE LESSONS BEGIN (12 weeks)
Monday, May 31st: MEMORIAL DAY (No lessons)
Friday, August 6th: PRIVATE LESSONS END
No formal recitals are scheduled during the summer session.