History and Mission: The Rockland Conservatory of Music (RCM) has been fulfilling its mission since 1956 by providing quality, professional music instruction at reasonable rates, to students of all ages and levels, regardless of ethnic, religious or financial background. Violinist and violist, Edward and Janet Simons began the school to fill the need for quality music instruction within the schools and community at large.
RCM is a community music school with open enrollment, meaning that anyone who has the desire can come to study. Incorporated in 1959 and chartered by the Board of Regents of the State University of New York, it is a not-for-profit organization under the 501(c)(3) tax law. The National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts accepted the Conservatory as a full member in 1974. With a current enrollment of 550 students, RCM is a cultural hub for music education in the ethnically and economically diverse County of Rockland.