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Q&A with Alicia Andrews, Lucy Moses School Assistant Director & Adult Division Manager

Lucy Moses School’s Assistant Director and Adult Division Manager Alicia Andrews explains how adults of all ages can connect with music. “When we talk about getting started with private instrument lessons, a lot of adult musicians tell me, ‘I played an instrument as a kid and then I stopped. I wish I’d kept doing it.’ I’m here to help th…

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Meet John Wallar, Percussionist, SMS High School Junior & Face the Music Player

John Wallar is a rising 11th grader at Special Music School and a percussionist in the school's new music ensemble, Face the Music. When he was younger, he joined a rock band and soon discovered a passion for classical music. During his studies at SMS, John mastered complex mallet percussion pieces from the classical canon, while also playing alternative percussio…

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Open House for Adults - Try Out Music, Dance & Theater Classes on Sep 6

Unlock Your Creativity at the 2018 Lucy Moses School Adult Division Open House Thu, Sep 6, 4-7 pm Kaufman Music Center 129 W. 67th St., Manhattan Music lessons aren't just for kids! Learning is lifelong. If learning to play an instrument is on your bucket list, or you'd like to take your musical skills to the next level, join us on Sep 6! Take a sample class or pri…

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Sax Player Paul Wolsk Explains Why Jazz is a Lifelong Learning Experience

“Jazz is a lifelong learning experience because the more you learn, the more you can use, and the more creative you become.” When Paul Wolsk’s friend suggested that they get a jazz band together, he hadn’t played the sax for 35 years. He’d first taken up the instrument in elementary school and played through college, but gave it up as he purs…

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Clarinetist Ellen Landsberger Recommends Re-discovering Music After Retirement

“When I’m playing music I can’t think about politics and what’s going on in the world. It’s very calming. Playing and listening to music are very healing and beneficial.” Two years ago, Ellen Landsberger heard about Lucy Moses School from a friend and stopped by to check it out. A recently-retired obstetrician, Ellen wanted to return the…

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Meet Oliver Ramsdell, Summer Musical Theater Workshop Camper

Oliver Ramsdell is a fourth year camper at Lucy Moses School’s Summer Musical Theater Workshop. He says: “I really like acting with Wendy Gross Baker, my director. That’s really fun! I also like singing with John O’Neill because we get to learn [songs like] Stick It to the Man, and we also get to compose our own songs.”   Oliver is …

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Meet Elliott Bluestein - Composer, Pianist & 2018 Special Music School Graduate

Elliott Bluestein's life is strongly influenced by music. He started piano lessons when he was three, but knew he wanted to take music seriously when he began to compose at age seven. Elliott's favorite part of Special Music School is its community of supportive students and teachers, who surround him with rigor, positivity, and "inside jokes." The recent gra…

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Meet Carol Sifuentes, composer & 2018 Special Music School graduate

Carol Sifuentes is a recent graduate of Special Music School, where she majored in composition. She says: “SMS offers a one-of-a-kind education that creates a unique teen. We are performers, listeners, and open-minded community members. I’m glad I got to spend my youth in this environment." Carol began music lessons in the 3rd grade and started to compose soon…

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2019 Kaufman Music Center International Youth Piano Competition Announced

The 2019 Kaufman Music Center International Youth Piano Competition will be held from June 18-23, 2019 in New York City. The Winners Showcase Concert Concert takes place in Merkin Hall on June 25, 2019. Application info will be posted in fall 2018. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2019. Open to young pianists up to age 18, the Kaufman Music Center International Youth Pia…

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Meet Jay-Len McClean, Saxophonist & SMS 10th Grader

Jay-Len McLean is a 10th grade saxophonist from Bedford-Stuyvesant. Music became a special part of his life when he began lessons at 11 years old. When he entered Special Music School in 9th grade, he made a serious commitment to his musical studies. Jay-Len is greatly influenced by the community at Special Music School, where his peers and teachers give him the support a…

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