SOUTH SHORE CONSERVATORY

Making Music Changing Lives

aka South Shore Conservatory   |   Hingham, MA   |  https://sscmusic.org/

Mission

To provide access to exceptional arts education and performance for the South Shore community, fostering creativity, artistic growth, and well-being for individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.

Ruling year info

1971

president

Kathy Czerny

Main address

One Conservatory Drive

Hingham, MA 02043 USA

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EIN

04-2470761

NTEE code info

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

SSC provides access to the life-changing benefits of music and the arts to everyone living within the region. With over 100 professional educators on faculty, as well as board-certified music and dance therapists, SSC helps individuals reach their full potential through exceptional music and arts education. These services are provided regardless of age, ability, location, or financial means. Music reminds us of our shared humanity—how we are the same rather than how we are different. Through our programs, we address issues of social need and social justice, build community, tear down barriers, and heal wounds, both physical and emotional. Our music and arts therapies programs range from early intervention to memory care, serving people of all ages. Music and the arts are a basic need, a way to make sense of our lives, express feelings when we have no words, and understand things with our hearts when we can't with our minds. Music and the arts ignite our creativity and bring us joy.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

ImagineARTS, an Arts-integrated Literacy Residency

The ImagineARTS Residency partners with local school districts to strengthen kindergarten students' pre-literacy skills, such as sequencing, rhyming, and re-telling, through weekly arts-integrated literacy instruction and professional development for classroom teachers. Additionally, the program serves as a bridge to reading and the arts for families.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The ultimate goal of South Shore Conservatory is to make the benefits of hands-on experiential arts education and activities available to the entire South Shore of Massachusetts in order to build thoughtful citizens, a strong community, and a cooperative nation. By providing the highest quality instruction in music and the related arts, SSC brings the joy and beauty of music to the region.

SSC’s broad range of programs, taught by highly credentialed and dedicated faculty, help students achieve artistic, educational, and social goals. We deliver our services to people of all ages, abilities, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Dedicated to providing access to exceptional music education, arts therapies, and performances for all South Shore residents, SSC has just added a third campus in order to reach a broader and more diverse section of the region’s population. This campus is near the South Shore’s main artery (Route 3) and houses a state-of-the-art Creative Arts Therapies Center, as well as studios and classrooms for traditional group instruction.

In addition, we look to bolster our partnership programs with social service agencies, health providers, memory care facilities, and public schools by building on the strengths of each organization. Expanding these partnerships will enable us to provide new ways of helping vulnerable populations, including underserved or at-risk youth, adults living with Alzheimer’s or dementia, infants and children with developmental delays, and those on the autism spectrum.

SSC continues to expand access to programs and lessons beyond its existing campuses. A partnership with the well-respected South Shore YMCA, located in Hanover, MA, has SSC providing all of the programming at their satellite Laura’s Center for the Arts. This space has considerably expanded SSC’s ability to provide free public concerts as well as accessible space for Creative Arts Therapies’ Community Voices and Parkinson’s Chorus. Additionally, SSC has grown outreach in Brockton through the Old Colony Y, ImagineARTS (the flagship Community Partnerships program), and throughout the South Shore at Senior Centers with programming like Ukulele groups and Shake Your Soul.

While focused on securing unrestricted funds for all SSC operations, SSC remains committed to growing capital resources to sustain our facilities, increase financial aid, support faculty, and encourage innovative programming.

SSC has developed strong partnerships over the past decade and sees this as a way to continually broaden the populations we serve and increase our positive impact on South Shore communities. In addition to the partnerships detailed with the South Shore YMCA and Old Colony Y, SSC maintains incredible partnerships with housing authorities, senior centers, public schools, memory-care facilities, early intervention programs, social service agencies, and national associations, such as the Alzheimer’s Association. All of these partnerships have helped us to reach thousands of individuals of all ages with innovative individual and group programming.

With a fifty-year reputation for excellence, SSC is the largest community school for the arts in New England and serves over 4,500 individuals through outstanding music instruction and experiential learning. More than one hundred exceptional, highly trained faculty members and arts therapists offer lessons, classes, mentoring, and arts therapy on campus and through our many partnerships programs.

We have an evaluation process that demonstrates our success, a broad and deep infrastructure, and the ability to serve people of all ages and with all needs: ages 0 to 102 years, from group classes to individual lessons, through choirs, orchestras, rock bands, dance, art therapies, and many other modes.

Our Boards, comprising a Board of Trustees (fiduciary board) and a Board of Overseers, made up of key stakeholders, community leaders, parents, and business leaders, assure strong governance and serve as key connections to our communities.

Our administrators bring decades of experience to the field, and our faculty are degreed, professional musicians and educators. SSC’s retainment of its talented professionals, with more than 60% having served on faculty for fifteen years or more, speaks to the consistency and strength of our organization. A shared teaching philosophy, developed collaboratively and launched in September 2015, ensures that students and faculty alike approach teaching and learning with a growth mindset. This philosophy also serves as the guide for the development of new programs and partnerships throughout the South Shore community.

SSC is moving steadily toward its long-term goal of providing greater access to the lifelong benefits of music and arts education for everyone within our region. Programs and lessons are designed to reach people of all ages and abilities. The quick pivot, during the COVID-19 crisis, has opened up new opportunities using remote and online tools to reach people as well.

SSC’s partnership with the South Shore YMCA as well as the rapid growth of online and video programs, enables SSC to serve the entire South Shore in a new way, and also brings greater awareness of the diversity of programming and the people we serve to the region. Fostering greater awareness of SSC’s offerings will take several years as we establish best practices, solidify partnerships, engage the broader community, and grow our student and donor base.

Financials

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SOUTH SHORE CONSERVATORY

Board of directors
as of 04/17/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Derek Spence

Striker Partners

Term: 2007 - 2021

David W. Bryan

Mara Calame

Jane Carr

Barbara Clifford

Fred Clifford

Motoko Deane

Mary Foley

William Gagnon

Ronald Goldberg

William Haney

Timothy Horan

Sherman Hoyt

Erin Hull

Gerald Jones

Daniel Kingsbury

Carolyn Loughlin

Donald Massa

Richard Morse

Nancy Oddleifson

Thomas O'Donnell

Michael Puzo

Joseph Salah

Kathy Skillman

Derek Spence