Capital City Music Project

A Music Based After School Program for Piano and Strings in Washington DC.


The National Conservatory of Arts' vision of an intensive and transformational piano and orchestral music education program, fosters social development through exceptional music training for 1st-8th grade students in Washington DC schools. Students in the Capital City Music Project are immersed in a thoughtfully structured music class schedule five days a week, resulting in rapid skill acquisition and comprehension.  

Designed and led by our outstanding piano and string chairpersons, students in the program receive daily ensemble and orchestral instruction in their instrument and weekly group lessons, choir, music history and theory classes.  The National Conservatory of Arts Capital City Music Program's first site launched at our Northwest Branch at 1810 16th Street, NW, Washington DC 20009 located in DC's Logan's Circle/Adams Morgan neighborhood.

While the students' focus is on musical learning, the goals of the Capital City Music Project are social and intellectual – as the students learn to play an instrument with their peers in a piano ensemble or orchestra, they also learn valuable life skills such as discipline, focus, and persistence. The act of learning and performing music as part of a group functions as a metaphor for society, and every day the students are acquiring the skills that will help them succeed in school and life. In addition to rehearsing as a group, our teaching techniques encourage peer-to-peer instruction in which more advanced students transfer their knowledge to younger students, allowing them to gain leadership experience and encouraging responsibility.

We pickup students from several private, public, and charter schools in Washington, DC.  And students are provided a healthy snack as well as access to academic tutoring during their scheduled homework block.  Generally, our program starts at the end of the school day and ends at 6:00 pm.

Students can major in the following instruments: piano, guitar, ukulele, violin, viola, cello and voice.  Students also take group classes in percussion.

Students also participate in the following ensembles:  National Girls Chorus, Boys Vocal Ensemble, Children's Chorus, Jr. Piano Ensemble, NCA's Wind Ensembles, and Youth Orchestra.

Tuition is $85 per week and need based scholarships are available. In addition, students can enroll in private lessons at a discounted price.

Pickups are available from many DC public, private, and charter schools.

For more information please email your inquiries to or (202)581-1043 Ext 0.



For information about CCMP-Musical Theater, NCA's newest after school program that completely focuses on musical theater, read below.


The National Conservatory of Arts’ innovative CCMP - Musical Theater curriculum will cultivate and nurture the creative artistry of motivated students who wish to develop their combined talent as singers, and actors. Students will be encouraged to fully integrate their training received from NCA’s outstanding music education they receive in the Capital City Music Project to become well-rounded young musicians.