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Private lessons are available for students ages four through adult of all levels and abilities. Rolling registration available throughout the year. A single trial lesson is recommended for all new students. To schedule a lesson, please contact the New School of Music by: phone 617.492.8105 email or fill out our inquiry form at We will gladly help you learn about our teachers and their availability. Feel free to browse faculty bios online at Private lessons are available at NSM year round, and can begin at any time for new students. Returning student registration is based on a two term schedule: Fall (Sept-Jan) and Spring (Feb-June). Summer lessons are scheduled based on the availability of the student and teacher. All lessons take place within the NSM building and require advance registration and payment.

GROUP CLASSES Check for current class schedule and fees.

EARLY CHILDHOOD The Early Childhood program at the New School of Music is designed to provide our youngest students with a fun and developmentally appropriate introduction to music lessons. Each of these classes focuses on the building blocks of music and child development, using movement, ear training, simple instruments, and creative play. Students can progress through the whole sequence with us, or join for just a few semesters. Every class will provide a solid foundation of musical skills, and will prepare children for whatever path they follow, be it group instrument lessons, our choral program, or private lessons. Our teachers create the curriculum by combining a number of pedagogical methods, including Musikgarten, Music Together, Dalcroze Eurhythmics, the Kodaly method, and more. Students will gain exposure not only to music, but the important developmental skills of improvisation, ensemble work, and increased independence. Early childhood classes run in 10 week semesters starting in September, January, and March/April.

“Every week my daughter and I looked forward to our music class.The songs and movements were easy to learn and always engaging. They became a part of our daily routine!�

EARLY CHILDHOOD Musical Beginnings I | ages 1 - 3 with parent or caregiver This beginning class provides a joyful introduction to music and will help strengthen the natural connection between music and movement, utilizing songs and rhymes, creative play, and simple instruments, while developing your toddler’s body awareness and control, listening skills, and exploration of space. Musical Beginnings II | ages 3 - 4 with parent or caregiver This class will continue the concepts addressed in Musical Beginnings I, while adding more movement activities and rhythm games. We’ll begin learning basic Solfege patterns and note reading, along with improvisation and ensemble work. No prerequisite class required. Musical Beginnings III | ages 4-5 no parent or caregiver attendance required The last class in our sequence, this section will allow students to more deeply explore musical concepts such as melody, harmony, rhythm, tempo, dynamics, and notation. Students will use singing, improvising, body percussion, and performing to each other to gain musical skills that will aid them in any kind of future study, such as private lessons, instrument group classes, or a choral ensemble! No prerequisite class required.

SUZUKI METHOD Suzuki Private Lessons & Group Classes | all ages Suzuki’s approach to teaching music builds on the principles of language acquisition. Those principles include – early beginning, listening, love and encouragement, parental support, constant repetition, learning with other children, and learning to read. Because all children learn and master their own language, Suzuki believed all children could learn and master music in the same way. To learn more about Suzuki method study, please contact our office at 617.492.8105.

Suzuki Group Violin | ages 3.5-6 plus adult This is an opportunity for young children and their parents to begin musical instruction on the violin through Suzuki instruction. This class builds the concepts of rhythm, pitch and coordination necessary to play the violin. Parents attend the weekly class and, using the Suzuki Violin Book 1 and CD, assist their children with daily practice.

GROUP INSTRUMENT Beginning Group Violin | ages 4-6 and 7-10 Here is an opportunity to explore the world of violin in a welcoming and supportive group setting. Beginner students, ages 4-6, will learn the basics of the violin and will work on simple tunes. Students will learn musical techniques through ear training, musical games, movement and ensemble playing. Parents are welcome to stay for the class but not required. Beginning Group Piano | ages 4-6 and 7-10 This class introduces a solid foundation of keyboard and music skills, including note-reading, eartraining, ensemble playing, improvisation, and composition. Children learn in a small group setting with a maximum of five students in the class. A piano or 61-note keyboard is required for home practice. Beginning Group Ukulele | ages 4-6 Students will learn to play simple songs on their ukulele while having fun singing and moving as they increase their rhythmic and pitch recognition while also learning how to care for their instrument.

Beginning students participating in group classes will have the option to continue with progressing group classes or start private lessons!

Group Guitar | various ages Group guitar classes are available and scheduled based on age, availability, and level. Contact the NSM office if you’re interested in a group!

Beginners Group Piano | adults A perfect place to start your study. Less pressure for busy adults, fun, and support from the other class members. Subjects of classes will be note learning, how to practice in limited free time, beginning music theory (the language of music), some improvisation (playing without notes) with other class members.. Returning to the Piano – A Group Piano Class | adults with some previous study Piano class for those with some previous study-no matter how long ago, it will come back! Class will focus on reading music, some group playing, and simple harmony. Group Violin & Viola | adults Whether you are a complete beginner or looking for a refresher course, our Group Violin & Viola class is for you. This class will cover fun music each week in an enjoyable, relaxed environment for adults while learning the proper posture, holding the instrument and bow, and basic techniques. If you have had an interest but have not followed through on it yet, this is the class to try. Invite a friend and learn together!



