Experience Strings Day!
Westminster Conservatory, the community music school of Rider University’s Westminster College of the Arts, will hold its first Experience Strings Day on Friday, November 5, 2021.
Offered at the Conservatory’s main location on the Westminster Choir College campus in Princeton, Experience Strings Day will feature free 20-minute trial lessons, Q&A sessions with the Assistant Director, & a short performance by Westminster Conservatory string students. The free 20-minute trial lessons with Westminster Conservatory teachers offered in the afternoon will be for children between the ages of 6 through 18. Adults are also welcome to register for a trial lesson.
2021–22 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.
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.
- In-Person, Virtual, or Hybrid Offerings
Our faculty is highly trained to provide in-person, virtual, or hybrid instruction in the upcoming academic year.
- 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)
Teachers set aside time in the private lesson to meet with parents/caregivers to share goals and discuss plans for study (weeks of November 8, 2021 and March 7, 2022).
- 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 May 2, 2022, is when 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. Fill out the Financial Aid Application (PDF).
- Free or discounted admittance to many recitals and concerts
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 18, 2022. The Conservatory offers a variety of music camps for toddlers to teens.
- Summer private lesson registration begins on May 16, 2022. Full tuition for private lessons is due with registration. This flexible eight-week session, which runs from June 27 through August 19, 2022, 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.