The Manhattan School of Music Arts-in-Education program prepares students to be effective artist-educators by offering pedagogical instruction and practical teaching experience in New York City schools.

Our commitment to arts education in New York City remains central to the mission of the School. More than 2,100 New York City schoolchildren participate annually in our outreach program.

Orchestra Residency

Manhattan School of Music student chamber ensembles introduce schoolchildren to the different instrument families (grades preK-3). Interactive performances include “American Music” and “Music from Around the World.”

Opera Residency

Manhattan School of Music student singers present a sequential series of opera and musical theater productions to students in grades K-5. The program culminates with an Amato Opera-in-Brief performance in each participating school.

The Sally and Anthony Amato Program

Jazz Residency

Manhattan School of Music jazz musicians perform and present concepts such as improvisation, swing, and groove to students in grades K-5.

Instrumental and Choral Instruction

Manhattan School of Music student teachers instruct beginner and intermediate instrumental and choral classes at our partner schools (grades 4-12). The instrumental program includes instruction in Afro-Cuban percussion, cello, clarinet, double bass, drum set, flute, guitar, keyboard, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, viola, and violin. All participants present a culminating end-of-year recital.

Music Teaches is supported, in part, by a grant from the D’Addario Foundation.

Community Engagement

The Manhattan School of Music Community Engagement program provides students an opportunity to present inspirational and interactive performances to diverse audiences in hospitals, senior living residences, hospices, and other community centers in New York City, sharing the healing power of music as medicine. In many cases, performances are presented to underserved communities and to those who are unable to attend musical performances on their own. Through the program, students are able to expand their performance techniques for diverse audiences in nontraditional concert settings.

Performance Partnerships

Each year, approximately 200 Manhattan School of Music students participate in the Community Engagement program through partnerships with New York organizations including:

  • Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
  • Corpus Christi Church
  • Great Neck Library
  • Jewish Association for Services for the Aged
  • Jewish Home and Hospital, Lifecare
  • Marble Collegiate Church
  • National Council of Jewish Women
  • New York Botanical Garden
  • Riverside Park
  • Temple Shaaray Tefila
  • Westchester Meadows
  • YAI-National Institute for People with Disabilities
  • 92nd St Y