INTRODUCING THE MCMA

Beginnings

It works at Juilliard, MIT, and the London School of Economics. And since 1984, when the Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts (MCMA) opened its doors, it’s worked in Winnipeg.

Students of all ages flourish in environments where shared values and common interest gives them community.

Today, the MCMA is Manitoba’s premier institution of musical learning; a community of musicians, for musicians, by musicians, (our founders were all musicians) — achieving a higher level of musical instruction because the instructors, students and staff are all infused with the passion and discipline, joy and camaraderie of music.

A Faculty of Professional Musicians

Every one of our 70+ instructors is highly qualified to teach music, with a majority holding Bachelor degrees, many with Masters degrees and a few with Doctorate degrees. They consider themselves musician/teachers — professional musicians who teach. They have that passion to perform and they bring that ethos to every lesson and ensemble.

Engaging Modern Students

Today’s students have a lot of options. The Conservatory’s high achievement rate is the result of a professional faculty engaging today’s students in a facility designed to build musical focus and community.

There is no substitute for diligent work, but, development happens best when the musical journey is:

  • Positive at every turn
  • Fun at every level
  • Achieved with friends

A Musical Community

Is the Conservatory a place for academics? Yes. Absolutely. History and theory are the bones of the musical discipline, and a part of every course taught at the MCMA. But the learning is easier when the heart leads and the interest is deep.

Brick and Mortar

The Conservatory is located at the University of Winnipeg in Bryce Hall, 515 Portage Avenue. It’s accessible from all over the city by transit and car and has lots of public parking nearby. With more than 20 pianos and keyboards, 12 studios and performance halls — it’s the musical hub that 1,200 registrations and over 70 faculty members call home.

We also have a branch providing individual instruction at the Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre. (304 – 2nd Street in Steinbach)

Hanging Out

Students are encouraged to drop in anytime to practice or jam in any open room. (Even though we have 12 of them, it helps to call ahead.)