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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 in a noncompetitive, student centered learning environment from professional musicians with a passion for teaching. NSM offers private and group lessons, master classes, vacation programs, seasonal family events, and faculty and community concerts. We welcome all students regardless of race, creed, national origin, or social economic level. The New School of Music, housed in an 1883 wooden school house, was founded in 1976 by composer, conductor, and educator Nicholas Van Slyck. True to his founding vision, NSM maintains its focus on fostering a love for and understanding of music throughout our community.

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 info@newschoolofmusic.org or fill out our inquiry form at www.newschoolofmusic.org We will gladly help you learn about our teachers and their availability. Feel free to browse faculty bios online at www.newschoolofmusic.org/about/faculty. 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 (September-January) and Spring (February-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.

FACULTY Early Childhood Pampa Rotolo Guitar/Bass/Ukulele Jeffrey Charland Tyler Cotner Chris Jenkins Harp Mary Jane Rupert Szu-ning Tai Outreach Pampa Rotolo Elise Tally

Piano Kai-Ching Chang Ai-Ying Chiu Harvey Diamond Catherine Lawlor I-Ying Lin Joe Reid Szu-ning Tai Lily Tseng Trudi Van Slyck Carlos Vargas Laura Villafranca Strings Pamela Ambrose Caroline Drozdiak Nelli Jabotinsky Sally Martin Loren Pearson Anne Hooper Webb

Vacation Programs Cindy Giron Jessica Malone Nick Preziosi Morgan Scagliotti Voice & Choirs Rachael Chagat Lauren A. Cook Anita Suhanin Woodwinds Kristine Kirby Jackie Ostergren Elise Tally World and Folk Lucille Magliozzi Anne Hooper Webb


VOCAL ENSEMBLES 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. Program Director: Rachael Chagat 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 www.newschoolofmusic.org 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.

CHAMBER MUSIC FOR AGES 5-17 Chamber Music for Strings, Woodwinds, and Piano 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. For information specific to our Adult Chamber Music program, please see the Adult Classes page in this catalog or visit our website at www.newschoolofmusic.org/ensembles/adult-chamber-music More information and current audition dates for our ensemble programs is available on our website: www.newschoolofmusic.org/ensembles

Beginning Group Violin | ages 4-6 This 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 These classes introduce a solid foundation of keyboard and music skills, including note-reading, ear-training, 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.

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!

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

New classes are added throughout the year, check our website for current class offerings! www.newschoolofmusic.org/group-classes

Check www.newschoolofmusic.org for current class schedule and fees.

Beginning Group Ukulele | ages 4-6 Students in this course will learn how to create music by themselves and in a group using the ukulele. Along the way, students will learn to utilize basic musical elements such as rhythm, pitch, harmony, and dynamics, and how to apply those elements on the ukulele through techniques such as strumming, basic chords, and melodic transcription. Through a combination of composition, arranging, improvising, and performing, students will gain a basic vocabulary on the instrument and learn to contextualize and interpret the music works around them!




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.

Check www.newschoolofmusic.org for current class schedule and fees.

Our early childhood classes run on a different term structure than our other group classes. Please check our website for the current schedule and registration information. www.newschoolofmusic.org/group-classes/early-childhood

“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 Music & Movement: Toddlers | ages 12-36 months with parent or caregiver, ideal for walkers The toddler class will explore musical concepts through movement, songs, rhymes and fingerplays. This play based approach will offer an opportunity to develop gross motor skills, expressive and receptive language and promote social emotional growth while fostering musicality. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to engage with their child to support musical learning. Most importantly, we will celebrate the joys of making music with our friends. Music & Movement: Pre-schoolers | ages 3-4, with parent or caregiver This class will continue the concepts addressed in Music & Movement: Toddlers, 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. Music & Movement: Kindergarten | ages 5-6, no caregiver present 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 for Violin and Viola | 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 with 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 CLASSES Check www.newschoolofmusic.org for current class schedule and fees.

ADULT CLASSES The New School of Music is proud to offer several new programs in 2019-2020 designed for adults. Programs will include: • Sunday bluegrass jam sessions in collaboration with the Boston Bluegrass Union • Group Voice for Seniors • Flute Ensemble • Group Ukulele Check our website for full descriptions, dates, and additional offerings. www.newschoolofmusic.org/group-classes/adult-classes

ADULT CHAMBER MUSIC Open to adult musicians of any level, any instrument, and any genre, the chamber music program for adults allows students to grow their musical skills in a small ensemble setting. Coached by members of the NSM faculty, chamber groups have the opportunity to participate in master classes, workshops, and special events, all while exploring new repertoire and ensemble techniques in a social and relaxed atmosphere. Performance opportunities are also available for those groups interested in recitals and concerts. A “Meet & Greet” will be held at the beginning of each semester for interested students to meet the coaches and potential ensemble mates. NSM faculty will form groups according to interest and experience level after a brief audition. For more information on chamber music and important dates for the fall, check out the website. Check our website for full descriptions, dates, and additional offerings. www.newschoolofmusic.org/ensembles/adult-chamber-music

Kids’ Cabaret, Suzuki Summer Starter, Make Your Own Music, Songs & Stories from Nature, and Songs & Stories from Around the World Vacation programs are available each year during February, April, and Summer breaks. Additional information is available online at www.newschoolofmusic.org/vacation-programs

NSM IN THE COMMUNITY NSM students and faculty have the opportunity to perform out in our community each year. Past performances have included events such as Cambridge River Fest, Fete de la Musique, Harvard Square Mayfair, and more! You can also catch NSM at Prospect Hill Academy’s Saturday STEAM Program, as well as other outreach events throughout the year.



CONCERT SERIES The New School of Music hosts a number of free performances throughout the year. These concerts feature both distinguished guest artists and members of NSM’s talented faculty. Recent performers have included Sergey Schepkin, the Chiu-Villafranca Duo, Zefira Trio, Iris Winds, and more. These concerts are made possible by generous grants from organizations including the Cambridge Arts Council and the Cambrige Community Foundation.

For full details on all concerts at NSM, please visit our website: www.newschoolofmusic.org/events-performance/concerts

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 www.newschoolofmusic.org for current event lisitngs! The Concert Gallery is available for event rental. Please contact our office at 617.492.8105 or info@newschoolofmusic.org for more information.


Monthly Student Recitals Oct 28, Nov 20, Dec 17, Jan 16, Feb 12, Mar 12, May 19 Performathon: NSM’s Annual Community Fundraiser Sunday, April 5, 2020 from 12-5pm 14th Annual Family Music Festival Sunday, June 7, 2020 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. Past workshops have included yoga for musicians, piano masterclasses, performance technique, and more! Visit our website at www.newschoolofmusic.org/workshops for up-to-date lisitngs!



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

To register, visit: newschoolofmusic.org or call 617.492.8105

Profile for New School of Music

2019-2020 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...

2019-2020 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...