Notable Neighbors: Zaliyah Clyburn-Wilson & Zach Polson

Trial and Error, Trial and Repetition, But Never Make the Error of Omission -Vince Penzarella When I was in college, I had the great fortune of spending several years under the mentorship of Vince Penzarella, from the NY Philharmonic. He was known as a master pedagogue who could fix many of the technical problems that young trumpeters like me often …

Notable Neighbors: Lena Janiga & Hanan Hameen

In today’s installment of Notable Neighbors, we focus on the intergenerational magic that happens at NMS. One of the unique aspects of our school is that it has served people of all ages for over 100 years, and this takes on a very special meaning when it happens within one family. At many of our events throughout the year we find our …

Notable Neighbors: Nick Platoff & Jose Lara

Of all of the types of instruments, brass instruments are among the most physical to play. As a young developing musician, brass players spend years diligently training the embouchure to produce a sound by coordinating hundreds of muscles in the face, tongue and body. Being prepared to physically play the instrument is critical. Colds, salty foods, and other challenges can take …

Notable Neighbors: Joséphine Borne & Tracey Albert

Joséphine Borne has found a musical home at Neighborhood Music School. Joséphine, age 10, joined our community in 2017, and she has joyfully embraced every opportunity to make music at NMS. “I have studied piano, violin, and recorder at NMS,” said Joséphine. “I have done recitals, the Young Artist Diploma Program, Grace Feldman‘s Beginning Baroque Ensemble, and also a Play-In with …

Notable Neighbors: Orla and Mito Mardin & Cynthia Eggers

“Per ben suonare bisogna ben cantare…” To play well you must sing well. Giuseppe Tartini 1692-1770 By no means am I a singer, but singing was a huge part of my music education journey. In every area of my musical study (trumpet, jazz, composition, etc.) all of my most inspiring teachers made me sing my music, because they fully understood …

Introducing: Notable Neighbors!

Diversity, as in variety, is an important element of growth. To get enough nutrients to sustain our bodies, we are told to eat vegetables of every color. We must play a variety of repertoire in order to develop into well-rounded musicians. Choreographers learn to use many different spaces and levels – high and low, left and right – as they …

Important: Spring at Neighborhood Music School

Dear NMS Community, Thank you for your patience and continued support of NMS  as we have all coped with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Your adaptability, resilience, and goodwill are deeply appreciated.   Throughout the time our building has been closed, we have closely monitored evolving city and state guidelines and consulted with public health experts about our plans for the …

Meguru

Over the last few months, our NMS community has come together with students and faculty from Cooperative Arts Magnet High School and High School in the Community to create this beautiful online ensemble. Arranged by Tom Duffy, conductor of the Greater New Haven Youth Orchestra at NMS, Meguru is a traditional African hymn of humble supplication asking for divine help, …

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 …