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SMS Teacher Profile: Jane Smith

Special Music School piano teacher Jane Smith shares her teaching philosophy, and how studying music sets her students up for success. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat.…

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Special Music School Middle Schoolers Publish Children’s Book on Composer Florence Price

New Children’s Book Tells the Story of Florence Price, the First Black Woman Composer to Have Her Music Performed by a Major American Orchestra Read about the book on NPR. Written and illustrated by Middle School students at Kaufman Music Center's Special Music School, a K-12 NYC public school that teaches music as a core subject. Published by Schirmer Books,…

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Special Music School High School Musicians Win State Debate Championships

There’s no debating that studying music leads to success in many areas! Special Music School High School’s Debate Team shone this month at the 2021 Urban Debate League’s State Championships, where the skills they’ve honed as musicians helped the 2-year-old team defeat more experienced and well-established opponents from across the city and state.…

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Meet Sophia Shao, Composer & Special Music School 7th Grader

You'll definitely be hearing more about this young songwriter in years to come! Watch composer and Special Music School 7th grader Sophia Shao perform her new song, "Friend," and learn about her inspiring artistic journey so far. Hi! I’m Sophia, and I’m in seventh grade at Special Music School. I’ve been studying piano at SMS since kindergarten with…

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Composer Portrait: Isabella Carucci

“A live performance is so magical – it gives audiences a safe space for digesting emotions and grief, inspiring empathy and motivation.” 17-year-old flutist, composer and Face the Music member Isabella Carucci shares her composition process, her inspiration for writing music, and what she hopes we’ll take away from her new piece, which will be…

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Kaufman Music Center Announces New Board of Trustees Leadership

The Board Elects Orli Shaham, Chair & Shahriar Rafimayeri, President New Trustees Nikki Renée Daniels, Nathalie Joachim and Daniel Kaufman are welcomed to the Board.         Above: Orli Shaham, Shahriar Rafimayeri, Nikki Renée Daniels and Nathalie Joachim On November 11, the Kaufman Music Center (KMC) Board of Trustees voted to elect…

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Announcing the 2020-21 Luna Composition Lab Fellows

Luna Composition Lab is “changing the playing field by providing mentorship and exposure to teen-age female, non-binary, and gender-nonconforming composers” – The New Yorker Meet the Fellows The six teens selected as the 2020-21 Luna Composition Lab Fellows range in age from 14 to 17 and hail from New York City, Los Angeles and Harrisonburg, VA. They…

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Broadcast from Home - Partnership with Kaufman Music Center & Composer Lisa Bielawa

BROADCAST FROM HOME A large-scale musical work with a call for testimonies in response to the isolation of sheltering in place, social distancing and quarantine during the COVID-19 crisis.  This project was featured by NPR. Broadcast from Home Listening Events Thursday, August 20 & Friday August 21, 2 pm ET (FREE) Streamed here and on Kaufman Music…

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KMC Online Encores

Tune in to Kaufman Music Center's social channels, where we’ll be posting Online Encores, some of our favorite moments from the current season's performances. Listen to KMC Executive Director Kate Sheeran discuss Online Encores with WWFM's Rachel Katz. Join us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to watch highlights from Ecstatic Music, Broadway…

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Community Updates Related to COVID-19

Plan for Fall 2020 Over the course of the past several months, our community has been involved in a process of reimagining our programming with the goal of continuing to connect through the arts and deliver excellent educational experiences in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. As we look ahead to the new concert season and school year at Kaufman Music Center, health and…

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