Omaha Conservatory of Music offers a system of graduations and awards to recognize students' progress and achievements, to motivate them, and to build a culture of excellence. By celebrating students' accomplishments within the graduation and awards system, OCoM's artist-faculty encourages them and helps them to recognize their own progress. The graduation and awards system is designed to build on all three of the core intrinsic motivators identified by researchers Richard Ryan and Edward Deci: connectedness, competence, and autonomy. First, having a set of common goals and being recognized in front of their peers strengthens students' sense of connectedness. Then, by achieving clearly defined goals of excellence and having their work honored, students recognize their growing competence as musicians. Finally, students have an opportunity to express their autonomy within the system by moving at their own pace, choosing which goals to pursue or not to pursue, and choosing their repertoire within each goal. The only means of reaching their goals is the autonomous work that they do. The system encourages students to strive for excellence by building their skills through pedagogically sequenced graduation levels and working toward specialized achievement awards. It defines what excellence is and establishes a high standard of performing within the school.
If the student is enrolled for individual lesson tuition and wants extra time with their teacher, they simply need to fill out an official inquiry for either bundle option found on our website on the Summer Bundles page. They will then be invoiced and added to the special lesson bundle class where teachers will take attendance.
If the student is new to OCoM, they simply need to fill out the form on the Summer Bundles page. They will be matched with a teacher and will be sent a link in order to fill out an official application so that an account is created. They will then be invoiced and added to the special lesson bundle class where teachers will take attendance.
No. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Another invoice will be sent out by Admissions (and you will be notified) within a few business days.
They are considered as a new student. In order to be matched with a teacher, they will need to fill out an official inquiry found on our website under Individual Lessons.
Follow the Re-enrollment Packet process for the first individual lesson in the Student Info section. At the bottom of the page, please add any additional individual lesson instrument requests in the Additional Notes box. Please include the instrument, teacher, and lesson length.
Students may purchase coachings by filling out an official inquiry found on our website by clicking on Get Started! Coachings cost more per hour due to the flexibility required. They are not intended to be used long-term, and if a student misses, the teacher is expected to make them up.
A named scholarship at Omaha Conservatory of Music for one year is established with a contribution of $2,500 and maintained by an annual contribution in that amount. This sum is distributed among two to three students based on merit; each is designated a (Name) Scholar.
An awards committee, chaired by the Conservatory's Executive Director, Ruth Meints, is convened every June. Members of the committee include artist-teachers experienced in the scholarship determination process and OCM Board members. The committee reviews essays written by scholarship applicants, hears their auditions, and interviews them. A group is then chosen to receive needs-based scholarship awards. Selected members of this group are then awarded additional merit awards and are designated as Named Scholars.
The biography of the individual(s) — or history of the organization for which the scholarship is named — is published in each awards program. The named scholarship and the names of the donors and recipients also appear in all Conservatory programs and publications. To express their gratitude, recipients of Named Scholarships will be available to perform a private recital for the donor and guests so that the recipients may express their gratitude, and the inspiring results of the donor's generosity may be experienced first-hand.
Yes. You can establish a named scholarship for longer than a year but less than forever.
The Conservatory will take into consideration a donor's wishes regarding the talents, qualifications, and interests of recipients. As named scholarships are awarded on a merit basis, it cannot be guaranteed that the most deserving students will have those qualifications. What can be guaranteed in each recipient are outstanding, demonstrated personal and artistic qualities that make that student a highly qualified recipient.
Call our Development Director, Mark Kresl, at (402) 932-4978. Mark will answer any questions you may have and set up a meeting with a Conservatory board member and/or Named Scholarship donor for further discussion.