OUR MISSION & HISTORY

In 1956, RCM opened its doors to anyone – any age, skill-level or financial ability – with a desire to play, learn and find joy through music. Thanks to our patrons, supporters and talented professional staff, we’ve grown to be a vibrant community center for music instruction, culture and entertainment.

Our Vision:

  • Offer tuition assistance to qualifying low-income students
  • Bring talented musicians and performers to the community
    to educate and entertain
  • Instill a life-long love of the arts to our students and community

RCM is a not-for-profit organization under the 501 (c) (3) tax law.

image/svg+xml 1956 1959 1963 1974 1961 Edward & Janet Simons, two life-long musicians, open the Community Music School of Spring Valley in an old firehouse to fill the need for quality music instruction in the community. Four musicians make up the faculty, teaching strings and piano one afternoon per week and one evening per month. Incorporated and chartered by the Board of Regents of State of New York, officially making us a not-for-profit entity. Inauguration of Scholarship Fund, with concerts given in order to make lessons available to families in need. New York State Council on the Arts awards arenewable grant for scholarships for students of color, which is still applied for and successfullyawarded at its highest level ever in 2018 - 2020. Accepted as a full-member of the NationalGuild of Community Arts Education,cementing us as a cultural hub for musiceducation in Rockland County. image/svg+xml 1989 2000 2010 1995 The Community Music School of SpringValley officially changes its name to theRockland Conservatory of Music. Growth and expansion lead to newquarters in Rockland County wherewe thrive for over 15 years. Music Therapy program benefiting mentallyand physically challenged adults from ARC ofRockland and Venture is initiated throughcorporate and foundation support. After renting for 56 years, we purchase and renovatea beautiful, convenient and spacious home of ourvery own at 45 South Main Street in Pearl River, NY image/svg+xml 2011 2013 2017 2012 The Overtures Concert Series is inaugurated, bringingworld class talent to Simons Hall with music rangingfrom World Music to Jazz, to Bluegrass to Classical. RCM’s largest single donation – $100,000 – kick-startsthe school’s Capital Campaign helping to establish firm financial ground to grow for years to come. The Royal Conservatory Music Development Programnames RCM a Founding School, an honor onlybestowed on quality musical educational institutions. Seventy students receive over $45,000 in tuition assistance,continuing the Conservatory’s history of never turningaway students for an inability to pay full tuition
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image/svg+xml 1956 1963 1974 1989 1995 2000 2010 2011 2012 2013 1961 1959 2017 Edward & Janet Simons, two life-long musicians, open the Community Music School of Spring Valley in an old firehouse to fill the need for quality music instruction in the community. Four musicians make up the faculty, teaching strings and piano one afternoon per week and one evening per month. Incorporated and chartered by the Board of Regents of State of New York, officially making us a not-for-profit entity. Inauguration of Scholarship Fund, with concerts given in order to make lessons available to families in need. New York State Council on the Arts awards arenewable grant for scholarships for students of color, which is still applied for and successfullyawarded at its highest level ever in 2018 - 2020. Accepted as a full-member of the NationalGuild of Community Arts Education,cementing us as a cultural hub for music education in Rockland County. The Community Music School of Spring Valley officially changes its name to theRockland Conservatory of Music. Growth and expansion lead to newquarters in Rockland County wherewe thrive for over 15 years. Music Therapy program benefiting mentallyand physically challenged adults from ARC of Rockland and Venture is initiated through corporate and foundation support. After renting for 56 years, we purchase and renovate a beautiful, convenient and spacious home of ourvery own at 45 South Main Street in Pearl River, NY The Overtures Concert Series is inaugurated, bringing world class talent to Simons Hall with music rangingfrom World Music to Jazz, to Bluegrass to Classical. RCM’s largest single donation – $100,000 – kick-starts the school’s Capital Campaign helping to establish firm financial ground to grow for years to come. The Royal Conservatory Music Development Programnames RCM a Founding School, an honor only bestowed on quality musical educational institutions. Seventy students receive over $45,000 in tuition assistance,continuing the Conservatory’s history of never turningaway students for an inability to pay full tuition