The music industry is being continuously revamped by computer music production and ever-emerging technology, so much so that the Music Conservatory of Westchester broke ground this November to build five new technology-based teaching spaces in the 3,500 sq. ft. White Plains campus’ lower level.
Among the new spaces will be a percussion studio, a digital piano lab, and a recording studio. These three new learning spaces come collectively with the Recording Engineering and Music Production training program that is set to commence in Spring 2022. The program is open to high school students interested in all things music technology, especially behind-the-scenes operations.
“In today’s world, technology is integrated into every aspect of our daily lives, and there is a rapidly growing range of technology-based career opportunities in the music industry, from audio-visual event production to music for video games and much more,” says Executive Director Jean Newton, of Edgemont. “We aim to prepare our students with the skills to fulfill their dreams and goals.”
Of the remaining two new studios, one will be an additional music therapy studio to accommodate a growing demand for music therapy services. The other will be a large multi-purpose rehearsal studio that can be used for any ensemble rehearsals, programs, or classes needing a larger space. The conservatory is expected to host a ribbon cutting event when the facilities conclude construction and are ready for music lovers to enjoy.
The Music Conservatory is known for its MCW Prep pre-college training program, where students audition and are then enrolled into weekly private lessons catered to their career goals. Despite music being a competitive industry, the conservatory teaches that there are a multitude of ways to involve music in a career.