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“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.”
– Mark Van Doren

We’ve been around since 1971, quietly yet passionately teaching students of all ages to play the piano through reading music. A pioneer in the industry as one of the only and largest piano-specific conservatories in the country, The Conservatory has honed our methodology by successfully teaching over 10,000 students in our history, and we have a great time doing it. With two Columbus locations, we are proud of the contributions we make to music education and the arts. We strive to make piano lessons a fulfilling, enriching and lasting part of our students’ development.

While we take our responsibilities seriously, we never take ourselves too seriously. We like to have fun and we like our students to have fun with us. We’re always light-spirited and up for a good laugh. Visit our facebook page for a glimpse of our shenanigans.

we give back

We believe it’s so important to give back to our community and help children value the importance of service. You can find us at local festivals (yearly sponsoring the Dublin Irish Festival), participating in the 10TV Big Toy Drive, sponsoring The Salvation Army LemonAID stands and annually sponsoring The Conservatory of Piano’s Christmas Festival of Giving to benefit the Salvation Army of Central Ohio. Our students, faculty, and staff take pride in the help our efforts provide to those in need in central Ohio.

“We’re in it for the long haul. There are no shortcuts in proper education and doing it right is not easy, but it should be fun. We know fun.”

william l. van sickle

director of education, the conservatory of piano, inc