Reviews

Past and present  students and parents share their experience at the Conservatory, and its effect on their lives.

  
Victoria Torres
      

Songrwriter and Audio Engineer in Nashville

I attended the El Paso Conservatory of Music the very first year they opened all throughout high school. Those four years laid down a solid foundation for me in music. I took weekend classes as well as private piano, voice, and french horn lessons there and I excelled thanks to them. I still continue to play and sing and I use what they taught me on an everyday basis. I am an audio engineer and song writer in Nashville now, and all the lessons of dictation, theory, and musicality play a role in my recording and creating of music. I could not imagine where I would be without those lessons, I am truly grateful I was able to experience it. I would highly recommend the El Paso Conservatory of Music to anyone who is serious about being a musician, no matter what their musical goal is at the end.

Larisa Lopez

attending AMDA

American Music and Drama Academy

I really enjoyed my time at the conservatory. The teachers are kind, intelligent, working performers who know how to talk to their students. They understand that learning new techniques is hard and sometimes frustrating, so they use that understanding to encourage students to keep pushing on. As for the students, everyone attending the conservatory is ready to learn. Students come to class prepared, focused, and behave professionally (even the younger students). The atmosphere in the classroom is that of a warm, supportive place. Everyone is excited to perform, or learn the next chapter, or just to see each other. The variety the conservatory offers is great. They offer numerous performance classes, but they also offer what I call technical classes...music theory, composition, sight-reading, etc. By learning about how the songs were made and all the work and thought that was put into each word choice, note, rest, and rhythm, my performances became easier because I knew what I was singing about. Now that I'm in college, I realize exactly how much I've learned from the conservatory. I can look at a song and figure out the rhythms, the basic melody, and even play my part on the piano if I ever struggle with a phrase. I don't fear trying songs in any language, or style. Even at times when I come across a song that makes me nervous, I know that I have the skills to sit down and analyze exactly what's going on so that I can understand what I need to do. Thank you El Paso Conservatory of Music for everything that you have and will continue to teach me.

Caleb Vinson

Pre-Law student at Americas University in Washington, DC

 

My son Caleb started attending the El Paso Conservatory of Music when he was in the eighth grade. Prentice Loftin inverviewed him and astutely recommended Dr. Zeke Meza as a teacher - the result was immediate, profound, and ultimately magical. Zeke is a passionate and complex artist who is also a wonderfully passionate and intuitive teacher. Under Zeke's tutelage Caleb progressed rapidly to acquire a repertoire that reflects his own spirit - great bold classical and romantic works that he loves and will take with him always. Zeke pushed him hard but also nurtured the boy inside the budding pianist. My thanks also goes to Prentice and Yvonne (and all the Saturday Conservatory teachers) for their musical inspiration, their professional savvy, and their personal support as they guided Caleb over the years, giving him first-hand insight into the ups and downs of a professional career. Although Caleb will not pursue a career in music, he continues to play in college and will always be a musician. At the Conservatory, he added respect and understanding to his love of music - and these are gifts he will carry through his life.     Mila Vinson for the Vinson Family

Natalie Cottrell

attending AMDA

American Music and Drama Academy

My daughter started attending EPCOM when she was in the 8th grade. We were looking for a Music Program that would 1) provide music experts that would help our daughter reach her full potential, 2) would work hand in hand with us to make sure that our daughter would be able to get into the college of her choice when she graduated and 3) provide a highly disciplined, BUT family oriented environment so that our daughter would feel at home while she was working hard. Mr. Prentice Loftin and Mrs. Yvonne Marmalejo (as well as the other EPCOM staff) exceeded all of our expectations. We will be eternally grateful for everything they did for my daughter. She is currently starting her Sophomore Year at a Music Theatre Program in Los Angeles and has on many occasions reported to my wife and I that she would not have been prepared without the training that she received at EPCOM. Randy Cottrell for the Cottrell Family

Walter Bueno

Third year student from Mexico

It´s a place of excellence for learning music. Teachers, teaching tools, classrooms, every person and everything you find there is professional for the complete musical training. My personal experience has been great I have been able to sing in other places beacuse of the knowledge acquired with Mr. Loftin. In this moment they have very young students prepared to succeed I have huge gratitude for all the people of El Paso Conservatory of Music.

Donna Holshouser Stinson

I decided to take voice lessons (first ever) at the Conservatory, shortly after moving to El Paso. I have now been taking them for nearly two seasons, and the experience has been wonderful! (Humbling, but wonderful.) The management and teachers have been supportive and professional. Their passion for music and for the community shines through.

Eric Quezada

Great school for anyone wanting to learn music whether your a beginning student or a student with experience. The teachers here are very experienced and care about the progress of the students. They have very young students who have won and placed in competitions and have been accepted to study at prestigious universities and conservatories.

Christian Martin

Pursuing Politics

 

I was enrolled at the El Paso Conservatory of Music for four years. El Paso Conservatory of Music has the best teachers, great learning environment, friendly staff and students. If you are serious about singing, playing the piano, drums, guitar, or music in general, this is the best place to learn and build on your talents