In 1956, RCM opened its doors to anyone - any age, skill-level or financial ability - with a desire to play, learn and find joy through music. Thanks to our patrons, supporters and talented professional staff, we've grown to be a vibrant community center for music instruction, culture and entertainment.


Our Vision:

• Offer tuition assistance to qualifying low-income students

• Bring talented musicians and performers to the community
   to educate and entertain

• Instill a life-long love of the arts to our students and community


RCM is a not-for-profit organization under the 501 (c) (3) tax law.


Incorporated and chartered by the Board of Regents of State of New York, officially making us a not-for-profit entity.



New York State Council on the Arts awards a renewable grant for scholarships for students of color, which is still applied for and successfully awarded at its highest level ever in 2018 - 2020.


Edward & Janet Simons, two life-long musicians, open the Community Music School of Spring Valley in an old firehouse to fill the need for quality music instruction in the community. Four musicians make up the faculty, teaching strings and piano one afternoon per week and one evening per month.


Inauguration of Scholarship Fund, with concerts given in order to make lessons available to families in need.


Accepted as a full-member of the National Guild of Community Arts Education, cementing us as a cultural hub for music education in Rockland County.


Monday - Thurs 10 - 9

Friday 10 - 2:30

Saturday 8:30 - 4:00

In-person lessons to resume on Monday, September 14

on a limited basis and with modifications as per NYS guidance.

On-line lessons continue to be available.


© 2019 by Rockland Conservatory of Music. All photography courtesy of Joe Gessner