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 onsite education divisions:
Special Music School
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, Special Music School 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.
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.
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:
• Tune A Piano — $100
Help tune a hard-working piano in one of our practice studios or classrooms.
• Provide Music Instruction — $250
Ensure that students from our partner Opus 118/Harlem School of Music have the opportunity for private lessons.
• Introduce Children to Musical Theater — $500
Provide free tickets to a Broadway Playhouse performance for 100 public school children from underserved schools.
• Give a Scholarship — $1,000
Underwrite one year of private lessons for a Lucy Moses School scholarship student.
• Supply Instruments for Our New High School — $2,500
Help purchase pianos and percussion equipment for the Special Music School High School, opening in September 2013.
• Bring World-Class Artists to Merkin Concert Hall — $5,000
Provide support for Merkin series including Broadway Close Up, Tuesday Matinees and Ecstatic Music Festival.
• Sponsor A Student — $7,500
Support one year of music instruction (private lessons, music theory and music history classes) for a Special Music School student.
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 to make a donation.
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.