Mission: The music conservatory of westchester is a welcoming, diverse community of people with a shared commitment to the arts, guiding students of all ages and abilitiies to develop thieir talents in ways that support their individual goals and interests, mentored by dedicated, excellent faculty.
Programs: Instruction - founded in 1929, the music conservatory of westchester is a non-profit community music school providing outstanding music programs for children and adults of all ages and abilities. The conservatory's programs include individual instrumental and vocal instruction, performing ensembles, musicianship classes, suzuki instruction and young children's classes, student recitals and performances, master classes, workshops and special events. Each year the conservatory provides approximately $100,000 in scholarship assistance to financially deserving students. The conservatory is accredited by the national association of schools of music, and is a member of the national guild of community schools of the arts. Total enrollment for its three semesters was as follows: summer 2013, 250 students; fall 2013, 634 students; spring 2014, 652 students. Offsite programs had 33 participating programs benefiting 1,874 of their students and 8 musicians/therapists. Programs include both group and individual instruction. The total faculty is composed of 66 professional musicians.
outreach program - called the music therapy institute, the outreach program facilitates weekly music therapy groups and professional development programs to partnering organizations and public school districts in westchester county, ny. Working with children and adults with a range of developmental, emotional, cognitive and social impairments, music therapists use the active process of music making to engage students and address specific goals, including: increasing communication, improving social skills, providing opportunities for self expression, improving impulse control and improving attention to task. Professional development programs assist music educators in public school districts to develop and implement appropriate music programs for special needs learners. The children and adults involved in the programs benefitted from this highly motivated, inclusionary program by demonstrating growth in all areas of functioning. The program had 32 participating partners/schools and provided programs in 78 different locations.
performances - in 2013-2014 conservatory students and faculty presented 73 performances in the school's recital hall and in a variety of community venues. Performance is an integral component of the conservatory's educational program. Students perform as soloists on their instrument of study. Student ensembles also perform at least twice during the school year. Performance classes, called "play-ins," offer an informal opportunity for students to learn recital skills and stage etiquette. Separate recital opportunities are provided for adult students. Faculty performances in the community offer a showcase for the quality and talents of our faculty as well as opportunities for students and their families to hear their teachers perform.
MCW has given my daughter a phenomenal base for what's become a major part of her life. She began as a flute student in the fourth grade. She has progressed to the point where she is being courted for two different bands at college.
She was part of the Musical Theater summer program at MCW when she was in middle school. That grew into fours years in High School of Chorus and Drama. She was part of eight productions in HS and a choral group that won gold medals in NYS competitions. In college, she is part of the University Chorus and is an assistant director at a local HS in their Spring musical show.
I'm very proud of what she's done with her musical talents and I'm very grateful to MCW for the guidance, direction and dedication it has provided her.
My daughter, Peggy, started regular flute lessons one fall six years ago when a knee injury kept her out of soccer. I dreaded her reaction to this alternative to sports. However, once she started, she was itching to come back each week. She asked to be included in the music theory program. This all started an interest in music and the arts that continues to grow for Peggy, with her participation in band, chorus and the drama club at school and the choir at church.
The faculty and the environment at the Conservatory encourage and develop the skills and knowledge of the students like no institution I've encountered before.
My teenage son was struggling to balance his musical interests in classical music and popular music. At MCW he found outlets for both: he plays classical trumpet in a brass ensemble, he plays jazz and rock guitar in small group settings. He has individual instruction in both instruments as well.
MCW is a very supportive musical community where all types of music, and all types of students are welcomed.
Formerly a piano player, I started harpsichord lessons at the Conservatory 6 years ago as an adult student. The faculty and staff are superb--dedicated and caring. Coming from a therapy background, I am also very impressed with their music therapy institute. They are able to reach and to help a wide variety of children and adults. MCW is more than a music school, it is a wonderful, diverse community.
I picked up the flute at age 54 after a 30 year hiatus. The Music Conservatory found me a great teacher and I now I can play even better than I did in my 20s. It's a wonderful warm place for kids and adults.