Community Outreach Programs

Manhattan School of Music continually seeks funding for these important outreach initiatives, from sponsoring a summer camper to underwriting a year of instrumental lessons in a New York City public school.


The Arts-in-Education program prepares students to be effective artist educators by offering pedagogical instruction and practical teaching experience in New York City schools. The program provides semester-long classroom residency programs in orchestral music, opera, musical theater, and jazz, as well as year-long instrumental instruction in partner schools. Our commitment to arts education in New York City remains central to the mission of the School. More than 1,500 New York City schoolchildren participate annually in our outreach program.

Special Opera-in-Brief presentations

In January 2011, Manhattan School of Music launched a new cooperative endeavor with Tony Amato and the legendary Amato Opera. Maestro Amato created a series of Operas-in-Brief presentations over the course of many years that introduced the opera repertory to children and the general public. Manhattan School of Music requests endowment gifts as well as annual expendable funds to sustain The Sally and Anthony Amato Program. Your gift will help ensure that the legacy of Tony Amato’s work in the field of opera will continue in perpetuity. All gifts will have direct impact on the School’s opera studies program and will deepen our service to New York City public schools and performance venues.
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Music Teaches is supported, in part, by a grant from the D’Addario Foundation.

Community Engagement

The Manhattan School of Music Community Engagement program provides students an opportunity to present inspirational and interactive performances to diverse audiences in hospitals, senior living residences, hospices, and other community centers in New York City, sharing the healing power of music as medicine. In many cases, performances are presented to underserved communities and to those who are unable to attend musical performances on their own. Through the program, students are able to expand their performance techniques for diverse audiences in nontraditional concert settings.

Camp MSM

Camp MSM is a 4-week residential summer camp (with a day-camp option) that provides intensive musical instruction in musical theater, orchestra, guitar, and piano studies for students who have completed grades 6-11 (ages 11-17).  Campers develop their musical skills and join a community of young musicians through a wide variety of musical and social activities. The rigorous curriculum includes a weekly private lesson, large and small ensembles, master classes by renowned artists, theory and ear-training classes, field trips, and a diverse array of musical and non-musical elective classes.  Performance opportunities take place throughout the summer in Manhattan School of Music’s state-of-the-art recital halls and main auditorium.