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Behind the Notation: Musical Spelling for Composers

How is YOUR musical spelling? Composer and Lucy Moses School faculty member Robinson McClellan and student Zahra Partovi wrestled with a topic that has perplexed musicians for centuries in a recent article on Noteflight.com:

"Have you ever wondered: 'should this note really be a C-sharp, or would it look better as a D-flat? What’s the difference, anyway, and who’s...

Kaufman Campers Host Lemonade Stand to Fight Childhood Cancer

In an effort to join the battle against childhood cancer, a group of 3rd and 4th graders in Kaufman Music Center’s Summer Musical Theater Workshop (SMTW) at Lucy Moses School will host a lemonade stand outside Kaufman Music Center on July 21, 22 and 23, 2014, from 4:30 to 5 pm (129 W. 67th St. between Broadway & Amsterdam). Proceeds will benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand...

Jazz Is A Family Thing: Adult Players Find a Musical Home at Lucy Moses School

Ron Tikofsky hadn't played the clarinet or saxophone seriously for 35 years when he noticed a sign advertising Lucy Moses School's brand new Jazz Program. "I felt I had nothing to lose," he recalls. "Either I'll play so badly that they will throw me out and I’ll sell the horns sitting in my closet, or I’ll play well enough to join a group." Ron aced the audition that...

Recipe for Virtuosity: Profile of a Young Violinist

If you haven't heard of Alice Ivy Pemberton yet, it’s only a matter of time. A student at Kaufman Music Center’s Lucy Moses School since age 8, the 17-year-old violin virtuoso has more competition victories and performances at New York’s most prestigious concert halls under her belt than many successful musicians twice her age. At age 10 she played on NPR’s “From the...

Practice Tips from Violinist Joshua Bell

Violinist Joshua Bell dropped by Kaufman Music Center’s Special Music School last fall for a very special performance and Q&A session. Here’s some advice he gave to the students, who you can be sure were paying close attention!

Practice often!

The more the better. Joshua practices wherever and whenever – at home, in hotels, even at airports between flights.

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Kids Get Jazzed About the Great American Songbook

Move over, Cole Porter! This winter, third graders at P.S. 306 in the Bronx and schools across the city put their own distinctly NYC-centric stamp on classic Johnny Mercer songs like “Moon River,” “Blues in the Night” and “Accentuate the Positive” in songwriting workshops led by Kaufman Music Center teaching artists Jason Robinson, Martin Landry, Angie Gomez, Liz Crone...

Wall Street Journal Spotlights Kaufman Music Center’s Teen Composers

If you somehow missed Kaufman Music Center’s teen new music ensemble Face the Music at the NY PHIL BIENNIAL or Carnegie Hall this spring, or if you didn’t catch them in The New Yorker, The New York Times or on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” don’t worry – they’ll be back in full force next season! In just a few years, Face the Music has exploded from eight students to...

One Year Later… Special Music School High School Hits the High Notes

In New York City’s hyper-competitive educational landscape, choosing the right high school is a very big deal. The 50 ninth graders who entered Kaufman Music Center’s Special Music School High School last fall as its first ever freshman class took a leap of faith, believing that this brand new high school for musically gifted teens offered something special. At the end...

Kaufman Music Center Is Expanding!

Kaufman Music Center Launches Music Front & Center Campaign

As a young child, Iman Swain had trouble learning to read. Playing the violin, however, came naturally. He had a good ear, and music gave him a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment like nothing else. As he grew, learning to read music helped him learn to read. “It really enhanced his total education,” says Iman’s mom Salima. “His self-esteem was really boosted,...

A Note from Kaufman Music Center’s Executive Director

Dear Friends,

Things have been moving quickly here at Kaufman Music Center! This year, our vision of a new high school offering unparalleled opportunities for young musicians became a reality when Special Music School High School opened its doors to its first class of 9th graders last September. Also this year, our teen new music ensemble Face the Music grew to more...

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