Our Story . . .
Hearing a need from the local community for access to affordable and high quality music lessons, Azusa Pacific University's School of Music and Center for Academic Service-Learning and Research came together to envision a program to help serve local students, and in 2002 created the Azusa Conservatory of Music. The original program was staffed by a wonderful group of volunteers, and housed in a local church where instructors gave private lessons to students. As the program grew, additional classes such as musicianship and ensembles such as the children's choir were added, leading the Conservatory to quickly outgrow its home, and in 2004 the program moved to its current home in the Warren Music Center at Azusa Pacific University.
Today the Azusa Conservatory provides musical training to over 100 students each year from the city of Azusa and other surrounding communities in the San Gabriel Valley. Through our large catalog of classes, including private lessons on all instruments, comprehensive vocal and guitar programs which combine private lessons, musicianship skills, and performance ensembles, music technology classes, summer camps, and more, we have programs for all ages and ability levels. Our instructors come from the talented ranks of music majors and graduate students at Azusa Pacific University who donate their time each week to work with local students, as well as local professional teachers with a love of our students and community.
With vision and leadership from Dr. Alexander Koops (director) and Professor Jeff Williams (associate director) from APU's School of Music, the Azusa Conservatory has been invited to speak at events such as the 2010 Conference of the Urban Affairs Association and the Campus Compact Conference in 2011. The Conservatory won a grant from the TELACU Foundation in 2010 which provided funding for equipment that has allowed the organization to serve an increasing number of students. We belong the National Guild for Community Arts Education, and encourage collaboration and support between local arts organizations, church programs, and the public schools.
Please take a moment to learn about our wonderful faculty and staff, and to hear what others have had to say about our program.