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Our Belief
Music is essential to the human experience and a vital component of education for everyone.

Mission
Kaufman Music Center stimulates appreciation of and participation in music through music performance and education in ways that awaken creativity, advance innovation and create a sense of wonder among performers, students, teachers and the public at large.

Founded in 1952 as a community music school, today’s Kaufman Music Center is home to:

Merkin Hall
Enlightening, adventurous performances for curious audiences, from classical to Broadway to trailblazing artists illuminating what it means to be making music right now.

Lucy Moses School
At Manhattan’s largest community arts school, children and adults of all ages can choose from a huge number of music, dance and theater classes as well as individual instrument lessons with some of NYC’s best teachers. All levels, from beginners to experienced musicians, are welcome!

Special Music School
New York City’s only K-12 public school that teaches music as a core subject combines comprehensive, forward-thinking music instruction with a rigorous academic curriculum, making all the benefits of a top-notch music education accessible to  students of all backgrounds without any  financial barriers.

Face the Music
Our new music program for teens is the country’s only youth program dedicated to studying and performing music by living composers

Luna Composition Lab
Our mentorship program for teen composers who are female, non-binary or gender nonconforming is changing the playing field for a new generation.

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Merkin Hall

Merkin Hall

Events and Concerts

Lucy Moses School

Lucy Moses School

Music, Dance and Theater Classes and Lessons for All Ages

Special Music School

Special Music School (M 859)

Public School for Musically Gifted Children

Face the Music

Face the Music

Youth New Music Program