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NYC Opens Public Music School in Partnership with Kaufman Center

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Oct 23, 2012
New York, NY

New York City plans to open a public high school, "The Special Music School," next fall in partnership with the Kaufman Center. The Wall Street Journal called the partnership "a milestone in a growing national movement to re-evaluate how classical music is taught, and to what end."

The school now has about 15 students in each grade, but plans to grow it's ninth grade class to 50 by September 2013. Children must audition to be accepted. While high school students will be expected to take individual lessons on an instrument and a full academic course load, they will also be required to take an intensive two-year course on music technology.

Lydia Kontos, executive director of the Kaufman Center and a Guild trustee, conceded that some might question the "audacity" of training students for an industry where "opportunities are not going to increase. If anything, they might decrease." But, she said, "music is everywhere in our lives. Music isn't going away...To me classical music comprises the basics...It's a matter of the foundation. It's the starting point."

Read the Full Wall Street Journal Article (PDF)

About the Lucy Moses School at Kaufman Center

The Lucy Moses School is a division of the Kaufman Center, a non-sectarian multi-arts center serving nearly 75,000 people each year.  The School serves 3,000 students annually, from toddlers to senior citizens, who study music, dance and theater in the School’s facility, the 45,000 square foot Goodman House. In addition to the School, the Center operates Merkin Concert Hall, home to approximately 250 concerts each season; and the Special Music School - a unique public school for musically-gifted children. The Lucy Moses School offers a variety of classes, including private and group instrumental lessons, Suzuki training, Jazz studies, musical theater and vacation programs,  dance courses, Dalcroze classes and much more - including a Young Artist Program in which students can receive pre-conservatory level training. The Balcony Gallery presents exhibits of student works and invited artists; the Birnbaum Music Library has a unique collection of Jewish Music and original manuscripts.

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