Back to school means back to the grind of shuttling between soccer practice, dance classes, and violin lessons. Luckily, starting this fall, White Plains community music school, the Music Conservatory of Westchester, has carved time out of your family’s busy schedules to make life a little easier.
Voted Best of Westchester’s “Best Music School” of 2017, the Music Conservatory of Westchester has been providing music education to Westchester County and the Tri-State area since 1929. This fall, they’re extending the class schedule to seven days per week, offering private lessons on Sundays starting the week of September 4, 2017. Offering classes and lessons every day of the week will accommodate those busy students juggling after-school programs so that music can still be a priority.
“This was a great opportunity to meet the needs of our students,” Jean Newton, Executive Director of the Music Conservatory of Westchester, said. “With today’s families living such busy lives, we feel this is an important expansion for the students and community.”
The Conservatory maintains a robust schedule of lessons, classes, and ensembles for students to get involved in with instruction for over 25 different instruments and a variety of musical genres. A musical community for the next generation, the Conservatory will also introduce new classes to the overall fall schedule to appeal to the diverse musical interests of its students. The new fall classes include:
- Hip-Hop Composition for middle school aged students and older. This program is inspired by the influence of hip-hop on classical music, as seen in Hamilton the Musical on Broadway. “This is our most adventurous offering,” Conservatory Dean Douglas Bish said. “We teach hip-hop using state of the art equipment to produce this music in the best possible way.” Students are taught how to use the Conservatory’s brand new Yamaha Motif XF8 music workstation to create beats and loops inspired by pop and hip-hop hit makers.
- The Suzuki program that currently includes specialized violin, cello, and guitar instruction, will add piano to its lineup of instruments with weekly private and group lessons as part of the Suzuki philosophy of instruction.
- Introduction to Rock Band for middle school aged students and older. “This is a movement to expand our jazz/rock/pop offerings with a beginner rock band class,” Dean Bish said.
Dean Douglas Bish said of the distinctive programs being introduced this fall at the Music Conservatory of Westchester, “We are constantly expanding the offerings of our music programs beyond our classical roots.”
The Music Conservatory of Westchester is making it possible for its students to be prepared with the musical knowledge and skills they need to strike a chord this fall.
Students can enroll in classes for the fall by visiting http://www.musicconservatory.org or call 914-761-3900.
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