About the Music Conservatory

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Music Conservatory of Westchester was founded in 1929 in the American settlement house tradition of broad-based access and community service. Legendary cellist Pablo Casals was among its founders, and jazz legend Cab Calloway once served on its board. The Conservatory’s mission is to provide the extraordinary benefits of music to all in our community. Today, the Conservatory provides quality music education for students of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, with one-on-one instruction, performing ensembles, theory, composition, early childhood classes, lifelong learning for adults, and free community performances. Our esteemed faculty, artists in their own right, help to enrich the lives of more than 2,900 students each year from 4 months to over 80 years. Our Scholarship Program for low income students, and our Music Therapy program for individuals with disabilities ensure access for all.

As a community music school, we play a vitally important role in creating the musical landscape for the next generation. We appreciate the importance of the great traditions, and understand how to adapt them for the present and future, educating tomorrow’s performers, audiences and supporters of the arts. We contribute to youth development, helping to create a stronger work force through the life skills that music training supports: creativity, leadership, teamwork, discipline, confidence, and critical thinking. We help unite our county’s communities through the universal language of music, creating a common bond among diverse individuals and groups.

One of only sixteen non-degree-granting schools nationwide to be accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the Conservatory has inspired generations of students, and contributed to a vibrant musical life in the county, the region and beyond.


The Music Conservatory is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Performing Arts Schools, a division of NASM, and is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education.  

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