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Special Music School Honored with Blackboard Award for Excellence in Education

Above: Special Music School students with principal Katherine Banucci-Smith

Kaufman Music Center
’s Special Music School has been selected to receive a 2015 Blackboard Award as part of this year’s celebration of schools of excellence in NYC. The school, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2016, is New York City's only K-12 public school for musically gifted...

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Photo above: SMS student Vian Wagatsuma performing in the Kaufman Music Center International Youth Piano Competition Winners Showcase Concert at Merkin Concert Hall in June.


SMS Test Scores Rank #1 in NYC!
The test results are in! SMS 4th...

Advice from Virtuoso Violinist Joshua Bell

What would you ask virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell if you had the chance? Last spring, Special Music School students had an amazing opportunity to enjoy a special private performance at SMS High School and receive advice from one of the world’s greatest classical performers.

Here are a few examples of what Joshua told them:

“Classical music can be relaxing, but it’s...

ComposerCraft Students Premiere Vivaldi-Inspired Works at Poisson Rouge on Oct 11

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On Sunday, October 11 at 6 pm, six middle school composers In Kaufman Music Center’s ComposerCraft program will premiere works inspired by one of the movements from Vivaldi’s bassoon concerto “La Notte” at (le) Poisson Rouge. The pieces were commissioned by Metropolis Ensemble along with four other works by adult composers Brad Balliett, Doug Balliett,...

NEW PHOTOS! Kaufman Music Center’s 2015 Gala

Kaufman Music Center held it's 2015 Gala on May 19 at The Edison Ballroom in Times Square. The evening included performances by students from Kaufman Music Center's Lucy Moses School and Special Music School as well as Tony winner Jason Robert Brown.

Photos by Monika Graff

2015 Composer Festival: 500 Years of French Composers

Sunday, April 19, 3:30 pm
Merkin Concert Hall
FREE for Special Music School & Lucy Moses School students & faculty.
$10 for the general public

Bonjour from Kaufman Music Center! The 2015 Composer Festival will celebrate 500 years of French composers. The concert features nearly 30 extraordinary young performers from Lucy Moses School and Special Music School, who...

SMS Receives Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award

Sandra Noreen, SMS Dean of Music, and Katie Banucci-Smith, SMS Principal, will attend the 2015 Symposium on Music in Schools at Yale University.

Kaufman Music Center's Special Music School (SMS) has been awarded the Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award. SMS Dean of Music, Sandra Noreen and Principal Katie Banucci-Smith will attend the 2015 Symposium on Music in...

Remembering Friends of Kaufman Music Center

Veronica Pellitteri, a Special Music School alumna who joined the school in 1997, passed away in October of this year following a car accident. She was 23 years old. A gifted pianist and vocalist, Veronica attended LaGuardia High School and later studied voice at Berklee College of Music. Veronica moved to Italy, where she was born, in 2010. She began attending medical...

The NY Philharmonic’s Principal Clarinetist is a Big Fan of Special Music School

Anthony McGill has been very busy lately. Fresh from performing and recording Carl Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto at Avery Fisher Hall last month, the New York Philharmonic’s new principal clarinetist was preparing for a much smaller – but very important – concert on February 3 in support of the music program at Special Music School, Kaufman Music Center’s public school...

Special Music School Ranks #1 on State English Test

Kaufman Music School's Special Music School is #1!

Congratulations to Special Music School 4th graders, who ranked #1 in NYC on NY State English tests last spring! Every single 4th grader passed the test last spring compared with fewer than a third of student city-wide. Studying music is clearly linked to academic success!

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