Washington Conservatory of Music is dedicated to fostering the joy of music and guiding students of all ages and skill levels to reach their personal musical potential. WCM was established as an independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit community music school in 1984. The school was first accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music Commission on Non-degree Granting Institutions in 1991.
As a nationally accredited community music school, WCM provides students of all ages and skill levels the opportunity to study without audition under the guidance of WCM’s international artist faculty. WCM offers:
- Individual lessons weekly on piano, guitar, voice, all strings, all brass, all woodwind instruments, jazz piano, improvisation, drums, percussion, conducting, and theory
- Classes weekly in guitar, voice, strings, early childhood music, traditional music, and more
- Ensembles for classical, rock, pop, and jazz musicians
- Summer music camps for children at Glen Echo Park
As a public service, WCM sponsors a free community orchestra for adult amateur musicians, which meets weekly throughout the year. Additionally, WCM presents two monthly professional concert series with “give-what-you-can” admission at Westmoreland Circle and Glen Echo Park. Since 1998, WCM has presented over two hundred concerts in the community.
Washington Conservatory of Music’s programs are presented in cooperation with the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture and the National Park Service. WCM is supported in part by funding from the Montgomery County government and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.