MSM's Outreach Program

Manhattan School of Music’s outreach program provides high-quality musical performances and instruction to over 3,500 New York City residents.  This includes programs in schools (preK – grade 12), senior living residences, hospices, and other community centers throughout Manhattan and the Bronx.  

Manhattan School of Music’s outreach program has a dual mission: (1) to train MSM students how to be effective artist-educators in non-traditional concert settings; and (2) to reach out to the local community through high-quality, interactive musical experiences.


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 a) to increase awareness of and exposure to various musical genres and b) to teach basic music literacy.  Manhattan School of Music students present interactive performances in jazz, opera, and chamber music.  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   Recent performances in partner schools for Spring 2017 included "Introduction to Jazz" performances, Discover Opera! based on The Ugly Duckling, and an abridged English version of Cosi fan tutte, an Amato Opera-in Brief performance (The Sally and Anthony Amato Program).

MSM student teachers also instruct group music lessons at partner schools as part of an in-school or afterschool program. Offerings include classes in strings, winds, brass, percussion, keyboard, and guitar.

MSM’s Arts in Education Program is made possible, in part, by grants from the D’Addario Foundation and the Bay and Paul Foundations, Inc.


Community Partnerships

Manhattan School of Music's Community Partnerships program provides students an opportunity to present meaningful and interactive musical 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. All performances are followed by a Q&A and meet and greet session. 

Recent initiatives include:

• Adults with Alzheimer’s Disease: Manhattan School of Music 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, Manhattan School of Music student artists teach weekly telephone classes to homebound seniors in the NYC metropolitan area.  Ongoing programs include “The Beauty of Opera” and “Jazz: America’s Great Music.” The program aims to teach about music and to 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)
  • Connect2Culture
  • Corpus Christi Church
  • Great Neck Library
  • Jewish Association for Services for the Aged
  • Lighthouse Guild
  • Marble Collegiate Church
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering
  • Mr. Sinai
  • National Council of Jewish Women
  • Riverside Park Overlook Series
  • Rhythm Break Cares
  • Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center
  • The Knolls

Related Coursework

Students can enroll in related courses at Manhattan School of Music including The Musician as Educator, Fundamentals of Music Education. Community Outreach for Musicians, Jazz Musician as Educator, and/or Arts & Education Training.


Rebecca Charnow
Director of Community Partnerships
917 493 4404

Donna Galvan
Assistant Director of Community Partnerships
917 493 4475


Student outreach interest form

School partnership application

Community Outreach partner application