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Vote Us The Best of Westchester a Third Time in a Row!

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Here’s an easy election! When you fill out your picks for Westchester Magazine’s “Best of Westchester” poll, please consider putting us as the best Music School.

  • Just type in Music Conservatory of Westchester in the “Music School” category
  • Don’t forget to vote for our neighbors Steffi Nossen as the Best Dance School.
  • Lastly, enter your email address at bottom of the page and click submit!
Ballots are live until January 23rd at 5pm, results will be published in the July 2019 issue of Westchester Magazine.

Jump-Start Your Child's Success with Music!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018


Voted Best of Westchester’s “Best Music School” for two consecutive years (2017 and 2018), the nonprofit Music Conservatory of Westchester is dedicated to providing the extraordinary benefits of music to all in our community, including all ages. The Conservatory offers a full spectrum of quality music instruction for students in the developing stages of growth, starting with its First Notes curriculum for babies and toddlers, and progressing with its Suzuki program and Guitar program for young musicians, all leading toward its Honors Program for high school students preparing for college.

“Music is all around us, virtually everywhere we go, yet most people listen to music without understanding what they are actually hearing,” Conservatory Dean of Students and Faculty Dr. Douglas Bish explains. “Children who develop a strong sense of musical concepts from their earliest years have a better chance of growing up with confidence, self-motivation, creativity, and other essential skills.”

The Music Conservatory of Westchester prepares children as young as 3 months old for their future through its First Notes sequence, with three levels of classes to jumpstart your child’s musical understanding: Bravo Babies (3 – 18 months), Toddler Tunes (1 ½ - 2 ½ years), and Preschool Prodigies (3 – 4 years). Children explore musical sounds and rhythms, and learn songs from around the world, attending classes with a parent or caregiver.

The Music Conservatory of Westchester’s Suzuki program offers instruction in violin, cello or piano for students ages 4 and up, focusing on the philosophy that “Every Child Can” learn to play an instrument. Our highly qualified Suzuki teachers train young musicians to become skilled instrumentalists, performers and ensemble players, while developing their motor skills and focusing ability. Our new Guitar Program offers a progressive curriculum on this popular instrument, preparing young students ages 4 and up to specialize in their favorite style of music, whether rock, jazz or classical, when they get to middle school.

Starting in the upper elementary grades, the Conservatory prepares students for NYSSMA auditions, music competitions, performing in school ensembles and productions, and gearing up for college. For high school students, the Conservatory offers an Honors Program with a pre-college curriculum that includes performance, theory, and ensemble participation in addition to instrumental or vocal study. Graduation from the Honors Program is a highly-regarded component of students’ college applications, regardless of their future career plans.

Visit our Fall Open Houses to Find out More!

  • Tuesday, September 4 (6:00-7:30 PM)
  • Saturday, September 15 (10:00 AM – 1:00 PM)
  • Saturday, September 15 (9:30AM - 12:00PM) Suzuki Open House
  • Monday, September 17 (5:00-7:00 PM)
  • Saturday, September 22 (9:30AM -12:00PM) Suzuki Open House
“Our faculty members are selected equally for their accomplishments as performers, and for their teaching expertise, to ensure the Conservatory maintains its reputation for the most nurturing environment for learning,” Dr. Bish says of the Conservatory’s opportunities for quality music training throughout students’ years of development.

Starting your child’s musical journey early is critical for their success as they grow up. At the Music Conservatory of Westchester, you and your child are a part of a musical community like no other. For more information on why studying music is a great choice for you child visit our Why Study Music page!

To enroll for the fall, schedule a meeting with us by completing the online Inquiry Form, Email us or call 914-761-3900.


Voted Best of Westchester's "Best Music School" AGAIN!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

The votes are in! With many thanks to our musical community, the Music Conservatory of Westchester has been voted ‘Best Music School’ of 2018 in Westchester Magazine’s ‘Best of Westchester’ contest!

This is the 2nd consecutive year that the Conservatory has been honored with this title. The Conservatory is proud of its students, faculty, staff, leadership, and Conservatory families who continue to make our school the ‘Best of Westchester’ and we hope to continue that legacy for many years to come.

Thank you to everyone who voted for the Music Conservatory of Westchester and chooses to study music with us as we strive to provide the extraordinary benefits of music to all in our community.

The Dean's Desk - Spring 2018

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

While grounded in time-honored musical values, the Music Conservatory is equally committed to innovative programming for today’s students, including our very youngest. This fall we will embark on a new elementary group guitar curriculum for students as young as age 4, imparting the musical foundations to pursue more advanced studies in classical, rock, Latin, or jazz guitar, and preparing them to join a variety of bands and ensembles. 

