Preparatory School of Music

The Preparatory School of Music is a division of Lynn’s world-renowned Conservatory of Music. This preparatory program offers the highest quality music instruction to young people and adults who are interested in making music an important part of their lives. Students who are preparing for a career in music can study alongside the conservatory’s acclaimed artist faculty. Meanwhile, preparatory students who are just beginning their studies learn from the conservatory's outstanding student musicians.

Preparatory lessons

  • Strings–violin, viola, cello, double bass
  • Woodwinds–flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon
  • Brass–French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba
  • Percussion
  • Piano (classical and jazz with group lessons available)
  • Guitar (classical)
  • Voice

Preparatory faculty

  • Manuel Capote–cello
  • Carol Cole–violin
  • David Cole–cello
  • Alex Darqui–piano (classical and jazz)
  • Maria Heslop Ward–voice
  • Terence Kirchgessner–oboe
  • Sheng-Yuan Kuan–piano
  • Lisa Leonard–piano
  • Roberta Rust–piano

Teaching assistants

Preparatory teaching assistants are young artists currently pursuing performance degrees at the Lynn Conservatory of Music.

Success starts here

Our young students have won prizes in some of the world’s most prestigious competitions and have been accepted to prestigious programs, including:

Programs

  • Tanglewood Young Pianists Program
  • Florida State Music Teachers Association Concerto Competition
  • Florida Federation of Music Clubs Festival Competition
  • Florida Federation of Music Clubs Junior Convention State Final
  • Florida Pathfinder Music Competition

Undergraduate programs 

  • Cleveland Institute
  • Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester
  • Florida State
  • McGill University
  • University of Miami
  • University of Michigan
Olivia Oakland

“It is amazing what desire and quality instruction can produce. Three years ago, my daughter was introduced to the oboe. Today she is playing exceptionally, at high school level."

Nancy Oakland, mother of Olivia Oakland (oboe)

Class schedules

Fall 2016 

Sept. 12 – Dec. 11, 2016
Nov. 23–25, 2016: No classes
Dec. 10, 2016 at 11 a.m.: Final recital
Dec. 17, 2016 at 10 a.m.: Final recital

Spring 2017 

Jan. 17 – May 7, 2017
March 6–10, 2017: No classes (spring break)
May 6, 2017 at 11 a.m.: Final recital

Luisa Fuentes

Luisa Sanchez de Fuentes

Director, Preparatory School of Music

David Cole

David Cole

Associate Professor–cello

Carol Cole

Carol Cole

Associate Professor–violin

Roberta Rust

Roberta Rust

Professor–piano

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