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Cotter Schools is excited to continue 50 years of excellence in arts programming in the Winona Community through the recent acquisition of the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts.  Under new management, MCA will continue to offer traditional public performances, as well as instruction in music, dance, theatre and visual arts to Winona and surrounding communities. While current programming will remain the same, there will be expanded and new offerings in the upcoming year. MCA will remain open through the anticipated transition date of August 1st, 2023.

Frequently Asked Questions


MCA offers private music lessons for all ages and at any level of their musical journey.

Students will learn to be better musicians by working on posture, technique, expression, self-evaluation, and music literacy. Depending on student interest the following styles may be taught: classical, traditional/folk. jazz improvisation, and contemporary (jazz and musical theatre) repertoire. Students will be expected to purchase method books the instructor feels best address the student’s needs. Year-round open registration is accepted for private lessons and lessons are arranged between student/family and the instructor.