We strongly believe in "Growth Mindset" - the concept that a person can continuously develop their talents and interests through the virtues of hard work, good strategies and feedback, versus having a "Fixed Mindset" (i.e. relying on innate gifts). This, when combined with tailoring lesson strategies towards one's specific needs, leads to lasting results.
With degrees from Juilliard, 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. Ultimately, our students learn how to learn, enabling them to become their own teacher.
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.
Where It All Began
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)