2013–14 COURSE OFFERINGS
Music study at Westminster Conservatory provides a unique opportunity for musical growth and is available to students of all ages and stages of ability.
To receive the 2013–14 course catalog by mail, please email the Conservatory at wccConserv@rider.edu or call 609-921-7104 ext. 2. Please include your full name, mailing address and specify which catalog you are interested in.
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BRINGING MUSIC TO THE COMMUNITY
REACH YOUR FULL MUSICAL POTENTIAL
At Westminster Conservatory, you get more than just music lessons, classes, and performing ensembles. Students enrolled at the Conservatory receive a number of special benefits and opportunities included in your tuition.
- Full academic year of instruction
Lessons, classes, and performing groups run from September through early June. Students may also add extra lessons before or after the summer session with the permission of their teacher.
- Individualized goal setting
The teacher helps each student identify and accomplish his or her technical and musical goals. Through this process, the student learns personal responsibility and gains a sense of achievement.
- Lesson observation week (fall and spring)
Parents or caregivers are encouraged to sit in on their child’s private lesson during the week of October 28, 2013 to meet the teacher and share goals for the student. In the spring, during the week of April 28, 2014, teachers set aside time in the child’s private lesson to discuss plans with parents for continued study in the summer and/or fall.
- Student recitals
The Conservatory encourages students to take advantage of various performing opportunities offered throughout the year. Frequent performances help remove many of the anxieties associated with public performance. Student recitals are held monthly throughout the academic year and are open to students of all ages and ability, with the permission of their teacher.
- Studio class
Studio classes allow teachers to bring their private students together for an informal performance opportunity. The studio class and evaluation (see below) count as one private lesson in the spring term.
- Written evaluation
The student evaluation, held during the week of April 7, 2014, is where the student’s progress is evaluated by a panel of faculty members in a relaxed, supportive, and friendly atmosphere. The evaluation and studio class (see above) count as one private lesson in the spring term.
The Conservatory provides accompanists for dress rehearsals, student recitals, studio classes, scholarship auditions, and voice evaluations.
- Scholarship and competition opportunities
- Family discount
Families who register for 4 or more Conservatory offerings receive a 5% discount off their tuition).
- Financial aid
Funds are available to qualifying families
- Free or discounted admittance to many recitals and concerts
- Use of Westminster Choir College's Talbott Library
In addition to these opportunities that are included in your yearly tuition, Westminster Conservatory offers a summer program that includes private lessons and camps for all ages. Families may register for this program as follows:
- Summer camp registration begins on January 20, 2014. The Conservatory offers a variety of music camps for toddlers to teens.
- Summer private lesson registration begins on May 19, 2014. Full tuition for private lessons is due with registration. This flexible eight-week session, which runs from June 23 through August 15, 2014, provides private instruction in many instruments, depending on availability of faculty. Students often enroll in summer lessons to try out a new instrument, to get extra coaching and practice, or to accelerate entry into higher level theory classes in the fall.