From our Founder

Welcome to The National Conservatory of Arts—a community music school founded by pianist Jacqueline Banks and in alliance with New Sewell Conservatory of Music and Dance, which was founded by concert pianist Gladys S. Sewell in 1952 and is under the resounding leadership of the generous Mr. Harlan Jones. The School’s faculty and staff’s mission is to cultivate the musical potential in each student and foster a sense of musicianship and artistry. Whether you are beginning your musical journey, continuing a devoted practice and study, or rekindling a passion, we want to inspire your lifelong participation in music.

Toward this end, the School offers varied and comprehensive opportunities to guide your study including: music for infants, music and art classes for young children, individual and group lessons for instrumentalists and singers of all ages, ensemble and performance opportunities, the high school certificate program, adult chamber music workshops, and evening and weekend concerts. Explore the offerings outlined in the pages that follow. Each is designed with the individual in mind, and each promotes musical growth—the development of knowledge, skills, and expressivity—within a vibrant, caring, and engaging school culture.

We are pleased to provide program advisement. Come join us for a joyful and enriching year of music making at the National Conservatory of Arts.

Jacqueline C. Banks, NCA Founder & Executive Director