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The Howard Community College Music Department and its non-credit counterpart, The Music Institute, are committed to their roles as leaders in the cultural life of this community and providers of lifelong learning experiences. Together, they offer private music lessons in all orchestral instruments; classical and jazz piano; voice; jazz, acoustic, and classical guitar; and various folk instruments, including Celtic harp, bagpipes, and ukulele. As a comprehensive music school, we provide classes for adults and children in beginning piano and violin, both the Suzuki® and ColourstringsTM beginning violin methods, Music Therapy for individuals with special needs, and jazz improvisation, theory, and composition classes. We also offer a number of performance ensembles including Jazz Ensemble, Gumbo Jam Bands, HCC Singers, Senior Choir, Cello Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble(s), Percussion Ensemble, and various small chamber ensembles. Together with the HCC Music Department, our mission is to enrich the greater community through private lessons, class offerings, Master Classes, and Concert Series with a  diverse faculty who are know both as excellent pedagogues and performers. We invite you to pursue "Music For Your Lifetime" here at The Music Institute at HCC!

Preparatory Department

The preparatory department is designed to teach and guide the music studies of students under the age of 18 years. Lessons and classes for children are designed and taught to introduce and develop younger students to the world of music. Lessons are individualized and classes encourage self-expression in a group setting. The need of students wanting to play in groups has given rise to our unique and varied ensemble program. Students’ interests and talents are nurtured to provide opportunities for competitions and further musical advancement, if desired. Many performance opportunities are available, including Solo, Studio, and Competition Prep Recitals.

Adult/Continuing Education

Interest in and a desire to learn about music does not stop at age 18 but the focus can be different. With that in mind, we have created lessons, classes, and ensembles for students over the age of 18 years. Whether you want to start private lessons for the first time, take up an instrument you haven’t played since high school, or just make music and friends, the Music Institute has many opportunities for learning and performing music.

Lessons, Classes & Ensembles

The lessons, classes, and ensembles offered by The Music Institute have been designed to meet the needs and interests of our students. Whether you are a very young beginner experiencing formal music training for the first time, a high school student preparing for conservatory studies, an adult wishing to return to the instrument you set aside after high school, someone wishing to play your instrument along with other musicians in an ensemble setting or a music lover wanting to know more about music and be a more informed listener, The Music Institute has many offerings just for you. If you don’t see what you want, please contact TMI staff.  Please click here for a complete list of current offerings.


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Gemini Piano Trio Workshop
Little Patuxent Opera Institute