Last month, I had the privilege of speaking at the Music Academy Success 2019 conference. This is an international organization of professionals from over 200 different music schools who want to share their ideas about how to make the school experience better for everyone. The United Conservatory of Music joined Music Academy Success only a year ago, and this year, we were a finalist for their School of the Year award.
Being invited to speak at the conference and share the UCM story was a real honor. The environment of joy and positive energy we cultivate truly makes a difference. Since becoming director, I’ve worked with my staff to create an atmosphere that encourages the success of our students.
I love playing the violin and cannot imagine my life without music, but as a child, learning to play wasn’t always easy. Our lesson structure is built around keeping the interest in music and the passion to keep playing alive in our students, even when they struggle. That’s why we offer such a wide range of instruments to learn and why we use the Musical Ladder structure. We want to see our students thrive.
In addition to setting our students up for success, UCM is always striving to improve customer experience and employee satisfaction. I want the staff to feel effective in the work they do, and I want our teachers to be happy and get what they need to succeed. I know a lot of our teachers are eager to pursue a steady career in music. Before coming on with UCM, a few of our teachers were working minimum wage at Starbucks or Target. I’m proud that we’re able to help so many talented musicians do what they love: instilling a love of music in the next generation.
Our mission to constantly improve means that we often experience changes. We’ve recently started an Instagram account for parents and students to follow and stay updated about everything going on at UCM. There you’ll be able to find information on the school schedule and upcoming events, student showcases, and new ideas.
We still plan to post on Facebook and send our monthly newsletter; the Instagram account is another avenue for us to communicate with everyone and keep you connected to UCM. If you use Instagram, find us by searching “UnitedConservatory.” There are already a lot of great pictures, and I’m excited to show off our students’ successes.
When UCA first joined Music Academy Success, my goal was to learn from other schools how to make UCM even better. A year ago, I never imagined those schools would turn to us for advice and guidance so quickly. It reflects on all we’ve been able to achieve in such a short amount of time. It gives me a lot of joy, and I look forward to what we will accomplish as we grow into the future.