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.