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.


Summer Strings Intensive

Summer Strings with Molly


The purpose of Summer Strings is for adult string players to learn string-only repertoire, do some sight-reading, and get a head start on one of the Chestnut Orchestra fall pieces (specifics to come). You do not need to be a Chestnut Orchestra member to participate. 

The Summer Strings group will meet Thursday evenings from 7-8:30, starting June 20th and ending August 1 (excluding July 4), for a total of 6 weeks.

It’s fine if you cannot attend every week; there’s no performance component.

Please the office to register, $10 per class.

Feel free to send a quick note to Molly directly, mollys@allnewton.org, if you’re planning on attending, it would help her greatly to know what instruments she should plan to coach.

Instructor: Molly Shira
Thursdays: 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Tuition: $10 per session (6 available options), must register in advance


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.