Founded in 2003 to provide additional depth to the rich tapestry of the Geneva School experience, The Geneva Conservatory of Music (GCM) is located within and works in accordance with the values, purpose, and mission of The Geneva School of Manhattan. This partnership provides an enriching environment where excellence, friendship, and service to others are reinforced.
The Conservatory offers instruction in piano, violin, and voice to Geneva School students. Additionally, each student is placed in a music theory, Suzuki violin, or group violin class. Frequent public performances give students the opportunity to develop confidence and stage presence.
Private lessons are offered for 30, 45, or 60 minutes of instruction in piano, violin, and voice. Students have the opportunity to perform in at least four recitals annually, attend masterclasses, and participate in special concerts and musical field trips designed for GCM students. Private lessons include a 30-minute weekly Music Theory class of appropriate level (see below). Violin students in their early years participate in a Suzuki group class or a violin group class instead of Music Theory, graduating to an Advanced Ensemble as they get older.
Excellence: Our aim is to create well-rounded musicians who are proficient on their instruments and have a solid grasp of music theory and musicianship. Performance opportunities and access to professional performances reinforce a pursuit of excellence.
Community: Friendship, encouragement, and communication are the building blocks of our community. Each student is encouraged to develop his or her own creative ability while gaining an appreciation for the creative abilities of others.
Formation: Students flourish in an atmosphere that celebrates God-given creativity and inspires achievement. We desire for each child to grow not only in their musical abilities but also in the formation of their character and service to others.
The Conservatory’s world-class instructors are accomplished musicians in their fields, having achieved the highest levels of musical training, and having performed in the world’s most renowned concert halls. Our teachers encourage creativity and love for music, emphasize excellence, and foster values such as service, communication, and leadership.