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Meet Maya Fortune, Violinist & Special Music School Alumna

Maya Fortune is a Special Music School alumna from the Upper West Side. As a child, Maya loved to play with her aunt’s full-size violin, which inspired her to begin studying the instrument when she was five years old. During her time at SMS, Maya was very involved in school ensembles and music classes as well as Face the Music. She says that SMS inspired he…

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Meet Deandre Desir, Tubist & Recent Graduate of Special Music School

Deandre Desir is a recent graduate of Special Music School, where he studied the tuba. He says: "Kaufman Music Center has made me the musician that I am today, without a doubt." Though Deandre was first introduced to music through piano lessons when he was younger, it was Special Music School that identified his aptitude as a brass player and suggested he explore…

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Meet Margaret Olko, Vocalist & Special Music School 12th Grader

Margaret Olko is a rising senior at Special Music School, where she is a vocal major and student leader. She lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Her family immigrated to the US from Poland, and she speaks fluent Polish. Though Margaret played piano when she was younger, she became passionate about music when she began singing with her church choir when she was 11. At SMS, …

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September Holiday Closures

Kaufman Music Center and its divisions will be closed for holidays on the following days in September. Kaufman Music Center Offices Closed Mon, Sep 3 - Labor Day Closed Mon, Sep 10 & Tue, Sep 11 - Rosh Hashanah Closed Wed, Sep 19 - Yom Kippur Closed Mon, Sep 24 & Tue, Sep 25 - Succoth Closed Mon, Oct 1 - Shemini Atzeret Closed Tue, Oct 2 - Simchas Torah Lucy Moses …

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Meet William Belfor, Oboist & Special Music School 11th Grader

Rising 11th grader William Belfor's musical journey began when he started piano lessons in kindergarten, but his passion for music truly blossomed in middle school when he discovered the oboe. Through his hard work and consistent practice, he found himself auditioning and being accepted into Special Music School High School, only six months after learning this new…

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Meet Pianist & Special Music School Graduate Chanel Wang

Chanel Wang is a recent graduate of Special Music School High School. She has been studying piano since she was three and has practiced every day since! Chanel began to perform competitively at age four, giving her first solo recital when she was just six years old. She transferred to SMS in high school so she could have a quality music education that could take her t…

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Q&A with Alicia Andrews, Lucy Moses School Assistant Director & Adult Division Manager

Lucy Moses School’s Assistant Director and Adult Division Manager Alicia Andrews explains how adults of all ages can connect with music. “When we talk about getting started with private instrument lessons, a lot of adult musicians tell me, ‘I played an instrument as a kid and then I stopped. I wish I’d kept doing it.’ I’m here to help th…

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Meet John Wallar, Percussionist, SMS High School Junior & Face the Music Player

John Wallar is a rising 11th grader at Special Music School and a percussionist in the school's new music ensemble, Face the Music. When he was younger, he joined a rock band and soon discovered a passion for classical music. During his studies at SMS, John mastered complex mallet percussion pieces from the classical canon, while also playing alternative percussio…

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Open House for Adults - Try Out Music, Dance & Theater Classes on Sep 6

Unlock Your Creativity at the 2018 Lucy Moses School Adult Division Open House Thu, Sep 6, 4-7 pm Kaufman Music Center 129 W. 67th St., Manhattan Music lessons aren't just for kids! Learning is lifelong. If learning to play an instrument is on your bucket list, or you'd like to take your musical skills to the next level, join us on Sep 6! Take a sample class or pri…

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Sax Player Paul Wolsk Explains Why Jazz is a Lifelong Learning Experience

“Jazz is a lifelong learning experience because the more you learn, the more you can use, and the more creative you become.” When Paul Wolsk’s friend suggested that they get a jazz band together, he hadn’t played the sax for 35 years. He’d first taken up the instrument in elementary school and played through college, but gave it up as he purs…

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