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Enjoy the South Shore's Art Scene at the South Shore Conservatory

By Terence Rogers

Previously serving as a satellite preparatory program run by the New England Conservatory of Music, the South Shore Conservatory was incorporated in 1970 as a non-degree granting community music school in Hingham. Considered the largest community school for the arts in Massachusetts, it is now currently serving more than 3,500 students between its campuses in Hingham and Duxbury including numerous towns like Quincy, Milton, Braintree, Weymouth, Hingham, Hull, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Marshfield, Duxbury, Kingston, Hanover, Pembroke, Rockland, Plymouth, Abington, East Bridgewater, Carver, Hanson, Somerset, Brockton, and Falmouth.

Providing Access to Quality Education

Ever since its inception, South Shore Conservatory has remained focused and committed in its advocacy to provide access to quality education in the arts with their passionate belief that the arts are vital to and an innate part of living life to the fullest.

South Shore's PR and Media Relations Chief Spokesperson Michelle McGrath explained, "At South Shore Conservatory, bringing people together through the arts is our passion. For more than forty years we have inspired people on the south shore and beyond to embrace music, drama and dance. From the youngest students in our children's music classes and arts-based preschool and kindergarten to students of all ages enrolled in individual music lessons or ensembles, we have something for everyone."

In its fervent pursuit to fulfill this mission, the Community Partnership program began in 1999 to provide a wider access to performing arts instruction and performances in partnership with schools, social service agencies, community centers, and other organizations around the South Shore region.

Today, the conservatory is home to more than 3,500 students who actively participate in more than 50 programs including individual lessons in most instruments and voice, monthly recital and concert opportunities, drama workshops, a preschool and full-day kindergarten centered on arts, and a never-ending list of performing opportunities with numerous musical ensembles and a new youth orchestra.

"In the last couple of years, the Conservatory has increased its commitment to students with financial need or from low-income communities; students who attend schools that have cut the arts from their budgets; and special needs students of all ages and abilities, for whom the benefits of creative arts therapy can be life-changing. We are constantly looking for opportunities to work with schools and other organizations to address specific needs within the community. For those whose interest in the arts is from the standpoint of an audience member, hundreds of performances are sponsored and put on by the Conservatory throughout the entire year. There's truly something here for everyone," McGrath added.

Centering on the Local Youth

The diverse faculty of mentors and musicians of South Shore Conservatory are all committed to enhancing the musical knowledge of every student to their fullest level and helping them achieve the highest that they can in terms of performing excellence.

The South Shore Conservatory curricula thus includes lessons and activities covering music history, music theory, compositions, workshops that encourage the development of vital performance skills, and a solid background on all styles of music. All these are readily available for any student eager to learn more about music.

The South Shore Conservatory's quality of instruction, supportive relationship among students and teachers, and performance opportunities make great avenues for interesting learning for the students. Students therefore learn how to compose their own music through the help of the instructors, and many are chosen for Southeastern District and All-State festivals.

SSC is among the founding members of the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program that sets the recognized national benchmark of musical success by providing a course of study that is effectively sequenced from beginner phase to advanced levels of musical learning.

Showcasing the Students' Talents and Potentials

In South Shore Conservatory, performance is one of the critical elements that completes arts education and is therefore vital to the schools success in realizing its mission. Students are given an extensive array of opportunities that help showcase their talents throughout the school year and even during summer; these include the regular ensemble participation, recitals, competitions, intensive summer arts programs, an annual 3-day long Performathon, Open Mic sessions, Monster Jams, and departmental events and recitals.

Both campuses have performance halls for most of these activities plus a state-of-the-art amphitheater that is conducive for use during those warm summer months. On some occasions, students go off campus for various performances at venues like Duxbury Performing Art Center (PAC), and with the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra at Memorial Hall in Plymouth.

Last year, South Shore Conservatory's Pure Treble and Pure Harmony chorus students made a grand performance with the African Children's Choir at the PAC, and on April of this year, they will perform again at the Plymouth High School Performing Art Center. Duxbury Music Festival students perform at a number of venues including the Ellison Center for the Arts, the Duxbury Performing Arts Center, and the Duxbury Town Green.

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