Adult Programs ages 18-80+

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Music is a joy and opportunity at every stage of life, something to be savored and shared with family and friends.  Whether you’re 28 or 68, trying something for the first time, or dusting off the instrument you haven’t touched since high school, you’ll find a warm welcome and a musical home at the Conservatory.

You’ll be inspired and challenged when you take individual or group instrumental lessons with our enthusiastic faculty members who enjoy sharing their expertise. Theory classes can also be fun! Join a performing group and discover the magic that happens when you play music with others, or create your own in a composition or songwriting workshop.

Our staff is available to speak with you about your musical interests and goals, and help you find the right program and instructor. For more registration information, our calendar and group class schedule, please visit the New Student Registration page. Feel free to Contact Us with any questions.

Need-based scholarships are available for adult students through the Mary L. Bianco and Robert Heath Adult Scholarship Fund, visit our Scholarship Page for more info. We encourage you to apply!  Discounts for senior citizens are also available for lessons taking place on weekdays before 3:00 pm.

Here's What we offer:

  • Instrumental and Vocal Instruction

      • We offer 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.

        The Conservatory experience includes more than just lessons. Tuition includes:

        • Free music theory classes
        • Discounted performing ensembles
        • Free student performances, including rehearsals with a professional piano accompanist
  • Group Lessons

      • Group Guitar and Group Piano are introductory classes for adult beginners. You’ll earn basic guitar and piano skills from a professional expert in a relaxed, enjoyable environment. These classes are perfect for adults who always wanted to learn to play but never had the chance. Limited to 4 students per class.

      • Learn the skills you'll need to play in a band, including note-reading, rhythm, hand position, chord shapes and more.

  • Music Theory, Appreciation & Composition

      • Basic theory concepts including clefs and note-reading, intervals, chord structure and other music fundamentals.

      • A non-traditional approach, placing theoretical concepts within a historical context. Students will learn more advanced melodic and harmonic concepts, study compositional structure with reference to the great composers, and enhance their musical knowledge and appreciation.

      • For teens and adults with aspirations of performing and recording their original songs. Taught by a professional singer-songwriter and recording artist, students will learn songwriting and performance techniques, while gaining an understanding of how to be successful in the music industry.

        Songwriters and musicians at any level with interest in any genre are welcome to express themselves through melody, lyric, and rhythm. While not required, students are encouraged to hone their instrumental skills through private lessons to accompany their progress in the class.

      • Learn the basics of jazz theory, improvisation, and jazz styles such as Blues, Bebop and Cool Jazz. Students must read music and demonstrate fluency on their instrument.

      • Teaches the principles and techniques of creating original music. Students listen to and analyze examples from the great composers, engage in group composition projects and have their original music performed. To take this class, students write a short original piece to be approved by the instructor. For grade 7 to adult, 60 minutes

      • The Music Conservatory of Westchester announces four in-depth musical experiences as its new Musical Masters lecture series begins on Sundays at 2pm during spring 2019. Open to the public, the Conservatory’s lecture series will include insight from four experts. Go to for more info.

        March 3 - "The World of Chamber Music: Rational (and Irrational) Conversations" with Michael Boriskin, Artistic Director of Copland House

        March 31 - "Brazilian Jazz: From Samba to American Standards" with Mark Morganelli, Artistic Director of Jazz Forum

        April 28 - "Musical Storytelling: The Poetry Behind Piano Masterpieces" with Andrew Armstrong, Acclaimed Concert Pianist

        May 19 - "Film Music: Groundbreaking Director/Composer Collaborations" with Elliott Forrest, Award-winning WQXR Radio Broadcaster

  • Performing Ensembles

      • Join a group of women of all ages who love to sing! The group rehearses traditional and popular repertoire as well as selections from the American songbook. No prior experience is necessary.

      • Partners is the perfect way for intermediate and advanced piano students to have an enjoyable and valuable ensemble experience. Students are matched according to age and skill level, and are coached in four-hands and two-piano repertoire by a member of the Conservatory’s piano faculty.

        Piano Partners perform at the Conservatory and may be asked to perform in a variety of community venues. A placement audition is required.

      • For advanced piano, string, woodwind or brass students, matched by skill level. Students study and perform selections from Sonata repertoire.

      • Rehearse and perform a variety of traditional and contemporary repertoire with other adult instrumentalists. Placement audition required.

      • Open to woodwind, brass, piano, bass and drum students as well as vocalists. Combo members will learn repertoire from the Jazz tradition and work on the elements of improvisation. Each combo is coached by a member of our Jazz/Rock/Pop faculty.

        Limited class size (3-7 students) ensures individual attention. Combos work toward performances at the Conservatory and in a variety of community venues. Students must demonstrate basic fluency on their instrument. Students grouped according to age and ability. A placement audition is required.

      • Open to vocalists, guitar, bass guitar, piano/keyboard players and drummers. Band members will learn tunes by their favorite rock and pop artists, including early blues and such rock influences as Led Zeppelin, AC-DC, and Metallica.

        Limited ensemble size (3-6 students) ensures individual attention. Bands work toward performances at the Conservatory and in a variety of community locations. Students must demonstrate fluency on their instrument.


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