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Why Village Youth Conservatory?

Top Instructors from Juilliard, NEC, and Yale

Our unique combination of Customized Music Lessons, World-Class Faculty, and Nurturing Musical Community produces lasting and remarkable student outcomes.

Our students have earned countless accolades, such as performing at Carnegie Hall, placing in the highest levels of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, New England Conservatory Preparatory Orchestras, earning top prizes in the "Music-Fest" competition, and more. 

Customized Approach

World-Class Faculty from Juilliard, NEC, & Yale

Nurturing Musical Community

Our mission is to teach students to "learn how to learn". This doesn't just mean practicing and taking notes, but also includes learning to think critically, ask crucial questions, and discover the necessity of persistence, patience and self-reliance. The lessons in our classrooms extend far beyond the concert hall, and well into the modern world, regardless of field, background and culture. 

With degrees from Juilliard, New England Conservatory, Yale and Berklee, all of our Faculty are trained from top programs across the country and come with richly diverse teaching experiences. As a result, we are uniquely positioned to help our students to not only make better music, but to also understand the "why" behind our development processes more deeply.  

In addition to private lessons, VYCo ensures that students have ample opportunities to share their growth through regular complimentary group events (e.g., Studio Classes, Recitals, etc.). Here, students learn to present, self-reflect and communicate with peers in a safe and friendly environment, share common new experiences and interests, and form friendships along the way.


Image by Stefany Andrade

After training from Juilliard, Yale and other top music conservatories and programs in the world, violinist Celia Zhang moved to Boston and came back to her first true love - sharing the process of making and loving music. She has gained a reputation not only for teaching with strong results, but also creating a process that makes students want to pursue more - accompanied with humor, a firm attitude and the occasional eccentricities. 

Jianwei Dong

Our piano student



Village Youth Conservatory (VYCo) originated from my home violin studio in Newton (just down the road!) where students began coming around for weekly lessons since 2017. Over the years, as more and more students began to progress, I couldn't help but notice how much chamber music and exposure to other instruments would enrich my students' experiences even more. I dreamt of creating a "school" of my own to bring together more camaraderie and "straight-up musical fun" while incorporating growth mindset mentality through instrumental music.  Beginning January 2022, this dream is slowly becoming a reality. We hope you enjoy your time here and come along with us for the ride! 

- Celia  Zhang (Director)

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