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Special Music Students Achieve 100% Proficiency on State Tests

Congratulations to Special Music School Students, who are once again at the top of the list!

 

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Campaign Launch: 20th Anniversary Match Challenge

There's just one week left to help us meet our match challenge to raise $100,000!
Give before Aug 31 to have your gift DOUBLED! We're 89% there!

Click here to unlock an extra $100,000 for Kaufman Music Center!

June 21, 2017 was an historic day for the Kaufman Music Center community. After starting Special Music School in 1996 with only 30 students, we watched our...

SMS High School Celebrates 100% Graduation & College Acceptance Rate

Congratulations to Special Music School High School's Class of 2017!

Click here or below to view photos from the June 21 Craduation Ceremony and reception.

Special Music School High School Graduation 2017

The first ever class of graduating seniors at Kaufman Music Center's Special Music School High School had a 100% graduation rate. And 100% of the students have been accepted to the conservatories and colleges...

Watch SMS High School Students on CBS’s CityViews

Kaufman Music Center's Executive Director Lydia Kontos, the Special Music School High School Advanced Men's Chorus and SMS composer Zachary Detrick celebrated SMS High School's first ever graduation with CBS CityViews host Sharon Barnes-Waters.

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Special Music School Composer Featured on NY1 News & DNAInfo

18-year-old composer Michelle David, a Special Music School High School senior, Face the Music member and Luna Composition Lab Fellow, has been featured on NY1 News &  DNAInfo.

Click here to watch Michelle on NY1 News.

 

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Special Music School Alumnus Profile: Dwight Rivera

“Studying music made me really curious about everything. I love science and I love history. It gave me a curiosity about everything in the world that I don’t think anything else would have.”

Dwight Rivera doesn’t precisely remember beginning his piano studies as a Special Music School kindergartner back in 1996, the year the school first opened. But he knows this: “It...

Special Music School Alumna Profile: Chloe Holgate

“Music is a second language to me. It’s just so comfortable and such a fun challenge. That does give you a different perspective on life."

Chloe Holgate vividly remembers her first day at Special Music School, when she auditioned for a spot in the brand new school’s first grade. “I didn’t know it was an audition,” she recalls. “I thought we were just playing. I...

Special Music School Alumna Profile: Luiko Yoshimoto

“At SMS there was an amazing balance between academics and music, and I think that was possible because of the faculty and the community here. I strongly believe that you really can’t find a school like this anywhere else.”

When Luiko Yoshimoto first came to Special Music School as a kindergartener, she loved the small class size and supportive atmosphere, and...

SMS High School Senior Profile: Michelle David

“Maybe in the future we will be an inspiration to other women composers, who won’t be afraid of showing their music to the world.”               

Special Music School High School senior Michelle David vividly recalls the little toy keyboard that first sparked her love of music. “I just had fun with it,” she remembers. “I used to copy songs and improvise.” She soon...

Save the Date for #Giving Tuesday - Nov 29

Save the date!

Kaufman Music Center will be participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back to your community. Last year, more than 45,000 organizations in 71 countries worldwide came together to celebrate generosity.

On November 29, you can make sure all students can access our outstanding music education programs, regardless of their...

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