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The Music Conservatory of Westchester is a registered not for profit 501(c)(3) community organization that ensures every individual has the opportunity to enrich their lives with music, regardless of their age, background, or ability.
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The Music Conservatory of Westchester provides $180,000 in scholarship assistance each year to approximately 130 students. Scholarships are based on financial need, and are renewable through high school graduation, provided students meet all program requirements and continue to make good progress in their studies. Entry level scholarships are given to young students ages 5 and up to begin their music training. High school students showing talent and career promise may receive scholarships to join the Conservatory’s Honors Program for pre-professional training.
The Music Conservatory of Westchester is the largest provider of professional music therapy services in greater Westchester, serving 2,200 students annually – both in our White Plains facility and with 32 partnering organizations. The Conservatory serves approximately 75% children and 25% adults – who live in the counties of Westchester, Putnam, Bronx, Rockland, and Fairfield, Connecticut. Scholarships to take music therapy lessons onsite are available based on financial need. Caring and experienced music therapists work with clients individually or in small groups. Therapists use a variety of music techniques, including instrumental and vocal improvisation, singing, songwriting, and listening/moving to music. Clients are guided through a process of physical, cognitive, social and emotional development while participating in a stimulating musical experience.
In September 2013, the Music Conservatory of Westchester launched a new music initiative for United States military Veterans called “Healing our Heroes,” specifically to provide music therapy and related music instruction to local war veterans who are dealing with combat-related injuries. The goal is to provide exceptional music therapy services and music opportunities to restore, support and improve the physical, emotional, and neurologic functioning of wounded veterans, and to improve the quality of life for veterans and their families. To identify participants for the program, the Conservatory works closely with VA Hospitals in the Bronx and Montrose, and four local veteran centers. Through the support of individuals, corporations and ongoing fundraising, the Conservatory provides full scholarships for each veteran.