Community Outreach Programs

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


MSM students teach and perform in local public, charter, religious and private schools, reaching children in grades pre-K through grade 12. The objectives are to increase awareness of and exposure to various musical genres and to teach basic music literacy.  With the recent expansion of universal PreK programs in New York City, Manhattan School of Music has developed extensive arts education programming for local preschools. MSM students present interactive performances in jazz, opera, and chamber music.

MSM's Arts-In-Education is supported, in part, by a grant from the D’Addario Foundation and the Bay & Paul Foundations, Inc.


MSM Summer

MSM Summer is a three-week intensive music experience that provides instruction and performance experience in instrumental music and voice for students who have completed grades 3-11 (ages 8-17).  MSM Summer participants will develop their musical skills and join a community of young musicians through a wide variety of musical and social activities. Former MSM Summer participants have hailed from across the United States and from around the world. To learn more about MSM Summer click here.

MSM Summer is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Council, Councilman Mark Levine; by The ASCAP Foundation and Kenneth & Mari Share.

Community Partnerships

MSM's Community Partnerships program provide interactive performances to 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. 

New initiatives include:
• Adults with Alzheimer’s Disease: MSM student artists visit and perform for adults with varying stages of Alzheimer’s disease.  Student artists are trained through coursework and guest speakers from partner organizations.  

• Homebound seniors: In partnership with Dorot’s “University Without Walls” program, MSM student artists teach weekly telephone classes to homebound seniors in the NYC metropolitan area. The program aims to teach about music and provide homebound seniors with an opportunity to join a vibrant community of lifelong learners.

Each year, approximately 200 Manhattan School of Music students participate through partnerships with New York organizations including:

  • Atria (86th Street; Riverdale)
  • Calvary Home Hospice
  • Children's Museum of Manhattan
  • Corpus Christi Church
  • Jewish Association for Services for the Aged
  • Lighthouse Guild
  • Marble Collegiate Church
  • National Council of Jewish Women
  • Riverdale Y
  • Riverside Park
  • Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center
  • Temple Shaaray Tefila
  • The Knolls


Brian Dailey
Assistant Vice President for Advancement
917 493 4469