Scholarship Program

The Music Conservatory aims to ensure that every student can participate in our programs. We understand the wide range of individual financial circumstances and offer a number of scholarship opportunities for youth and adult students.

We provide tuition assistance on a sliding scale for qualifying youth ages 18 and under. Scholarships are provided for up to 95% of tuition (the Conservatory does not provide full scholarships). All scholarship awards are based upon household income, family size, and special financial considerations. Scholarship applications are kept confidential and must be updated yearly.

Continuation of scholarships is dependent upon attendance, annual submission of financial information, and compliance with the Scholarship Agreement. The Conservatory may discontinue a scholarship if a student does not uphold the terms of this agreement.

Download the Scholarship Application here.

  • Submit your completed scholarship application to the Dean’s Office. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis in the order in which they are received.
  •  Due to the high number of applications received, applicants will be contacted only if funding becomes available.
  •  Not all students meeting income requirements are selected for scholarships.

Completed applications and any questions may be emailed to Nicole Peragine, Assistant Dean of Programs: 

The Mary L. Bianco and Robert Heath Adult Scholarship Fund provides tuition assistance for qualifying adult students over age 18, offered on a sliding scale of up to 25% of tuition. Awards are based on household income, family size, and special financial considerations. To apply, follow the directions above.

Music Therapy Institute Scholarships:
Qualifying students of all ages who have disabilities may apply for scholarship assistance to take music therapy or adapted instruction. Scholarships are awarded on a sliding scale, based on household income, family size, and special financial considerations.

The Healing Our Heroes program provides veterans with full scholarships for music therapy and instrumental instruction. For further information visit the Music Therapy Institute page on this website, or contact Dr. Tina Brescia, Director of Onsite Music Therapy Services:

New Adult Scholarship Opportunities

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Expanding on our long-standing “all ages” approach,the Music Conservatory has launched a a new scholarship opportunity for adult students who want to fulfill their dreams of playing music but for whom cost is a barrier. The new scholarships, will be available for all instruments at the start of the Conservatory’s fall semester on Sept. 8, 2015. The scholarships are named after two long-time board members and adult students who initiated the program: Mary L. Bianco and Robert Heath. Understanding the high cost of living in Westchester, the Conservatory is offering these scholarships on a sliding scale of up to 25 percent of tuition to qualifying adult students age 18 to 90.The amount of each scholarship will be based upon individual financial circumstances.

“We want all individuals to learn and enjoy the pleasures of creating music,” comments Mary Bianco, an adult learner herself. “This scholarship is for adults who toyed with playing the guitar or piano or other musical instrument when they were a youngster and now want to come back to it or simply take a fresh look at the fun of playing. Come and indulge in your love of music!” On a personal note, Heath offered, “I took piano lessons from the age of six until I was 18. Although I continued my interest in music, I didn’t have time to practice the piano. Thirty years later, I was taking my son for lessons at the Conservatory and realized that I could start taking piano lessons again. I have taken lessons now for 24 years from some amazing teachers.”

For more information on our Scholarship programs contact Nicole at 914 761-3900 x114 or


The Conservatory’s Scholarship Program is made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.





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