We offer Lifetime Learners the opportunity to join our community of self-motivated adults who study music with professional teaching artists.


Private music lessons for adults.

As an adult music student, you collaborate with your teacher to define your goals and path to success. Whether revisiting your instrument or picking one up for the first time, you will join our current two hundred adult students who experience the rewards of studying music. Taking on a new creative challenge is a great change of pace. From there, joining a group, playing on a recital, or just enjoying practicing is a reward in itself. This is your journey, and we will be with you every step of the way.


The Art of Performance

with Pianist and coach Rita Moerschel

Join us for up to 5 Art of Performance sessions each year as a performer or audience member. This is a unique opportunity exclusively for ANMS Adult Students. Learn from fellow musicians and coach pianist Rita Moerschel. Chat with fellow musicians following each ‘Art of Performance’ gathering.

Instructor: Rita Moerschel
Days: 5 Sessions per year

This program is funded by:
The ANMS Endowment through: The Betty Southworth Music Fund


Group classes and ensembles of every size.


Looking for a relaxed easy-going group that will nurture your musical soul? Learn the classics. No auditions. Please e-mail Conductor Gary Fox at garyf@allnewton.org with name, instrument, and telephone number. Chestnut Orchestra adds members throughout the year.

Instructor: Gary Fox
Thursday: 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Tuition: $250 for 30 Sessions


This small group class is a training ground for string students wishing to join a community orchestra. The concertmaster of Chestnut Orchestra, Molly Shira, will work on skills, repertoire, and confidence, that will prepare you to join the Chestnut Orchestra.

Instructor: Molly Shira
Thursday: 6:30 – 7:15 pm
Tuition: $125 for 15 Sessions



Chamber music is a great way to reinforce musical skills learned in the private lesson. Experience the delight of connecting with fellow student musicians as you play together throughout the year.

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Open to advanced players chosen through audition by coach, Judith Bedford. This group explores the extensive and various repertoire of the traditional woodwind octet. This is an exciting, rewarding, and challenging group that performs extensively in the community.

Instructor: Judith Bedford
Tuesday: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Tuition: $425 for 30 Sessions


*Guitar, Bass, Percussion, Keys, Voice, Winds, Brass, Violin* Bands are organized according to level of experience and instrumentation. All band equipment is provided by the school, except for guitars. There are performance opportunities throughout the year.

Instructor: Wendy Sobel
Wednesday: 8:00 – 9:30 pm
Tuition: $675 for 24 Sessions

Music is for every age.

It is always the right time to pick up an instrument. Take a moment to watch Musical Musings submitted by a few of our Adult Students.