Welcome (back) to NMS!!! Whether you’ve been coming here for decades, or you’re just embarking on your journey, we’re so glad that you have chosen to take part in our unique learning community. We love to see the hallways at 100 Audubon bustling with students, families and faculty once again!
What’s new at NMS as we kick off another academic year? I couldn’t possibly fit everything into a single email, but here are some highlights!
DISCOUNTS FOR YOU:
Why do I launch into my “what’s new?” update by highlighting discounts that have been around for quite some time? Because I’m certain that they’ll be news for so many of you. As I speak with even our most devoted student families, I’m frequently surprised to learn how many are unaware of the generous multi-activity discounts available to them!
For example, did you know that a student taking individual lessons automatically receives a 25% discount toward almost any NMS ensemble, and 50% for any NMS dance or wellness class? That students taking a dance/wellness class receive 50% off any additional dance/wellness class? Or that parents of students taking individual lessons (or enrolled in our preschool) receive 25% off of a dance/wellness class?
The intent of these discounts isn’t merely promotional – it’s also pedagogical. We believe that certain activities are mutually reinforcing. For example, studying dance will improve your musical rhythm and phrasing. Studying yoga will free your breathing, strengthen concentration, and reduce the risk of repetitive stress injury. Playing in an ensemble motivates us to practice by unlocking the joy of making music with others, while also improving our listening skills and our awareness of tone color and dynamics.
So please take a moment to review ALL of our discounts, and find out which ones you might be eligible to receive by visiting our discounts page.
NEW FACES / NEW ROLES
Over the summer, we welcomed some friendly new faces, and supported some familiar faces moving into new positions.
Beloved NMS teacher Mary Bloom, formerly our Head of Music Education, now holds the title of Director of Education, responsible for ensuring the quality and consistency of the educational experience across all NMS programs and departments. Mary will grapple with topics such as instructional technology, student assessment, and faculty hiring and development– among many others. The evolution of Mary’s position will help us safeguard our most important attribute – the quality of our teaching. In order to facilitate Mary’s expanded portfolio, we will be launching a search for a new Piano Department Chair.
In Student Services, we welcomed back Catherine Ray as our New Student Advisor. In this newly created role, Catherine will serve as the initial point of contact for all new students, ushering them into our broad range of offerings and guiding them toward best fit activities and faculty, and supporting them through their first year of study.
Over the past year, Amanda Harang has overseen rapid growth at our Guilford location, working effectively with both faculty and student families. Last month, Amanda added the title of Individual Lesson Coordinator to her position as Guilford Branch Coordinator, and expanded to full-time hours. Amanda’s primary responsibility on Audubon Street will be to coordinate returning student and faculty schedules for individual lessons, ensuring that scheduling-related communication is timely and clear.
In July, Crystal Neuhauser took the helm of our Development operations as Director of Philanthropic Partnerships. A graduate of ECA and a former professional actor who went on to a distinguished development career in higher education, Crystal believes passionately in the power of the arts to teach important life skills and create opportunities. She has already made her presence felt with her infectious positive energy and deep expertise (not to mention her extravagant homemade desserts!).
Professional opera singer and Yale School of Music alum Aaron Sorensen has joined Crystal’s team as Development Associate. If you hear the rumble of a deep bass voice… that’ll be Aaron.
Aaron replaces Brandon Gallego, who has moved over to Finance as Bookkeeper. Brandon is supporting Shantel Garcia, who joined NMS late last year as Financial Controller, and who will be promoted to Director of Finance & Administration after her return from maternity leave in December.
Now entering its second year, our After School Arts Academy has expanded to 4 days per week and doubled in enrollment. This unique program combines creative instruction in music, dance, drama, and film with a personal development component. Students have an opportunity explore their personal learning styles, and to develop important skills such as collaboration, communication and growth mindset. Supported by our generous donors, ASAA is tuition free for families earning less than $75,000 per year, and offers a sliding scale for those with a household income up to $100,000. Diverse by design, the program brings together kids from across the socioeconomic spectrum, and a variety of backgrounds and experiences. To make participation even more accessible, we will be adding after-school transportation to NMS from select New Haven Public Schools.
ASAP – As many of you know, over the past few months, we switched to a new software platform for registration and billing. Thank you for bearing with us as we worked out the kinks that unavoidably accompany a move of this type. We hope that you now find our online registration easier to navigate, and your invoice easier to understand.