Founded in 1999 by a team of music educators, researchers and administrators from the New England Conservatory of Music, the Conservatory Lab School was established to discover the effects of music on children’s social and cognitive development.
The mission of Conservatory Lab is to help all students achieve academic, creative, and social success by providing a music-infused curriculum, an opportunity to become educated music listeners, and music performers.
The Conservatory Lab has an extraordinary faculty comprised of talented and dedicated classroom teachers, musician-educators, math and reading specialists with aides and special education instructors who all work together as a team to create, build and evaluate curricular units, experiential learning opportunities and assessments. Overall, there are thirty-six education, music and administrative professionals dedicated to fulfilling the school’s mission and providing excellence in education to the students of the school.
In the 2010-2011 school year the Conservatory Lab took a giant step forward to build on its success in music education and deepen its impact on students by extending the school day from 2:30 to 5:30 pm and implementing El Sistema, an intensive, ensemble-focused music education program designed to effect social change and nurture promising futures for underserved communities.
Since its implementation, El Sistema has become a defining force in our school culture, significantly increasing our students musical and individual skill development, and contributing to their excitement for school and learning overall.