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Capital City Music Project

A music-based after-school program in metro DC. The Capital City Music Project teaches 2nd through 8th graders piano, guitar, ukulele, violin, viola, cello, and vocal classes up to 4 days a week.

Capital City Music Project Overview

A Music-Based After School Program for Piano, Strings, Percussion, Voice, and Musical Theater 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 1810 16th Street NW, located in DC's Logan’s Circle?Adams Morgan neighborhood. Currently, we are located at 4606 16th Street NW, in the beautiful residential neighborhood of Crestwood (aka The Gold Coast).


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.


Pickup options

We pick up students from several private, public, and charter schools in Washington, DC.  Pickups are available from many DC public, private, and charter schools within 20009, 20010, 20011, and parts of 20012.  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.

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4 Days - $95 per week

3 Days - $85 per week

2 Days - $75 per week

1 Day - $65 per week


We also offer need and merit-based scholarships to deserving students. In addition, students can enroll in private lessons at a discounted price.


For more information please email your inquiries to or (202)581-1043 Ext 709.

Ready to get started?

Register your student for NCA's Capital City Music Project today! 

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