In Washington Heights, a ‘True Conservatory Experience’

“We’re providing a true conservatory experience,” says Adán Vásquez. (Photo by Gregg McQueen via Manhattan Times)

“We’re providing a true conservatory experience,” says Adán Vásquez. (Photo by Gregg McQueen via Manhattan Times)

For five years, in a basement location at the Alianza Triangle Building on West 166th Street, the Washington Heights Community Conservatory of Fine Arts has been instructing young people in music theory, music history and how to play such instruments as the violin, cello, harp and clarinet.

Gregg McQueen of Manhattan Times checked in with the conservatory’s executive director, Adán Vásquez, who says that the students receive their instruction at no charge and are loaned the instruments by the school, which offers them a “true conservatory experience.”

Vásquez, who is also President of the Association of Dominican Classical Artists, explained that he saw a need for additional music programs in Washington Heights.

“There is great musical talent up here, but not enough programs to develop it,” Vásquez said.

“We’re not exactly teaching the most popular instruments,” remarked WHCCFA Marketing Director José Martínez. “We’re definitely exposing kids in this area to something unique.”

The conservatory serves about 60 students and there will be 20 slots available for the 2016-17 school year. While students are not required to have prior musical education, they must have an interview.

“We want to determine that the child is serious about learning and practicing the instrument, and that the family really feels like this is something for them,” said Martínez.

Go to Manhattan Times to read what a teacher at the music school and a parent have to say about the many ways in which a musical education helps children to develop, and to hear what one 8-year-old has to say about learning to play the violin.

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