Community Outreach

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Manhattan School of Music gives people in all socioeconomic backgrounds access to quality music performances and education.

Our community outreach programs give youth, young adults, and the elderly or infirmed access to music and music education they wouldn’t otherwise have:


MSM students teach and perform jazz, opera, and chamber music 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 voice student perform for an enthusiastic crowd of pre-schoolers at Teacher's College on Broadway

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 develop their musical skills and join a community of young musicians through a wide variety of musical and social activities.

Community Partnerships

This 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.

MSM students spent time at Atria Riverdale seniors' home, singing Broadway classics, and pose here with resident Mary Allen who was part of the original cast of the "Pyjama Game."