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The InterSchool Orchestras of New York
Call 212-410-0370 for rehearsal locations
Students 6–19, from beginner to advanced, can audition for five orchestras, a symphonic band, a chamber-music program, and percussion ensembles. Ensembles rehearse weekly in various locations throughout the city, and perform between four and eight times a year. Past performances have been at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Call for rates.

Jazz at Lincoln Center
Louis Armstrong Classroom in the Frederick P. Rose Hall, Time Warner Center, at Broadway and 60th St.
Registration begins September 13 for Webop, a series of new jazz classes for kids and their parents. Sign up to be one of twelve “diads” (guardian and child duos) in one of the following Tuesday- or Saturday-morning clusters: the Stompers (ages 2–3), the Syncopators (ages 4–5) or the Gumbo Group (ages 2–5). All classes are prepared and led by teachers from Columbia University’s Teachers College; $300 per diad for eight classes.

Jewish Community Center in Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Ave., at 76th St.
Parents can sign up (with their babies) for Little Maestros, a singing and listening class with a repertoire ranging from Bach to rock. My Daddy and Me invites dads to get goofy with their little ones, while kids ages 8–10 can learn to sing, dance, and act in On Broadway. Classes run from thirteen to eighteen weeks; $300 to $500.

Lucy Moses School
129 W. 67th St., near Broadway
This year, Lucy Moses offers courses like Music for Toddlers, Keyboard Together, Group Piano, Suzuki Violin and Cello, and Dalcroze classes, the popular music-and-movement method for kids ages 21⁄2–8. After that, highly motivated students may be eligible for the diploma program. Private lessons are also available. Group lessons, from $290 for fifteen weeks; private, from $845.

Music for Aardvarks and Other Mammals
199 Lafayette St.
David Weinstone’s reality-based songs about taxis, skyscrapers, and boogers range from soft-and-sweet to “the Ramones on acid” (his description). His music program, taught by Weinstone or his assistants, features a loosely structured class style and witty, child-oriented observations; parents participate with their children ages 6 months to 4 years. Ten-week sessions run from about $185 to $250.

92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Ave.
Catering to infants, kids, and teens, the 92nd Street Y’s Music Technology Lab is outfitted with state-of-the-art music-production equipment. Kids 11 to 13 go nuts for computer-generated beats and loops ($375 for twelve sessions). Also available are group lessons in beginner’s acoustic guitar ($360), composition and theory ($310), and music classes for babies ($275). Private lessons run $735 to $810.

74th Street Magic
510 E. 74th St., near York Ave.
This progressive institution teaches music, art, gymnastics, cooking, science, and karate to all ages through participatory, hands-on expression. Tuition for seventeen-week sessions runs from $475 to $500.

Third Street Music School Settlement
235 E. 11th St., near Second Ave.
Third Street offers courses to kids of any musical appetite, from beginners to aspiring Mozarts. Learning the Arts & Me introduces toddlers to visual arts and music. For ages 4 and up, there’s music, dance, and Suzuki for strings. The school claims the most extensive chamber-music program in the city for kids over 12. Private lessons start at $34, group lessons at $20.

Turtle Bay Music School
244 E. 52nd St., near Second Ave.
Nearly 80 years old, Turtle Bay features the Orff Schulwerk Approach, a system of teaching early-childhood music that’s based on sequentially designed, age-appropriate classes. Post-Orff, kids can sign up for private, partner, or group instruction in twenty instruments, chamber music, musical theater, or Suzuki. Orff classes are $432 per sixteen-week semester; private instruction is $848 for sixteen weeks.

Young People’s Chorus of New York City in Residence at the 92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Ave.
Composer-conductor Francisco Nú–ez’s much-acclaimed program encompasses various choruses, bringing together kids starting at age 8 from more than 150 city schools. The award-winning Concert Chorus performs newly commissioned works by some of today’s top composers and performs 30 to 40 times a year, sometimes abroad. Auditions are required; annual tuition is $550. Scholarships available.

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From the Fall 2004 edition of the New York Family Guide
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