A new sequential First Notes curriculum will start at age 3 months, and will be offered on Sundays for the first time. Parents will see their children engaged in fun learning activities, gaining new skills at each level. The curriculum will seamlessly progress to our Music Skills and Theory classes. 

We are redesigning our group piano classes as we prepare to create a Digital Piano Classroom with a separate work station for each student. We anticipate a robust demand for these classes, from children age 4 right through adult learners of all ability levels.

The Conservatory’s unique blend of innovation and tradition has built our reputation for almost 90 years. Every day, we work hard to prove that we are, and will continue to be, the “Best of Westchester.”

Dr. Douglas Bish
Dean of Students and Faculty

Vote Us Best Music School in Westchester AGAIN!

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Vote the Music Conservatory of Westchester the "Best Music School" AGAIN!

When you fill out your picks for Westchester Magazine's "Best of Westchester" poll, please consider putting us as the best Music School.

Click Here to Vote

  • Scroll down to the "Kids" section
  • Under the "Music School" category fill in, Name: "Music Conservatory of Westchester", Town: "White Plains"
  • You can only submit your ballot once so make sure to fill in any other categories you would like. (You are not required to vote in any other categories)
  • Enter email address at bottom of page and click submit

Ballots are live until January 24th at 5pm.

Thank you for voting, your support means everything to us!

Back to School means Back to Music! Announcing Fall Open Houses

Friday, July 28, 2017

The Music Conservatory of Westchester, voted Best of Westchester’s “Best Music School” of 2017, is offering Open Houses at their 216 Central Ave. White Plains, NY location Saturday mornings and Tuesday afternoons in August and September. Prospective students and parents are invited to explore the Conservatory’s robust roster of classes that appeal to the diverse musical interests of children, teens, and adults.

Open House dates:
Saturday, August 12th 10:00am-1:00pm CANCELED
Tuesday, August 22nd 5:00-7:00pm
Wednesday, August 23rd 5:00-7:00pm
Tuesday, September 5th 5:00-7:00pm
Saturday, September 9th 10:00am-1:00pm
Tuesday, September 12th 5:00-7:00pm
Saturday, September 16th 10:00am-1:00pm

The Conservatory extends its class schedule to 7 days per week this fall, perfect for busy students and parents to keep music education a priority. Featured this fall is Suzuki Piano, the newest addition to our Suzuki instrumental program; First Notes for Babies and Toddlers; Intro to Rock Band; Hip-Hop Music Workshop; Buckets & Beats drumming class; Honors Program for serious teen musicians. Come visit us for an Open House this fall and join a musical community like no other!


Conservatory Wins Best of Westchester Honor for "Best Music School"

Tuesday, July 11, 2017


The people of Westchester County have spoken! Non-profit White Plains music school, the Music Conservatory of Westchester is being honored with the Westchester Magazine 2017 Best of Westchester award for “Best Music School”. Westchester Magazine will hold an event celebrating its honorees on July 26, 2017 at the Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle for the 7th Annual Best of Westchester Awards. The regional lifestyle magazine celebrates the best of the county in various categories ranging from Dining, Fun & Leisure, Shopping, Health & Beauty, to Home, Kids, and more.

Nominated and chosen by popular vote from the magazine’s readers, the Music Conservatory of Westchester offers music instruction for children, teens, and adults as well as Music Therapy for all ages. With over 2,700 students annually, the Music Conservatory edged out the competition as the premier community music school of Westchester County. The Conservatory was chosen over other music schools in the area as the “Best Music School” of Westchester, which is also a new category for the awards.

“We are thrilled to receive this award,” Executive Director Jean Newton, said of the organization’s Best of Westchester win. “It’s a great honor to be chosen by the community we serve.”

The community music school prides itself on being a partner in the community, serving students not only from Westchester, but the surrounding counties as well. With variety among the programs offered to appeal to a diverse student community, Newton expressed that the Conservatory is, “an oasis for cultural harmony through music.”

The Conservatory has served the Westchester community for 87 years, with music instruction for students of all ages, Music Therapy for those with disabilities, student scholarships, outreach programs, and much more to broaden the reach and love of music in the region.  The Music Conservatory of Westchester looks to nurture the next generation of musicians, music lovers, and supporters of the arts.

This is the secondBest of Westchester” win for the Music Conservatory of Westchester. In 2001, the Conservatory won “Best Karmic Transformation” for the innovative renovation of its building in White Plains.

For more information about the Best of Westchester Competition CLICK HERE.