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Programming will resume with lessons and classes to be held both virtually and in-person, to be determined on an individual basis. Please call (315) 842-4489, ext. 1 to register or email

Wednesday, September 8
- Individual lessons and classes begin

Saturday, September 11 - First day of CMPYP

Tuesday, November 23 - Thanksgiving Break begins.  No individual lessons, group classes or CMPYP held during this week

Thursday, November 25 - Thanksgiving

Saturday, November 27 - Thanksgiving Break ends.

Saturday, December 18 - Last day for individual lessons, group classes and CMPYP



Saturday, March 26 - Performathon (1:00 - 5:00 PM)



  • Full program (Three classes): $480.00
  • Additional class: $100.00
  • Full program + 45 minute lesson: $945.00

Individual Lessons

Pricing is for the entire semester (14 lessons). Lessons are offered in piano, guitar, percussion, voice, saxophone, clarinet, flute and recorder. Braille music, music theory, music technology, composition and arranging are also offered as individual lessons.

  • 30 minute lesson: $375.00
  • 45 minute lesson: $465.00
  • 60 minute lesson: $620.00


Students who are enrolled in an individual lesson are eligible for one ensemble free of charge.

  • Vocal Ensemble: $100.00
  • Jam59: $100.00

Six-Week Virtual Group Classes

All ages are welcome for the following classes. The first session of classes begin on September 20 and run through October 28.  The second session of classes will begin on November 1 and run through December 17.  There will be no classes during the Thanksgiving Break (November 23-27).

Second Session (November 1 - December 16, 2021)

Learn Different Music Theater Styles from Legit to Belt

Instructor: Charlotte Surkin
Vocal exercises will be given to adapt to different styles of singing from Legit, to Jazz, to Belt to Pop Rock. Then listening assignments from Jerome Kern to Rodgers and Hammerstein, Jason Robert Brown, Jeanine Tesori and Sara Bareilles.

Cost: $120.00
Day and Time: Thursday, 4:00 - 5:00 PM (EST)
Dates: November 4, 11, 18 and December 2, 9, 16


Dance Appreciation: Introduction to Tap Dance

Instructor: Allie Fitzgerald
Join Allie Fitzgerald for this introduction to tap dance. The class will include a mix of tap dance history, learning of basic steps, and rhythm combinations. Notes will be provided after each session for review.

The beginning classes can be taken with regular shoes, or even slippers. You should use a pair of shoes that makes a good sound on the floor. Students who will choose to pursue tap dance study may want to invest in a pair of shoes and dance floor.

Cost: $120.00
Day and Time: Monday, 6:30 - 7:30 PM (EST)
Dates: November 1, 8, 15, 29 and December 6, 13


History of Jazz Guitar

Instructor: Chris Petz
The guitar is a unique instrument in jazz. Early on the guitar added strength and glue to the big band rhythm section. Traditionally the saxophone and vocalist were the big stars of melody, but by the 1940’s and 50’s technology (quality amplification) allowed the guitar to be the star. Several amazing guitar players stand out during this period of jazz. Each week we will explore a new guitarist and their contribution to the evolution of jazz guitar. We will begin our journey with Charlie Christian (1916-1942) and work our way up to the present. Accompaniment styles, transcribed solos, gear and general contributions to the field of jazz will be covered.

Cost: $120.00
Day and Time: Tuesday, 7:00 - 8:00 PM (EST)
Dates: November 2, 9, 16, 30 and December 7, 14

First Session (September 20 - November 5, 2021)

Astor Piazzolla: In Honor of His 100th Birthday

Instructor: Juan Pablo Horcasitas
This year marks the 100th birthday of one of the most important musicians and composers of the whole 20th century: Astor Piazzolla. In this class, we will study his life, his music, and the great influence he has had on the contemporary musical scene. Join us for a great exploration of tango, milonga, and the bandoneón world.

Cost: $120.00
Day and Time: Friday at 5:00 p.m.
Dates: September 24, October 1, 8, 15, 29 and November 5


Ukulele Class

Instructor: Jonathan Price
Learn to play the ukulele in a fun class setting.  All levels welcome.
Cost: $120.00
Day and Time: Monday, 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Dates: September 20, 27 and October 4, 11, 18, 25

Cancellation and Make-up Lesson Policy

Cancellation Policy

The FMDG Music School reserves the right to cancel or change class offerings for any reason, such as insufficient enrollment, or unavailability of the instructor. In the event of cancellation, registered students will be notified and given a full refund. If a student chooses to withdraw, a full refund will be made before the first class. There is no refund after the third class or lesson. Registration fees are nonrefundable and apply only to the semester for which you enroll.

Make-up Lesson Policy

Lessons are offered only on a full-semester basis. Once the schedule is established, the specific lesson time is an agreement between teacher and student, whether the lesson or class is taken or missed by the student. Instructors are not required to make-up lessons or classes that are canceled or missed by students without a prior rescheduling arrangement made at least 24 hours in advance. Reasonable accommodation of make-up is made in cases of illness and unavoidable circumstances. However, in the case when an instructor cancels, a make-up lesson will be arranged.

Late Registration

If you register after the fourth week of the semester, tuition will be appropriately pro-rated.

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