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What does Da Capo mean? "Da Capo" is a musical term which literally means to go back to the beginning and start over. Our methodology is a whole community model designed to create, support, and sustain groups of musicians in community, and larger associations via targeted interactions and relationships at every level of the assessment model.

How are we different from other music schools and community choirs?

  • Short Term Objectives: Our students are given short term goals and then provided nurturing "studio" class experiences every 4-5 weeks to share what they have learned. All education is targeted into our 10 week instructional sessions and culminated with opportunities to apply their learnings.
    Studio Classes: These group instruction sessions are facilitated by our elite faculty members and run as a hybrid between traditional master classes and group discussions. We all learn from one another and every moment is teachable.
    Choirs as Classroom = Musical Communities: Leveraging the Westminster Choir College traditions, we use our "choral rehearsals" as a next generation "music class". We do sing, but we also study, have homework, learn through group vocal technique, and most importantly... We actively support one another. The community is made up of masters to beginners and each member contributes and receives value.
  • Integrated Musician Building: Our goal is to help you develop skills that extend far beyond just notes and rhythms. We utilize a broad category and each faculty member will guide you through a customized growth and development plan.
    Individualized Assessment: Musicians come in all shapes, sizes and ability levels. Our assessment model creates a common framework for discussion and development between teachers and students. Our mission is to help you get to the next level. First we help you to understand where you are, then we guide you along the path for growth. You work in a community to build your skills and those around you. Mentorship and sharing are embedded as part of the process.
How do we achieve our mission of Passion, Discipline, and Application?

LOVE IT! --- Right from the start, we allow our students to fully engage in music, freely sharing who they are. This may mean singing or playing one particular piece that is near and dear to the group/individual. It may mean sharing a story about how music has impacted your life. We make the time to live music together.

LEARN IT! ---This passionate energy carries over into the discipline that is required to learn about music. We focus on melody, harmony, rhythm, form, timbre, composers, styles, history, instrumental/vocal technique, sight-reading, composition, and performance techniques. We strive to develop a musically literate community.

LIVE IT! --- Finally we take all that we have learned and all that we have experienced and use it to impact the world around us, seeking to improve the lives of people around us. Tangibly, we perform public concerts, we sing for shut-ins, we sing for our friends and family, we play our instruments for those in need. We use our music to make a difference in someone’s day.


We meet you where you are, and help you to grow in manageable steps.
Musicians come in all shapes, sizes and ability levels. Our assessment model creates a common framework for discussion and development between teachers and students. Our mission is to help you get to the next level. First we help you to understand where you are, then we guide you along the path for growth. You work in a community to build your skills and those around you. Mentorship and sharing are embedded as part of the process.
How does our assessment model work?
Our competencies are assessed against the foundations of the Da Capo Way. "Love It, Learn It, Live It! " It takes years to move between these stages and we can help you no matter where you begin...

  • Beginner, Primo, is a brand new student with no previous experience on their instrument. They display an innate love of music and a desire to learn more about it.
  • Novice, Apprendista, is an advanced beginner student. They have learned about technique, breathing, posture, embouchure, and fingering. They have a good understanding of basic musical concepts, such as note name recognition, dynamics, meter, and tempo. They have begun learning about the musical periods, related composers, and regularly listen to a variety of musical styles. They are able to play/sing simple pieces with accuracy, discipline, and musicality. They have experienced sharing their music with others through informal and formal performance opportunties.
  • Craftsman, Artigiano, is a true intermediate musician. This student demonstrates good technique when playing/singing. They display a working knowledge of musical concepts, such as note names, dynamics, meter, and tempo. This student has begun to learn about major and minor key signatures, chord structure and progressions. They are continuing to learn about the musical periods, related composers, and are formally listening to and studying a variety of musical styles. They are able to play/sing intermediate pieces with accuracy, discipline, and musicality. They regularly share their music with others through informal and formal performance opportunities. They have begun mentoring beginner and novice students by providing opportunities to make music together.
  • Artist, Artista, is a consistent, confident,and refined musician. This student displays solid technique on their instrument. They understand advanced music theory and have a solid grasp of musical history. They regularly share their music with others through informal and formal performance opportunities. Mentoring takes place by instructing others on their instrument and in the areas of music history, theory, composition, and others.
  • Master, Maestro, is a mature musician in all areas. This person is a professional musician with many years of training, expertise, and experience on their instrument. They are educators, performers, and conductors. This person understands the intricacies involved in making music and is able to translate that knowledge to others. This person helps others to develop passion and discipline in their music and provides them opportunities to live their music in the world.