It has been proven that students flourish in environments where shared values and common interest gives them a sense of community.
This concept works at Juilliard, MIT, and the London School of Economics. And since 1984, when the Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts (MCMA) was founded by a group of musicians, it has worked in Winnipeg.
A Community of Musicians
Not only was the MCMA founded by musicians, it remains a community of musicians, for musicians, by musicians. That’s what sets us apart; the passion, discipline, joy and camaraderie that come from our instructors, students and staff – all of whom are all infused with the sheer love of music.
Our Instructors are Musicians, Too!
We know that passion alone is not enough. That’s why every one of our 70+ instructors is highly qualified to teach music. A majority holds Bachelor Degrees; many possess Masters Degrees and some have earned Doctorate Degrees.
Our instructors consider themselves musician/teachers — professional musicians who teach. Their passion is undeniable and they bring that enthusiasm to every lesson and ensemble.
So what does that make the Conservatory? Is it a place for academics? Or is it a community of passionate, like-minded individuals who love music? The fact is, it’s both! While history and theory are the bones of the musical discipline and part of every course taught at the MCMA, we truly believe that learning is easier when the heart leads and the passion is deep.
Engaging Modern Students
Today’s students have a lot of options. The Conservatory’s high achievement rate is the result of a professional faculty that engages students in a facility designed to build musical focus and community.
As part of our musical community, students are encouraged to drop in anytime to practice or jam in any open room. Just try to call ahead, because even though we have 12 of those rooms they may all be in use.
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 plus performance halls, it’s the musical hub that 1,200 registrations and over 70 faculty members call home.