How to Nurture Your Young Child’s Love of Music

Most adults know there are so many benefits to having a love for music. This sense of comfort and appreciation for music doesn’t just suddenly arrive spontaneously. Children acquire a taste for it, just like learning to love applesauce. When music becomes a part of everyday life and is incorporated into the family, there is a sense of familiarity that …

How Much Do Music Lessons Cost?

The honest answer: it depends. Music teachers range from college music students to working musicians trying to make some extra money teaching on the side, to experienced and well-trained professional music teachers. As you might imagine, music lessons taught by a professional teacher cost more than lessons taught by a college student. What Questions Should I Ask About a Teacher? …

“Such a lovely, happy place”

When her son, James, displayed an uncanny talent for playing violin at just five years old, Virginia Sharene Solomon wanted to do everything possible to help him follow his passion, although she knew music lessons would be expensive. Luckily, James’s school music teacher recommended that he apply for financial aid at NMS. Virginia decided it was a can’t-miss opportunity and he began taking lessons, eventually …

Looking Out for Lea

For NMS parents Christa and Mike Doran, the unimaginable became reality this past August when their six-year-old daughter Lea, a former NMS preschool student, was diagnosed with a high-grade diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), a rare and inoperable brain tumor. Approximately 300 children are diagnosed with DIPG in the United States each year, usually between the ages of 5 and …

A Look At Jazz I Law, Life & Culture

Our very own Director of Programs, Noah Bloom and Jazz Department Chair, Jesse Hameen II were interviewed by Betsy Kim last week on her show Law, Life & Culture. Check out the interview below!

Fund for New Refugees

Neighborhood Music School is pleased to announce the establishment of a new endowment fund, the “Welcome to the Neighborhood Fund for New Refugees,” which will support arts education opportunities at NMS for refugee families settled in the greater New Haven region. The fund will also encourage refugee musicians to perform and offer instruction in traditional music from their countries of …

Once a Student, Now a Teacher

Faculty member Rebecca Raffaelli says that hearing from former students is a wonderful perk of her job teaching piano here at NMS. She remembers her student Megan Prescott-Ezickson as a, kind, eager and undaunted musician, soaking up knowledge every chance she got and accepting challenges without hesitation. “I remember her humility and her open-mindedness,” Rebecca says. “And she was always …