You don’t have to travel far to bring your child (or yourself) to a nationally recognized conservatory of music because there’s one right in your own neighborhood! Established in 1970, Westminster Conservatory is the community music school of Westminster College of the Arts of Rider University and will be celebrating its 45th anniversary this year.

Music study at Westminster Conservatory presents a unique opportunity for students of all ages and stages of musicianship to achieve musical and personal growth. At Westminster, you will find a faculty of professional musicians who teach voice, strings, guitar, brass, woodwinds, piano, organ, harp, percussion, theory, musicianship, and composition. All teachers hold advanced degrees or certificates in music.

In addition, the Conservatory offers a wide range of classes and performing ensembles to engage every student, from beginner to young maestros, regardless of age. Some classes are intended as an introduction to music and require no previous experience, while others are designed to complement private instruction.

There is no audition required to enroll for lessons or classes at Westminster Conservatory, where students range in age from four months (early childhood music classes) through senior citizens.

Particularly gifted students have the opportunity to join the Conservatory’s Honors Music Program, which offers a comprehensive curriculum designed toward mastering total musicianship.

“The Conservatory’s goal is for our students to grow musically and for them to look at music as a lifelong pursuit,” says assistant director Hester Null. “We want to bring the gift of music into their lives.” Conservatory teachers inspire students in a collaborative environment that nurtures their passion for music. They lead them through a journey of musical theory, literature, and compositions both past and present. Students come away with an unforgettable, life-affirming experience that builds confidence and self-esteem.

Westminster Conservatory strives to build a sense of community among its students in all extensions. Since its other locations in Princeton, Lawrenceville, South Brunswick, and Yardley, PA, are no more than 25 minutes away, all Conservatory students have the opportunity to perform together for various events.

Student recitals are offered monthly throughout the year in Princeton, and are open to all students with the permission of their teachers. In addition, each March the Conservatory features a special extension site recital that is held in a prestigious performance hall on the campus of Westminster Choir College.

Students are invited and encouraged to attend the Conservatory’s faculty recital series free of charge where they can watch their teachers perform, giving them an appreciation of the Conservatory’s gifted faculty of accomplished artists and performers.

Unique to the Conservatory is its individualized music therapy sessions offered in Princeton for children with special needs.

Scholarships and competitive opportunities, family and senior citizen discounts, and financial aid are available.

Westminster Conservatory, 101 Walnut Lane, Princeton. 609-921-7104. www.rider.edu/conservatory. See ad, page 12.

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