VACATION PROGRAMS Check for current class schedule and fees.

Play Me!, Kids’ Cabaret, Summer Medley, World Music Discoveries, and more! Vacation programs are available each year during February, April, and Summer breaks. Descriptions and registration are available online at


VOCAL ENSEMBLES AND CLASSES The Vision of the Choral Program at New School of Music • To create literate musicians and instill artistic excellence through choral music. • To provide its members with a broad experience of choral singing through music from different time periods, cultures, and genres. • To foster musical independence, leadership, self-confidence, teamwork, discipline, and commitment in all singers. • To enrich the lives of singers from all cultural and economic backgrounds. Training Choir | ages 5-8 This ensemble welcomes all children ages 5 – 8 years old. Children will be introduced to the fundamentals of choral singing in using their voices to make music. They will focus on building the skills of pitch-matching, listening, and rhythm.

Check for current class schedule and fees.

Repertory Chorus | ages 9-17 This ensemble is open by audition only and is intended as the next step in the process of vocal skill and musicianship. Emphasis will be on proper vocal technique, sight reading skills and musicianship. Singers will explore and perform secular, sacred, and popular music as well as music from different cultures and genres. This ensemble will exhibit the highest level of music making and choral singing.

Beginner and Intermediate Group Voice | ages 9-14 Love to sing but not sure where to start? Group voice is the place for you! Beginner and intermediate singers will learn the fundamentals of posture, breath management, vocal usage, ensemble skills, and dramatic expression in this six week starter course! Using favorites from the folk song and musical theatre repertoire, we’ll also cover how to choose songs that work for your voice, how to learn a new piece of music, and performance preparation. Team building, movement games, and listening games will also be part of this fun and upbeat session, with a possible showcase at the end for friends and family. Musical Theater and Pop Music classes may also be available. Please visit our website for information about all of our programs.

CHAMBER MUSIC Chamber Music for Strings, Woodwinds, and Piano | all ages Playing in a small ensemble is a wonderful opportunity to develop technique on your instrument while exploring new repertoire and working with others. Each ensemble will be formed based on experience and instrumentation and will consist of no more than 4 students. Each ensemble will work toward at least one performance at the end of the term. A placement audition is required to help with ensemble formation. Possible Ensembles: Mixed Trio (string/woodwind/piano, 2 strings/piano, 2 woodwinds/piano) Piano Duo (2 pianos, 4-hand piano) Piano Trio (violin/cello/piano) String Duo (2 violins, 2 cellos, violin/viola, violin/cello) String Trio (2 violins/cello, violin/viola/cello) String Quartet (2 violins/viola/cello) Woodwind Duo (2 flutes, 2 clarinets, flute/oboe, flute/clarinet, etc) Woodwind Trio (Flute/Oboe or Clarinet/Bassoon) Woodwind Quartet (Flute/Clarinet/Oboe/Bassoon)

All NSM Ensemble members will get the opportunity to work with distinguished guest artists and arts organizations through the Musical Connections program.

CAMBRIDGE KIDS’ COMMUNITY BAND The Cambridge Kids’ Community Band, which originated as the Cultural Collage music program, is a collaboration between NSM and the Community Art Center in Cambridge. This program offers a free music ensemble program in the Port community. Throughout the year, students explore the music of many cultures, create their own compositions, and have the opportunity to perform! This program is made possible by a generous grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Cambridge Arts Council, and many others. For full details on the program and information on enrollment, please visit the program website:

MUSICAL CONNECTIONS The New School of Music is excited to be continuing the Musical Connections program into a fifith year of connecting NSM’s community of musicians and their families with distinguished guest artists and arts organizations.

Visit our website at for additional details and current event lisitngs!

Featured Community Partners:





GUEST ARTIST CONCERT SERIES In the 2017/18 season, the New School of Music will host several special guest artist concerts in the Nicholas Van Slyck Concert Gallery. This season features renowned Boston musicians including soprano Chelsea Basler, violinist Joshua Peckins, and more.

Visit our website for tickets and additional information about the whole series!

The Nicholas Van Slyck Concert Gallery hosts many concerts throughout the year featuring faculty members, students, and musicians from the local community. Visit our website at for current event lisitngs! The Concert Gallery is available for event rental. Please contact our office at 617.492.8105 or for more information.



ANNUAL EVENTS Perform-a-thon: NSM’s Annual Community Fundraiser Sunday, April 8, 2018 from 12-6pm 12th Annual Family Music Festival Sunday, June 10, 2018 from 12-3pm

The New School of Music offers wonderful workshop and master class opportunities throughout the year. Many are open to the public for a fee, or are free for enrolled NSM students. Visit our website at for up-to-date lisitngs!


The New School of Music offers: Private Lessons • Group Classes Ensembles • Vacation Programs Concerts and Events

Best Kids’ Music Lessons

To register online, visit: or call 617.492.8105

2017-18 NSM Class Catalog  

The New School of Music is a community music school located in Cambridge for adults and children of all ages and levels. NSM offers programs...