Notable Neighbors: Emily Adji & Kaitlin Stern

NMS has a way of making a lasting impression on our students. I know this first hand, as the memories of my very first music class with Julia Blue-Raspe more than 40 years ago still swim around in my mind. It was here at NMS that I first marched to the beat of music and where music came alive. I …

Notable Neighbors: Anna Wootton & Greg Bell

Each summer Audubon Arts brings a one-of-a-kind joy to Audubon Street for so many families. The program holds a special place in the summers of my family, too, as for almost fifteen years my own children, nieces and nephews, cousins, and children of close friends have attended. This year my youngest returns for his eighth summer. I am truly amazed …

Notable Neighbors: Linda Booz Klein & Istvan B’Racz

One of the most magical aspects of NMS is the number of students, faculty, and staff who have been part of the NMS community for decades. Today, we meet two long-time, cherished members of the NMS community: a student who first came to NMS in 1975, and a faculty member who first came to NMS when he was a child. …

NMS Covid-19 Guidelines for Fall 2021

Welcome Back We greatly look forward to the full return of in-person learning at Neighborhood Music School, beginning in September 2021. Joyful artistic experiences await us all. Over several months, we have carefully planned for the fall at NMS. We have worked from a foundation of listening to expert advice, collaborating with our community, and placing safety at the center …

How to Nurture Your Young Child’s Love of Music

Young children have an innate love of music, and parents can encourage that love to blossom and grow. When music becomes a part of everyday life and is incorporated into the family, there is a sense of familiarity that a child grows attached to. It’s all about having fun together and creating memories centered around music. Here are five ways …

Fall 2021 at NMS: An Initial Sense of What to Expect

Since March 2020, we have looked forward to the day when the NMS community can be together in person. It is finally possible to plan for that time. As we prepare for Fall 2021 at NMS, we’d like to provide you with an initial sense of our plans and what you can expect. We are excited to welcome all activities …

Notable Neighbors: Naomi Gitelman & Jeff Fuller

The NMS Ensemble program has an outstanding national reputation in the community arts world. Each week (pre-Covid) we ran 100+ different ensembles ranging from duos to large orchestras, steel pans to ragtime, from Bach to rock. Beginning musicians have opportunities to play music alongside professionals, while also sitting side-by-side with people from diverse backgrounds. As our own Grace Feldman says, …

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 …