Kaufman Music Center

Music Education for All: Nurturing Talent

Every child deserves the chance to experience the life-changing benefits of music study. Kaufman Music Center provides opportunities for hundreds of young people to enrich their lives through the study of music, theater and dance — at little or no cost — through our on-site education divisions:

Lucy Moses School
New York City’s largest community arts school, Lucy Moses School brings high-quality, affordable instruction in music, dance and theater to more than 2,400 adults and children each year. The school also awards financial aid to needy students and conducts community engagement projects throughout the city. Check out LMS's new Young People's Division video and get a behind-the-scenes look at music education in action!

Special Music School
Read about Special Music School in The Wall Street Journal. Kaufman Music Center's unique partnership with the New York City Department of Education, Special Music School the only K-8 public school in the country that offers pre-conservatory music training alongside a standards-based academic curriculum during the regular school day, starting in kindergarten, to a diverse group of musically gifted students — at no cost to their families.

Beginning in the fall of 2013, Kaufman Music Center will expand into the high school grades at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Educational Complex on New York City’s Upper West Side, with a music curriculum that emphasizes the development of the student as a musician for the 21st century. With the establishment of the high school extension, Special Music School High School will be the city’s only K-12 school that teaches music as a core subject.

Opus 118 Harlem School of Music
In the fall of 2012, Kaufman Music Center entered into a new partnership with Opus 118 Harlem School of Music to ensure the continuation of Opus 118’s internationally recognized music programs for children in East Harlem. The story of Opus 118’s struggle to keep music education alive in Harlem’s public schools inspired two Oscar-nominated films – the 1996 documentary Small Wonders and the 1999 feature Music of the Heart, starring Meryl Streep. Read a Daily News feature on Kaufman Music Center's partnership with Opus 118.

Kaufman Music Center's Theater Wing
The Theater Wing focuses on the creation, celebration and performance of musical theater, integrating the disciplines of music, theater and dance. Programs include a month-long Summer Musical Theater workshop, a winter arts camp and performance series for children featuring original works with an in-residence cast of actors.

Ways to Give

Donations of any amount are appreciated. Specific ways you can make a difference in a young person’s life by supporting their study of music include:

•  Lucy Moses School Scholarship Donation — $1,000 (average cost of tuition for one year of private lessons)
Give a child the chance to achieve their full potential through the study of the performing arts.

•  Musical Theater Workshop Sponsorship — $1,500 (average cost of attendance per student)
Provide the opportunity of a lifetime for a student to participate in writing, producing and presenting a musical theater work.

•  “Success Through Suzuki” Scholarship — $2,500 (average cost per student)
Help a low-income student in Harlem achieve a high level of proficiency in music through a program that provides private and group lessons, group instruction for parents, and year-round performance opportunities.

•  Young Artist Program Patron — $5,000 (full tuition for one year)
Enable a talented high school musician to participate in a rigorous, pre-collegiate music program that includes private instruction, theory and ensemble classes, and mentoring in preparation for college and a future career in music.

•  Special Music School Student Underwriter — $7,500 (average annual cost per student )
Provide a New York City public school child with a complete pre-conservatory music education that includes two private lessons a week, music history and theory classes, and multiple performance opportunities.

Your gift in support of one of Kaufman Music Center’s music education programs nurtures the artists of tomorrow. To help a deserving child realize their musical talent, please click here.

For more information about other ways to support a student’s music education, including Named and Endowed Scholarship opportunities, please contact the Development office at 212 501 3350 or email development@kaufmanmusiccenter.org.

New York's Creative Home for Listeners, Learners and Performers

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