Joan Koenig founded L’Ecole Koenig-The American Conservatory in 1986 with a total of 10 students. By the beginning of the following school year, L’Ecole counted 100 enrollments.
L’Ecole Koenig has never ceased developing and expanding its programs. Joan Koenig’s research and innovative work with music and early childhood, along with her talented teaching team, have earned the conservatory a solid reputation in the Parisian community.
Further fruit of this research, the Preschool for Music & Art opened its doors in 2008. The results of the program are exemplary both musically and linguistically. The Preschool for Music & Art, which became the Kindergarten in 2013, is so successful that a second campus was opened in the fall of 2013 and a third was inaugurated in September 2016.
Today, L’Ecole Koenig American Conservatory & Kindergarten comprises 400 students and 300 families.
All the fine arts require personal discipline. Young children develop this naturally if they are carefully guided and encouraged.
High-level professional teaching is especially important at a very young age because children need to be inspired, even entranced.
Human beings are naturally musical, otherwise music would not exist. A child’s ear can and should be developed as early as possible. The benefits of early musical training will remain throughout his or her life.
Although the school has grown and diversified in the past quarter century, Joan Koenig and Betsy Schlesinger, Associate Director, have remained uncompromising about the mission of the school; maintaining the highest quality musical instruction in a warm and encouraging environment.
Today our staff of 26 musicians/teachers welcomes 400 students every year. Our music conservatory and our preschool / kindergarten are international not only because of their student body and staff, but also because of the international perspectives we offer to our students.