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Summer Open Houses Around the Corner!

Tuesday, February 06, 2018


Get to know the Music Conservatory of Westchester Summer Programs at our upcoming Open Houses on:
Tuesday, February 6 6:30-8pm
Tuesday, February 27 6:30-8pm
Saturday, March 10 10am-12pm


Sign up for the Music Conservatory of Westchester’s Summer Music Programs today! Call 914-761-3900 or visit summeratmcw.org

The Conservatory offers fun, musical experiences for kids grades K-9 over 4 different 2 week sessions with half or full day options starting June 25 through August 19. K-6 graders can try an instrument, create in Arts & Crafts, participate in Dance & Creative Movement, and young children can experiment with music in Music Skills and Buckets & Beats.

The comprehensive Suzuki Summer Program teaches the Suzuki method of learning an instrument for beginners at age 4 through students grades K-8. Students grades 1-6 can show their theatrical side and perform on our recital hall stage in Musical Theatre Immersion. In the Conservatory’s new summer program, students grades 5-9 can develop their piano abilities in the Summer Piano Festival!

Inside the Studio Week is Back!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017


Back by popular demand, Inside the Studio week will return for the second time at the Music Conservatory of Westchester. During the week of Sunday October 22nd - Saturday October 28th, parents can sit-in and observe their child's private lesson. Parents will also have a chance during the last five to ten minutes of the lesson to talk with the teacher and check-in on their child's progress.

The special week will also include a meet-up opportunity for Adult Students, a social for Conservatory Parents and an information session with Dean Doug Bish on, "“Everything You Want to Know About the NYSSSMA Solo & Ensemble Festival." Don't miss out on this fun and unique experience!

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!

 

Introducing an ALL NEW Hip-Hop Workshop

Thursday, May 04, 2017
The influence of hip-hop on today’s music is undeniable. Join the Hip-Hop Revolution this summer and learn to write your own music! Classes will include Beat Production, History of Hip-Hop, Lyrical Flow, Composition, Theory & Analysis and more.

This amazing week of Hip-Hop will take place August 14-18th, 9am to 3:30pm and is for middle and high school students. Call 914.761.3900 or email jake@musiced.org for more information.

Join Us for a Spectacular Week of Suzuki!

Thursday, May 04, 2017
Join us for a week of in-depth instruction on Violin, Cello or Guitar using the renowned Suzuki method. Classes include semi-private & group lessons, chamber ensembles, Baroque music, music theory, movement and more! This spectacular week will be from August 7-11th, 9am to 3:30pm and is for grades K – 8.

A Beginner Suzuki Special option is available for ages 4 and up, which will include a semi-private lesson and group class, and will take place between 11am – 12pm or 4pm – 5pm. Go to www.summeratmcw.org or contact Jake Robinson for more information, 914-761-3900 x143, jake@musiced.org.

Mother’s Day Piano Concert

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Join us for a musical Mother's Day. Make her feel special with a concert by the talented piano students of the Music Conservatory of Westchester.

This free family concert will take place Sunday, May 14th at 2pm at the Grinton Will Public Library, 1500 Central Park Ave in Yonkers. This concert is supported by the Westchester Community Foundation, The Rudyard and Emanuella Reimss Fund.

 

You're Invited to Our "Inside the Studio" Week

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
All Music Conservatory Parents are invited to our "Inside the Studio" week, Monday May 8th - Saturday May 13th, during which parents can sit-in and observe their child's private lesson. Parents will also have a chance during the last five to ten minutes of the lesson to talk with the teacher and check-in on their child's progress.



Music Conservatory to Hold Early Open Houses

Thursday, February 23, 2017

 

Music Conservatory of Westchester will hold four open houses for its Summer Music & Arts program on:

  • Saturday, Feb. 25, 10am-12pm
  • Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 6-8 pm
  • Saturday, March 18 from 10am – 12pm   --- CANCELED
  • Tuesday, March 28 from 6 - 8 pm
The program features a variety of offerings from songwriting to theatre to arts & crafts to dance. This year, the program will add several new components including Blues, Improvisation and Salsa as well as special weeklong workshops in Suzuki violin, cello or guitar and Hip-Hop Composition.

At the respective open house events, parents and their children can meet with staff, discuss their interests, and register before April 19 at an "early bird" rate. This fun program consists of four two-week sessions (parents can choose all or some) with half, full, and extended day options available. For more details, visit www.summeratmcw.org or call (914) 761-3900.

 

Introducing a More Extensive Jazz/Rock/Pop Program this Fall!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Music Conservatory of Westchester will roll out several brand new classes for those interested in new and contemporary music. The offerings are aimed to expand musical horizons by learning the basics of jazz theory, harmony and improvisation. Additionally, students can explore their unique compositional voice and write original music. A music appreciation class is also available as are new large and small ensemble options including, respectively, Latin Jazz and Jazz Big Band and Jazz Combos and Rock Band.

“We offer groups of every shape and size, from rock or jazz band, to Latin Jazz and Big Band,” explained Doug Bish, Dean of Students and Faculty. “We’ll match you up with compatible players, and you’ll receive weekly coaching with a member of our outstanding professional faculty. You’ll grow as a musician and have opportunities to perform at the Conservatory and in the community.”

"We offer groups of every shape and size, from rock or jazz band, to Latin Jazz and Big Band..."

For those jazz lovers, there’s also a Jazz Theory and Improvisation class in which students will learn the evolution of improvisation, and discover how jazz greats like Charlie Parker and John Coltrane mastered their art. “You’ll develop new ways to practice your instrument, understand the Blues, use complex harmonic ideas and structures, and improvise in styles such as Bebop and Cool Jazz,” said Assistant Dean Jake Robinson.

In addition to those enhancements, the Conservatory is offering a songwriting workshop (grade 7 to adult) which will enable students to create and perform their original compositions. (There is also a young songwriters class for those in grades 6-8.) For those who simply want to share their love of music, music appreciation class “Cover to Cover” will discuss a different classic album – from Bowie to the Beach Boys – each week.

The Conservatory will also hold group classes in guitar and piano for teen and adult beginners. There is also a new “Top 25 Classics for Bass” class for students who can read music, and want to perform classic tunes by the likes of The Beatles, Temptations, Van Morrison, and other top artists.

The Conservatory offers instruction in all styles of music, on all instruments including piano, voice, strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, harp, harpsichord and organ. “Our highly qualified teachers use an individualized approach for each student, based on age, goals and learning style. Lessons are available throughout the year, including summer,” Bish said. Tuition to the lessons includes free music theory classes, discounted performing ensembles, and free student performances including rehearsals with a professional piano accompanist.

Photo by Alye Carlevaro

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Music Conservatory to Hold Early Fall Open Houses

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Music Conservatory of Westchester will hold open houses for its Fall Semester throughout August and September in their 216 Central Ave. location in White Plains. The dates are respectively Tuesday evenings (4-7 p.m.)  Aug. 23 and 30 and Sept. 6, 13, and 20. Open houses will also be held Saturday mornings (9-1 p.m.) on Sept. 10 and 17.

At the open house events, parents and their children can meet with staff, discuss their interests, and register for the fall semester, which runs from September through January.  In addition to private and group lessons, theory, and everything in between, the Conservatory has launched an all new Jazz, Pop and Rock program. For more details, please call (914) 761-3900, contact info@musiced.org, and/or visit www.musicconservatory.org.

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