Teen Offerings

The Center on Central offers a variety of programs for teens listed below. In addition, The Center on Central also offers Parents’ Night OutSchool Holiday and In-Service Camps and Summer Specialty Camps for teens/tweens, as well as birthday parties and music lessons for all ages.

Music Lessons

Type: Music Lessons
Group: Adults, Elementary School, High School, Homeschool, Kindergarten, Middle School
Provider: Katie Opher, Lynne Hockenbury
Day/Time: By Appointment, Monday, Thursday, Tuesday, Wednesday - 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost: $30 for 30-minute lesson, $45 for 45-minute lesson, $60 for 1-hour lesson.

If you have not had success with music lessons in the past, or might be intimidated by the prospect of learning a new skill, you will want to try taking lessons with us here at The Center on Central. Our teachers work with your learning style and utilize creative techniques to ensure successful musical experiences.

While acknowledging that there is a basic curriculum necessary for musical knowledge and growth, we make sure to provide literature and instruction that is age-appropriate. Students learn the instrument of their choice, but also have the option to use their theory and skills on xylophones, drums and other rhythm instruments we have in our studio. Many students learn chord progressions in a relatively short span of time, and are playing entire songs and even writing songs within a month.

We offer piano lessons to children starting at age 4 ½, guitar lessons beginning at age 7, voice lessons beginning at age 10 – and continuing into adulthood – and have instructors available for other instruments based on your inquiry and a brief telephone interview.

Read Lynne Hockenbury’s article entitled “Why Music?

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At the end of the program year, we have a recital for those who want to participate:

Cost is $30 for a 30-minute individual private lesson.


Pottery - Private and Semi-Private Wheel Instruction for beginners

Type: Pottery
Group: Adults, Elementary School, High School, Middle School
Cost: $35 per class based on 5 registrants, $40 per class based on 4 registrants, $50 per class, based on 3 registrants, $60 per class, based on 2 registrants - or $90 per class for private class, plus $10 per person, per class materials fee. Deposit: $100.
Individual/drop-in sessions: By appointment, but individual classes can be custom-scheduled

Class is limited to 1-5 individuals, and runs 90 minutes.

There is a 60-minute option for children ages 8-12 only. Pricing runs $25 per class based on 5 registrants, $30 per class based on 4 registrants, $35 per class, based on 3 registrants, $45 per class, based on 2 registrants – or $60 per class for a private class.

Times available by appointment – Please complete the “Contact Us” form. We will contact you to learn more about your needs and your schedule.

Fashion Design - Working Studio

Type: Fashion Design
Group: Elementary School, High School, Middle School
Provider: Lauren Acton
Day/Time: Saturday, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Cost: $20 per class when signing up for a full 6-class set; $24 per class for individual classes, or when signing up for less than a full 6-class set.

Create your own presentation boards just like a New York Fashion studio!

Our current Fashion Design session simulates a working Fashion Design studio!!

Our instructor, Lauren Acton, has 8 years of experience in New York City’s garment district and will teach you how to design a collection – complete with fabric swatches and small croquis.

Our Fall focus is on fashion prints and images…

In the upcoming session, we will create splashy florals and paint illustrations like in fashion magazines!

There are new methods to learn when each student is ready. This session combines learning with sharpening acquired skills in a non-competitive environment.

No previous drawing experience necessary – everyone learns at their own speed!

Bring your great ideas for fashion and we will work through them in class!

(recommended for ages 8 and up)

We are currently fielding inquiries for Fashion Design – Working Studio to determine if we have enough interest to run a class


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General Pottery: Hand and Wheel (middle school & high school)

Type: Pottery
Group: High School, Middle School
Cost: $22.50 per class, with 6-class minimum, plus $40 materials fee. Deposit: $50.

This course will explore the potter’s wheel, cover handbuilding approaches to clay, along with techniques of surface decoration. Beginning and advanced students are welcome.

We are currently fielding inquiries for General Pottery: Hand and Wheel (middle school & high school) to determine if we have enough interest to run a class; please feel free to submit your contact information below in order that we may reach out to you when we are able to begin the class.


Music Therapy - Social Skills Group for teens

Type: Music Therapy
Group: High School, Homeschool, Middle School, Special Needs Programs
Provider: Katie Opher
Cost: $300 for 6 consecutive group meetings.
Individual/drop-in sessions: Sign ups for less than 6 consecutive group meetings are at $60 per group meeting.

A weekly Music Therapy Social Skills Group for teens who can benefit from activities designed to foster positive interactions with peers.

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Reviewed via Google: “My son liked the music therapy classes and learned some nice social skills. He also enjoyed Camp 24 in the summer! The staff was great with him!!”

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This offering is currently forming; please feel free to submit your contact information below in order that we may reach out to you if/when we have sufficient interest to have a group get underway for Thursday, or possibly on a different day/time.

Pottery: Wheel and Handbuilding (teens and adults)

Group: Adults, High School
Provider: Alison Bongiorno
Cost: $25 per class, with 6-class minimum, plus $40 materials fee. Deposit: $50.

This course will explore the potter’s wheel, cover handbuilding approaches to clay, along with techniques of surface decoration. Beginning and advanced students are welcome.

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We are currently fielding inquiries for Pottery: Wheel and Handbuilding (teens and adults) to determine if we have enough interest to run a class; please feel free to submit your contact information below in order that we may reach out to you when we are able to begin the class.


Social Skills - Adolescent Creative and Social Development Group (ages 11-16)

Group: High School, Homeschool, Middle School, Special Needs Programs
Provider: Betsy Saccenti
Cost: $300 for 6 consecutive group meetings.
Individual/drop-in sessions: Sign-ups for less than 6 consecutive group meetings are at $60 per group meeting. Also ask about our full-year prepay discount.

Creative dance and discussion provide the social support and expressive tools to cultivate positive coping, confidence, and self-expression. We will connect to bodies and life passions through the arts, and develop the insight needed to navigate difficult feelings and social experiences. We will learn to use the mind/body connection to discover what it is like to move (and dance!) to create inner calm.

We are currently fielding inquiries for Adolescent Creative and Social Development Group to determine if we have enough interest to run a class; please feel free to submit your contact information below in order that we may reach out to you when we are able to begin the group.


Watercolor class

Type: Art (Other)
Group: Adults, Elementary School, High School
Provider: Lauren Acton
Day/Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Cost: $15 per class, with 6-class minimum. Deposit: $50.

Paint what you love with watercolor!

Study space, composition and shading using water-based paints.

A new still life setup will be provided to use as a subject - or students may use outside references, such as photos or magazine tear-outs, to bring paintings to life.

We will discuss technical aspects of painting and focus on drawing, values, edges and color. We will also discuss simple structural drawing and then put the theory into practice by creating watercolor paintings on paper. 

This class is for all ages and all levels.

Supply list provided before class.

Click above to register for this program.