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NSA offers private and class instruction in piano, guitar, voice, strings, woodwinds, brass, jazz, drama, and the visual arts. We are Las Vegas’ premiere Conservatory for the Performing Arts and are proud of our internationally acclaimed faculty that includes graduates of The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Indiana University, and other renowned institutions.

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Early Childhood Music Education: Smart Start™

Tailored specifically to the developmental stages for children ages 0-4, the program’s curriculum consists of age-targeted weekly classes delivered by a trained and certified Smart Start teacher. For more than 130 years, The Royal Conservatory has translated the latest thinking about creativity into inspiring courses. Smart Start, a transformative early childhood music program, was created by their Neuroscience Research Centre in collaboration with its music educators.

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Private Lessons: Fall Semester 2024

Private lessons are the foremost component of a well-rounded musical education. These lessons provide hands-on training in a one-to-one teacher/student setting. With individual attention, the student receives training in technique, repertoire, sight-reading, and performance skills.

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Music Production / Composition

This Media Scoring Workshop will empower participants to effectively blend music and visual media, creating impactful soundtracks that resonate with audiences. Through guided instruction, hands-on experience, and a focus on practical application, participants will gain the skills needed to embark on their own journeys as media composers and sound designers.

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Music Theory

From pre-reading classes to 20th century atonality, music theory classes deepen understanding of the musical process and strengthen artistic expression and performance.

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Piano Group Classes

NSA Group Piano Class is the perfect place to learn piano and basic music theory in a safe and fun environment. Piano ensemble playing and basic music theory such as reading skills, rhythm studies, aural skills, melody & harmony improvisation are taught in this class.

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Chamber Music

Our Chamber Music Program is designed for intermediate and advanced middle and high school students, who are interested in advancing their skills in playing chamber music. Joining a chamber music group is one of the best learning experiences for a young musician.

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NSA Masterclass Series

Nevada School of the Arts’ Masterclass Series allows for students to learn from the most talented and well-practiced professionals in this ever-shifting curriculum that bestows powerful insights from the best in the business.

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Harp

These lessons provide hands-on training in a one-to-one teacher/student setting. Rebecca Martin has studied the harp for twenty-five years and has taught private harp lessons for over fifteen years.

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Suzuki Talent Education Program

NSA Suzuki Talent Education Program starts by enrolling parents in a parent education course (included in your tuition). Suzuki students enrolled in the Nevada School of the Arts Suzuki program must attend all group workshops in addition to their weekly private lesson. The program offers opportunities for outside performances and participation in local competitions and festivals upon the instructor’s recommendation.

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Preparatory Orchestra

Introduction to orchestra for violin, viola, and cello students from Books II-VI. This ensemble develops skills and techniques needed when performing with an ensemble.

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Chamber Orchestra

The NSA Chamber Orchestra provides musical engagement opportunities to inspire students to achieve the highest level of technical skills possible while developing the dispositions necessary to become not only successful musicians but successful members of contemporary society.

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Theatre Arts

Our Theatre Arts program will develop the student’s ability to bring body, voice, and heart in self-expression, confidence, role-playing, movement, and artistic communication. This comprehensive program features weekly classes highlighted monthly by professional masterclasses/workshops with invited professional guests.

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Guitar

This program began with one of Argentina’s most famous guitarists, Pablo Gadda. Pablo brings his knowledge of technique, world music, and different types of guitars to his students, giving them the ability to play acoustic and electric in a variety of styles. NSA offers traditional and Suzuki Method instruction for guitar. Starting at age five, students can learn from our renowned faculty in year-round, personalized lessons.

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Piano

Established by our school President, Raja Rahman, NSA’s piano program is headed by Cindy Lee, one of Las Vegas’s most gifted teachers. Our students often start as early as 5 and grow rapidly to become excellent piano soloists, sought-after collaborative pianists, or highly skilled amateur pianists.

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Strings

Established by respected pedagogue, Mary Straub, the strings department is the largest department at NSA. Our Traditional Strings program, headed by Karl Reinarz, focuses on students age 6 and above.

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Doreen Montalvo Vocal Arts

Our curriculum is tailored to the needs of the 21st-century singer, who must not only sing but act, dance, analyze text, take on roles with significant physical demands, and interact with colleagues from around the world. Faculty members will encourage you to progress at your own pace through weekly coaching sessions and numerous opportunities to perform at the school.

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Woodwinds and Brass

This department features Rodrigo Corral, flute, and Robert Mitchell, clarinet. Two of our city’s best musicians, our faculty will enable the student to not only learn their instrument with great skill but prepare for placement in orchestras at NSA and beyond.

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Conducting

Offering both NSA’s Introduction to Conducting and NSA’s Conducting Conference, our Conducting Program is designed for directors of secondary level string and full orchestras, youth orchestras and beyond.

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Visual Arts

Continuing our tradition of training tomorrow’s visual artists, NSA’s newly conceived program is the brainchild of one of the foremost artists in our city, Erik Beehn. This program is designed for ages 11 and above.

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Cello Choir

Our cello choir brings together accomplished young cellists, each contributing their unique skills and talents to create a fun group with exciting repertoire.

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Chamber Music Intensive

Study the art of Chamber Music through the study of score, repertoire, historical context, and the skill of ensemble playing by signing up for this one or two week Intensive. Existing groups or individual students of similar level be to paired and coached by our master teachers and guest artists.

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Visual Arts Summer Workshop Series

SUMMER WORKSHOPS PROMOTION! Join the Nevada School of the Arts for a series of FREE workshops to kick off our new Visual Arts Program. Workshops will cover Printmaking, drawing and collage techniques taught by some of Las Vegas most prized artists. These workshops are FREE and open to the public, all materials provided. We will be registering students for our classes that begin in the Fall of 2024 and hope you can join us for an exciting series of workshops that are bound to inspire creativity.

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Summer Piano Ensemble

Coach: Cheryl Thornton

Every Thursday starting June 13 – August 8
(8 classes + recital)

Advanced Class at 9am
Intermediate Class at 10am
Beginners Class at 11am

Fee: $225

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