Unleash Rhythm, Empower Leadership:
Dance and Music Transforming Lives

How to ApplyCómo aplicar

Neighborhood Music School’s Developing and Empowering Leadership Through the Arts (DELTA) Program provides New Haven Public Schools (NHPS) students in grades 6-12 a tuition-free opportunity to foster their artistic expression, grow their leadership skills, build community, and develop life skills that support success in school and beyond.

DELTA is open to NHPS students in grades 6-12 who have a household family income of $75,000 or less, and who have an interest in the performing arts. Students apply by submitting an application and a Proof of Self Investment; no auditions are required.

Students are accepted into the DELTA Music Pathway or the DELTA Dance & Drama Pathway. All DELTA Students receive a highly engaging performing arts education, as well as arts-based leadership training, at Neighborhood Music School (NMS) at no cost.

Students benefit from their participation in DELTA, and so do their schools. DELTA Students bring the artistic and leadership skills they learn at DELTA into their NHPS classrooms every week, supporting the work of teachers throughout New Haven.

It is our hope that we will not only learn from the varied skills and interests of DELTA students but provide them with enriching experiences while gaining a deeper understanding of their unique identities and communities. We are here to support DELTA students as they move forward in their artistic journeys.

The Five Pillars of DELTA

Personal Development
Artistic Achievement
School and Career Success
Building Community


Please contact DELTA Program Coordinator Briana Louis at or 203-624-5189, extension 32, for more information.

The NMS DELTA Program is funded in part by The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven; State of CT Department of Economic & Community Development; The Barnes Foundation; Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation; and D'Addario Foundation.