One of the nation's oldest music schools, the Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music was founded in 1897 and was originally located in the opera house now belonging to the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The conservatory now has two facilities in Brooklyn and one in Flushing, Queens where a full schedule of free and low-cost concerts, lectures and musical instruction to everyone regardless of age or experience are offered.

Enrolled students study jazz, piano, voice, orchestral instruments, theory or composition toward either a two-year or a four-year diploma.

A small landscaped garden in the back of the brownstone building includes benches.


Conservatory students study jazz, piano, voice, orchestral instruments, theory and composition. Students may choose to study in one of several divisions, including the Pre-School, Classical and Jazz divisions. In 1988, the conservatory created its Music Partners program to provide superior educational programs to New York public schools and youth and senior centers in both Brooklyn and Queens. Currently, twenty-one outreach programs are taught by conservatory faculty to approximately 3,000 children and seniors annually.


In addition to its lessons and classes on-site, the conservatory offers programming that travels to the public schools. These include instruction in string ensemble, band, choir, music therapy, recorder ensemble and PreK to 2nd grade music and movement classes.

School Program Location: At facility and at schools & other locations
School Season: Sept-June
School Admission: Varies