Special Music School High School

Auditions for the 2018-19 School Year: Aug 2 & Aug 22, 10 am-12 noon

To sign up, call 212 501 3395 or email admissions@specialmusicschool.org.

Special Music School is New York City's only K-12 school that teaches music as a core subject.

SMS High School's first two graduating classes, the classes of 2017 and 2018, are unique among New York City public schools in having 100% graduation and college acceptance rates.

A small and individually focused learning environment, SMS High School's unique approach gives talented young musicians the opportunity to pursue serious, pre-professional music studies along with a rigorous Regents-based academic curriculum - all during the regular school day. Students work one-on-one, in small classes, and in ensemble rehearsals with internationally recognized music faculty. Courses explore music theory, history, technology, entrepreneurship and other skills needed by a well-rounded 21st-century musician all with a focus on performance.

SMS High School's music curriculum emphasizes the development of the student as a musician for the 21st century, updating the traditional model of classical music education in order to prepare students for the multifaceted and diverse opportunities available to today’s musicians. In addition to helping students build extremely strong core skills as music makers, SMS High School prepares them to improvise and compose as well as perform, understand music technology and collaborate with other musicians both in small and large groups while providing meaningful experience working with living composers.

Founded in 1996, Special Music School represents a unique public/private partnership between Kaufman Music Center, which is responsible for the music program and provides each student with a full, merit-based scholarship and the New York City Department of Education, which provides the academic program and materials. The music program is fully funded by Kaufman Music Center through private contributions. As with all public schools, tuition is free to residents of the residents of the five boroughs of New York City.

One of the highest achieving public schools in New York City, Special Music School is a diverse community drawing students from all five boroughs. The high school admits 50 students per grade, for a total enrollment of 200 students.The K-8 program is located at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Educational Complex on Amsterdam Ave. at 65th St.



Grades K-8:
Tel: 212 501 3390

High School:
Tel: 212 501 3395

Administrative Offices

Grades K-8:
Tel: 212 501 3318

Grades 9-12:
Tel: 917 441 3692

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