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Special Music School is New York City's only K-12 school that teaches music as a core subject.

Special Music School at Kaufman Music Center (P.S. 859) is a groundbreaking public school for musically gifted children offering musical training, including private instrumental lessons, during the regular school day. The school combines intensive instrumental study with a rigorous academic program, providing a strong foundation for a lifetime of music without compromising academic studies. 

Founded in 1996, Special Music School represents a unique public/private partnership between Kaufman Music Center, a nonprofit multi-arts organization, and the New York City Department of Education, which funds the academic portion of the students’ education. The music program is fully funded by Kaufman Music Center through private contributions. As with all public schools, tuition is free to residents of the residents of the five boroughs of New York City.

Special Music School High School
Kaufman Music Center’s Special Music School (P.S. 859) offers 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 (SMS) is the city’s only K-12 school that teaches music as a core subject. The school is unique even among New York’s highly regarded arts high schools in providing talented young musicians the opportunity to pursue serious, pre-professional music studies along with a rigorous academic curriculum.

The new high school updates the traditional model of classical music education in order to prepare students for the multifaceted and diverse opportunities available to today’s musicians. At a time of rapid change in the professional music world, we are committed to putting our students on a professional music path that will answer the demands of 21st century music. In addition to helping students build extremely strong core skills as music makers, SMS High School prepares them to improvise and compose as well as perform, understand music technology and collaborate with other musicians both in small and large groups while providing meaningful experience working with living composers.

Open to SMS eighth grade graduates as well as students from all five boroughs of New York City, the high school admits 50 students per grade beginning with ninth grade in 2013-14 school year.  For information call 212 501 3395.

 

SPECIAL MUSIC SCHOOL

Admissions

Grades K-8:
Tel: 212 501 3390
admissions@specialmusicschool.org

High School:
Tel: 212 501 3395
admissions@specialmusicschool.org

Administrative Offices

Grades K-8:
Tel: 212 501 3318
office@specialmusicschool.org

Grades 9-12:
Tel: 917 441 3692
office@specialmusicschool.org

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