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SMS High School Senior Profile: Michelle David

“Maybe in the future we will be an inspiration to other women composers, who won’t be afraid of showing their music to the world.”                Special Music School High School senior Michelle David vividly recalls the little toy keyboard that first sparked her love of music. &l…

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Lucy Moses School’s Alicia Andrews in the New York Times

New York Times retirement columnist Joanne Kaufman's January 27 feature explored the "growing number of retirees who are returning to the instruments they played during childhood and then put aside, or who are taking up the piano, flute or horn for the first time." Click here to read the full article. She asked Lucy Moses School Assistant Director and Adult Division M…

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Here’s Why Making Music as an Older Adult Is So Satisfying

Four LMS Adult Division musicians share their stories and explain why making music as an older adult is especially fulfilling. Many of the enthusiastic students filling the classrooms and hallways of Kaufman Music Center's Lucy Moses School with music and song fit a slightly different profile than some might expect. Among the children heading to their lessons are many …

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SMS High School Senior Profile: Josh Kail

"Music has taught me to believe in myself.” Violist Josh Kail, a senior at Kaufman Music Center’s Special Music School High School (SMS), doesn’t remember exactly what first inspired him to pick up the violin as a second grader. But he vividly recalls the camaraderie that he felt while making music with his fellow students at Central Park East II, a publ…

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Announcing the 2016-17 Luna Composition Lab Fellows

New Composition Mentorship Program for Teen Girls Addresses Gender Gap in the Field of Classical Music, Inspires Young Women to Compose Kaufman Music Center and Luna Composition Lab founders Missy Mazzoli and Ellen Reid announce the 2016-17 Luna Composition Lab Fellows. The three aspiring teen composers will be mentored by established women composers and have their works …

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Kaufman Community Discounts

Students, their families and faculty at Kaufman Music Center's Special Music School, Lucy Moses School and Face the Music get big discounts on tickets to concerts in selected series at Merkin Concert Hall. To claim the Kaufman discount, purchase tickets in person (limit of 2 per concert) or by phone at 212 501 3330 and identify yourself as a student, family member of …

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Save the Date for #Giving Tuesday - Nov 29

Save the date! Kaufman Music Center will be participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back to your community. Last year, more than 45,000 organizations in 71 countries worldwide came together to celebrate generosity. On November 29, you can make sure all students can access our outstanding music education programs, regardless of their financial mea…

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Thank You for Helping Us Meet the $1 Million Challenge!

In April 2015, Elaine and Henry Kaufman challenged Kaufman Music Center to raise $1 million in new and increased gifts over the next two years. The Kaufman family made this groundbreaking commitment to help us complete the Music Front & Center Campaign, a capacity-building initiative designed to support the Center during a period of rapid growth, with the opening of S…

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Kaufman Music Center Announces New Partnership with One Day University

On Tue, Nov 15, at 7:30 pm, Kaufman Music Center joins forces with adult education phenomenon One Day University to produce “Broadway’s One Hit Wonders,” the third performance in Kaufman’s annual Broadway Close Up series. Musical theater is known as the domain of certain super-talents with strings of hits: Stephen Sondheim, Rodgers and Hammerstein,…

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Read About Special Music School in the New York Post

Read about Special Music School in the New York Post! "They’re hitting an academic high note," writes Selim Algar in the New York Post. "Students at a Manhattan public school spend more time practicing their piano and cello than hitting their textbooks, and still manage to drown out the competition in math and English. "The Special Music School at the Kaufman Music …

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