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(WHITE PLAINS, NY): It is just about time for the Music Conservatory of Westchester’s Fall 2017 semester to commence! The non-profit organization that has been providing music education to Westchester County and surrounding New York counties since 1929 will extend its class schedule to seven days per week, offering private lessons on Sundays starting the week of September 4, 2017. Offering Sunday lessons will accommodate those busy students juggling after-school programs so that music can still be a priority. The Conservatory’s goal is to offer more classes and recitals on Sundays in the future.

“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.”

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. These 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.

For adult students, new offerings for the Fall include the introduction of Master Classes with instructors to be announced later in the Fall, and a Music Theory class with an online software component as a supplementary resource. Tailored to the adult student, this class will enhance the students’ musical appreciation and understanding of theoretical concepts.

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.”

Voted Best of Westchester’s “Best Music School” of 2017, 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 at 914-761-3900.

For more information about the Music Conservatory of Westchester, contact Alye Carlevaro, Communications and Marketing Manager at [email protected] or 914-761-3900 x140.

The Music Conservatory of Westchester was founded in 1929 by a group of community members and renowned artists. Today, the Conservatory, provides the extraordinary benefits of music to all in our community, from absolute beginners to advanced artists, with one-on-one instruction, performing ensembles, theory, composition, early childhood classes, lifelong learning for adults, and free community performances for 2,700 students each year from 4 months to over 80 years old. As a not-for-profit organization, the Conservatory is dedicated to serving the community and reaching out to those who would not otherwise have access through its scholarship program. The Music Therapy Institute brings music into the lives of 1,900 children and adults with disabilities each year. The Conservatory has inspired generations of students, and contributed to a vibrant musical life in the county, the region, and beyond.