Why Study Music?

Music has the power to advance children’s brain development, enhance the quality of life for adults at every stage of life, and improve memory and physical coordination for all ages. At the Music Conservatory of Westchester, music is the great equalizer, providing extraordinary benefits for every student.

New research shows that playing a musical instrument strengthens both sides of the brain like no other activity. According to an article from Steinway[1] titled “Academic Success Could Involve Music To Your Ears,” one study from the University of Toronto revealed that there was indeed an IQ increase among 6 year-olds who had weekly voice and piano lessons. This study found that the effectiveness of weekly music lessons on children’s development, regardless of instrument, is dependent on three key elements:

  • Quality of instrument
  • Quality of the teacher
  • Quality of practice

Understanding and having an interest in the chosen musical instrument is essential for a child to find motivation and continue the healthy habit of daily practice. The right teacher is critical for any student’s success in learning to play an instrument. The National Association for Music Education[2] defines the qualities of a great music teacher as being able to connect with students on an emotional level, communicate their knowledge, focus on the fundamentals, and help students reach their potential.

 

There are academic, physical, and social benefits that develop as children learn to play an instrument:

  • Excelling with an instrument and learning to read music helps improve overall academic performance by improving math, reading and comprehension skills, and creative thinking.
  • Daily practice and gaining a better understanding of music through effective lessons can help development of motor skills, physical coordination, and cognition. 
  • Enjoying the instrument and performing in musical ensembles can contribute to overall self-motivation, self-confidence, teamwork and leadership skills, furthering a student’s social growth and future career development as they enter the workforce.

 

Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the Music Conservatory of Westchester was voted Best of Westchester’s Best Music School in 2017 and 2018. With more than 80 expertly qualified, trained professional musicians as Faculty Members, the Conservatory matches every student with the ideal music instructor for their learning style, to achieve their musical goals. 

From as young as 3 months of age, children can start their music exploration in Early Childhood programs such as First Notes, which provides a sequential curriculum for children as they gain new skills at each level while engaging in fun learning activities. As children grow and develop, they can begin comprehensive music training in the Conservatory’s Suzuki Program, Piano and Guitar Programs, and Music Skills classes. 

Youth and Teens have the option of starting private lessons on all of the band and orchestral instruments, as well as Music Theory classes, performing ensembles, and many performance opportunities at the Conservatory and in the community. We prepare students for NYSSMA auditions, prestigious competitions and performances. Our Honors Program offers pre-college training for advanced students.

 

For Adults of all ages, music study also has many benefits. The NAMM Foundation[3] published “Benefits of Learning and Playing Music for Adults,” documenting the benefits of music training for adults from their working years through retirement. According to the article, 71% of American adults report that their instrumental study helps them with teamwork in their careers. Lifelong benefits include improved memory and motor coordination, reduced blood pressure and anxiety, and increased communication and creativity.

Adults of every age, from recent college graduates to retired executives, can continue discovering their passion for music at the Music Conservatory of Westchester, where we have developed a wide range of lessons, classes and ensembles, created just for adult music students.  Performance opportunities taking place throughout the year offer social opportunities with fellow adult music lovers.

 

There truly is something for everyone at the Music Conservatory. In addition to our diverse and robust roster of lessons and classes for over 25 musical instruments, our Music Therapy Institute (MTI) offers programs for children and adults with disabilities, including adapted instrumental instruction and one-on-one music therapy.  MTI also serves 1,800 individuals with disabilities in outreach programs each year, and since 2013, the Healing Our Heroes program has provided music therapy services to military veterans in our community.

 

As a not-for-profit organization, the Music Conservatory of Westchester makes it possible for students from financially-deserving families to fulfill their musical dreams through our Scholarship Program, which provides tuition assistance for over 100 students each year. 

 

The Music Conservatory of Westchester is dedicated to providing the extraordinary benefits of music to all in our community, and plays a vitally important role in creating the musical landscape for the next generation. By blending tradition and innovation, the Conservatory educates tomorrow’s performers, audiences and supporters of the arts.

Join a musical community like no other to experience the extraordinary benefits of music first hand at the Music Conservatory of Westchester. Enroll Today!




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