Established in 1970, Westminster Conservatory is the community music school of Westminster College of the Arts of Rider University. Welcoming young musicians of all ages, skill levels, instrument preferences, and economic backgrounds, Westminster Conservatory provides focused one-on-one lessons in a musical environment close to you. In addition, the Conservatory offers a wide range of classes and performing ensembles to engage every student, from the 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.
The early childhood department at Westminster specializes in bringing developmentally appropriate music instruction to children from 14 months to 8 years of age. We believe that joyful music experiences are vital to the development of the whole child and strive to nurture natural ability, curiosity, and love of music.
Particularly gifted students have the opportunity to join the Conservatory’s Honors Music Program, which offers a comprehensive curriculum designed toward mastering total musicianship.
Westminster Conservatory of Music is a nationally recognized institution, maintaining active membership in the National Guild for Community Arts Education. The Conservatory joined the National Guild as a provisional member in 1983 and was granted full membership in 1986.