Notable Neighbors: Jeet Bhatnagar & Sarah Reed

I know we have all missed being in the hallways at NMS this year, hearing the different types of music pouring out of the studios as well as the invigorating hallway conversations that ensue! Being part of a community that embraces teaching all styles of music is important to me because each student has a unique set of interests and …

An Important Message from the Executive Director

Dear NMS Community, As I stepped out of my house the other day, and saw the buds on the tree in my front yard, I felt the promise of what was to come, but I knew more still needed to happen inside that tree before its full beauty was on display. During this very hard year of not knowing what’s …

Online Music Lessons Tips for Parents

Prepare, support, and celebrate! Here’s how to make the most of your child’s online lessons: 1. Help your child make a smooth transition at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the lesson Provide a pre-lesson snack Wash hands Have the instrument, music, and a pencil with an eraser ready Have the computer/tablet set up with the camera positioned …

How Much Do Dance Classes Cost?

When trying to find the right dance class for your child (or yourself!), the cost of tuition is an important factor.  Be careful when you compare the tuition at one dance studio to the tuition at another, as many dance studios have substantial required fees above and beyond tuition. At most dance studios in the greater New Haven area—not including …

Notable Neighbors: Wiley Bartels & Stacey Richetelli

Neighborhood Music School has a long history of Jazz programming. Our world renowned faculty leads ensembles for all levels of improvisers (including our Premier Jazz Ensemble), helping to produce a long history of CT All-State musicians. Our jazz alumni include Grammy-nominated musicians such as Christian Sands and Wayne Escoffery. We also produce engaging concerts and run a beloved Summer Jazz program. Jazz …

Notable Neighbors: Reese Puchalski & Gretchen Hary

At Neighborhood Music School, we pride ourselves on supporting both our students and our faculty in their artistic growth. Meet student Reese Puchalski and faculty member Gretchen Hary, who both believe strongly that the connections they have made with others at NMS have inspired them—and enabled them—to grow. NMS has been a key source of inspiration for flute student Reese …

Tips for Parents on How to Make Practice Joyful and Productive

By Mary Bloom, Director of Music Education Parents frequently ask music teachers for suggestions for how to help their child become more willing to practice, and how they can make the experience enjoyable and productive. Here are some suggestions and insights on how to make the whole process of practicing more satisfying for everyone involved. 1) Make practice a habit …

Notable Neighbors: Bet Frost & Dr. Sigrid Karlstrom

Spontaneous music-making around our family piano was a key part of my musical upbringing. From popular parlor tunes from the 1890s, Irish tunes,1940s hits, the blues, to the Beatles, we would all jump in to play this cherished music by ear. And to sing loudly! When I was young, I thought every family made music together the same way. Now …

Snowy Day Songwriting Competition Winners!

We received a flurry of entries for our recent Snowy Day Songwriting Competition! Covering a broad range of styles, our 21 composers (as young as four years old!) sent us videos, audio recordings, music notation, and lyrics. We even had an entrant from Sweden! Each and every song was uniquely endearing, and our judges had their work cut out for …

Notable Neighbors: Dr. Amity Doolittle & Alexander Vlassenkov

In this installment of Notable Neighbors we highlight two people whose connections to NMS exemplify what we are all about. Amity Doolittle and Alex Vlassenkov have also both shaped and enriched my own and my family’s experiences at NMS in innumerable ways. Amity has been our Board Chair for close to three years now and her guidance, wisdom and generosity …