private instruction.

Currently, OCM offers private instruction in violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano and harp. Students receive once weekly 30 minute, 45 minute or one hour lessons. The school is open seven days a week and private lessons are available on both weekdays and weekends. Young children can start taking lessons as young as three or four years old. OCM also offers lessons for adults. Correct technique and musicality are emphasized from very early stages of learning. Students are required to practice regularly. Regular practice in addition to a highly qualified teacher is a key to success.

Very young children are taught through a variety of methods, designed to promote music reading from the beginning stages and correct fundamental techniques. Older children, as well as advanced students are taught correct technique through a regimen of scales, exercises, and etudes, and expressive musicality through a carefully chosen solo repertoire.



Musicianship classes incorporate aural skills, theory fundamentals, sight-singing, composition, and listening to music (music history). Aural skills are vital for a developing musician. Various exercises help the student in perfecting pitch and rhythm skills. The exercises include sight-singing; rhythmic, melodic and harmonic dictation; interval recognition; chord recognition; composition. The theory portion of musicianship class incorporates elements of music, builds musical literacy, develops analytical and listening skills.  Music history incorporates the study of musical style, development of ideas, important composers and events throughout the history of Western music. 

Musicianship classes are 45 minute classes, held once a week, for students ages 4 through 18, of all instruments.

Spring 2019 dates:

Musicianship I - designed for beginning students in their first two years of instrumental studies.

                  Mondays 6:30pm - 7:15pm or

                  Saturdays 11:00am - 11:45am

Musicianship II - designed for students thoroughly acquainted with note names,

- possessing most of the skills described in Musicianship I curriculum

Saturdays 12:00pm - 12:45pm


Classes meet on the following dates:

Musicianship I Mondays 6:30pm

March 18, 25

April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

May 6, 13, 20

Musicianship I Saturdays 11am, Musicianship II Saturdays 12pm

March 16, 23, 30

April 6, 13, 20, 27

May 4, 11, 18

Fee: $100 per semester.


Classes are led by Angelika Machnik-Jones, OCM Director.


Musicianship I

·     identifying notes in treble clef (for violinists), bass clef (for cellists), both clefs for pianists

·     singing scales and simple melodies in letter names and fixed-do solfege

·     sharps, flats, naturals, times signatures, key signatures

·     rhythms: whole note, half note, dotted half note, quarter, eight notes triplets, sixteenth notes

·     singing and identifying following scales: C major, a natural minor, G major, e natural minor

·     aurally identifying major and minor chords

·     intervals: singing and aurally identifying

·     simple rhythmic and melodic dictations

·     listening to and describing music

            - Grieg: movements from “Peer Gynt”

            - Saint-Saens: movements from “Carnival of Animals”

·     identifying orchestral instruments

Musicianship II

·     singing chromatically in letter names and fixed-do solfege

·     intervals: identifying visually, aurally, singing

·     identifying and signing triads: major, minor, diminished, augmented

·     major and minor scales: how they are built

·     singing in the following keys (letter names and fixed-do solfege): C major, a minor, G major, e minor, F major, d minor, D major,

b minor, B flat major, g minor

·     simple and compound meters

·     rhythms: dotted rhythms, syncopations

·     composition: motives, phrases, antecedent and consequent (question and answer) phrases

·     rhythmic and melodic dictations, sigh-singing

·     identifying instruments

·     listening to and describing music

            - Tchaikovsky: Symphony no.6

            - Beethoven: Symphony no.9

            - Mozart: Symphony no.41

            - Haydn: Symphony no.104

            - Bach: Brandenburg Concerto no.6

To register for Musicianship classes, register by emailing Angelika Machnik-Jones at

chamber music

Chamber music promotes collaboration and cultivates performance and rehearsal skills. Students are placed in string quartets, string trios, piano trios, and other ensembles. Groups receive once weekly coaching from the OCM faculty. At the end of the semester groups are presented in the Student Recital. Other performance opportunities are also possible. To register for chamber music, contact Angelika Machnik-Jones at


student recitals.

All students are highly encouraged to perform in Student Recitals. Two recitals are scheduled every semester. Through Student Recitals, young musicians develop performing skills, address the issues of stage fright and present the repertoire they have been preparing during the semester. Students also have a chance to listen to other students and learn from their performances. Young, beginning students are encouraged to perform at recitals as early as possible in order to acquaint themselves with playing in front of an audience.


group classes.

Group classes are designed to build technique and musicianship in a group setting. Currently group classes are offered to string students, and are held on select weekends during the semester.