About the Conservatory

Omaha Conservatory of Music provides private lessons in violin, viola, cello, bass, piano, guitar, voice, winds, brass, and percussion, as well as conducting, music composition, and theory.

The Conservatory's outstanding artist-faculty challenges and inspires a student body of nearly 700 students through private lessons at its facility at 7023 Cass St. in Omaha, and touches the lives of thousands of others through programs such as String Sprouts, SoundWaves summer institute, our concert series, and off-campus classes.

Our musical community offers a rich variety of classes, interaction with guest artists, ensemble experiences, educational workshops, solo and group performances, and other unique opportunities in collaboration with arts organizations throughout the region.

Our Mission

The Omaha Conservatory of Music is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) school that builds a diverse musical community to enrich lives through education and performance.

Our Philosophy

At the Omaha Conservatory of Music, we believe that passion for learning combined with dedication to excellence can make music a lifelong source of joy and inspiration for our students and families. Our encouraging environment allows students to gain confidence in their musical abilities, learn discipline and mastery, and enjoy music-making with their peers.

The latest brain-based research on how we learn is actively applied to the Conservatory’s teaching philosophy through private lessons and community events that encourage autonomy, competence and relatedness: key factors found by neuroscientists to instill motivation and bolster success (Ryan & Deci, 2000).

Educators have identified the top life skills needed for success in today’s world as creative thinking, goal setting, cooperation, and problem solving. The study of music enriches these skills in such depth that we believe every child should receive a thorough music education, ensuring the most success in whatever career path they may choose.

At the Conservatory, all students will experience music with depth, pursue excellence, and develop in their area of interest. We strive to offer the students a wide range of opportunities that are fun and engaging, and that encourage the entire family to participate in a joyful educational experience.

It is such an exciting prospect to think of the life-changing journey that a person will take as they learn to play an instrument, igniting creativity, making millions of new connections in the left and right hemispheres of the brain, and experiencing the pure joy of music making.

As the director of the Omaha Conservatory of Music, I strive to bring cutting edge research from the field of neuroscience to the individualized music education of each student. The study of music engages the whole person: emotionally, intellectually, and physically. Research has shown that music education also has a significant positive influence on non-musical activities such as speech, attention, memory, reading, and language skills. (Kraus& Chandrasekaran, 2009)

The artist-faculty at the Omaha Conservatory of Music is a group of highly-trained educators from diverse backgrounds who are eager to teach the next generation of young musicians. We offer private instruction, classes, and solo and group performances, as well as the chance to work with guest artists from all over the world. The Omaha Conservatory of Music is an institution of musical excellence. Come be a part of our community!


Ruth Meints

Executive Director

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