New Amsterdam Musical Association

New Amsterdam Musical Association

Tucked away in the basement of an unassuming brownstone on 130th Street is an exhilarating find for Harlem’s music aficionados. Every Monday, the New Amsterdam Musical Association holds open mic nights, where anyone is welcome to join in and perform. When the Manhattan Sideways team and I visited during … read more

Manhattan School of Music

601 West 122nd Street
New York, NY 10027
212 749 2802
msmnyc.edu

Bloomingdale School of Music

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323 West 108th Street
New York, NY 10025
212 663 6021
bsmny.org
Bloomingdale School of Music

What makes the Bloomingdale School of Music unique is an “openness to anyone who comes.” I spoke to Erika Floreska, the director, who described the school’s diverse student body to me: ten percent are in early childhood classes and ten percent are adults, with the rest of the participants filling in … read more

Daniel's Music Foundation

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Daniel's Music Foundation

Through the power of music, Daniel’s Music Foundation (DMF) has been helping individuals with disabilities to learn, socialize, and, simply, have a great time. In the words of Daniel Trush, the brave inspiration and force behind the foundation, DMF is all about music and “letting people shine.” In 1997, … read more

Nancy Piano

313 East 95th Street
New York , NY 10128
646 759 0934
nancypiano.com
Hours:
M-F 10am-8pm

Bomaa

337 East 81st Street
Downstairs
New York, NY 10028
212 288 2006
bomaa.nyc
Hours:
See website for class schedule

School of Rock NYC

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439 East 75th Street
New York, NY 10021
212 249 7625
nyc.schoolofrock.com
Hours:
M-Th 12pm-8pm; F 12pm-7pm; Sa 11am-6pm
Other Locations:
Multiple
School of Rock NYC

It is no surprise that School of Rock NYC chose to open a location on East 75th Street in 2012. The block is teeming with families and is home to a wealth of creative neighbors, including two dance schools. Founded by Paul Green in the 1990s, the school has inspired both a film and a musical. On a daily … read more

Center for Family Music: East Side West Side Music Together

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102 West 75th Street
Downstairs
New York, NY 10023
212 496 1242
eswsmusictogether.com
Hours:
Please contact the Center for class schedules
Center for Family Music: East Side West Side Music Together

When I visited the Center for Family Music, the home of East Side West Side Music Together, a class was just getting started. Danny, one of the program’s talented instructors, was leading a room full of toddlers and adults in a welcome song. Everyone sang “Hello everybody, so glad to see you,” … read more

Silver Music

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218 West 72nd Street
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10023
212-600-0212
silvermusic.org
Hours:
Please call for class schedules
Other Locations:
45 Tiemann Place
Silver Music

One of the first things children are taught to say at Silver Music is “I like chocolate ice cream.” While this may seem like a way to enhance a kid’s sweet tooth, it is actually a clever method of teaching one of the primary rhythms of the Suzuki method. “We used to have ice cream parties at the end … read more

New York Conservatory of Music

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321 East 69th Street
New York, NY 10021
212 717 9590
nyconservatoryofmusic.org
New York Conservatory of Music

Jerzy and Joanna Stryjniak, the founders of the New York Conservatory of Music, recited their story to me like an oft-told children’s fairytale. Jerzy made his first trip to the United States in January 1990. He had been dreaming of escaping Communist Poland for years, especially since receiving a Fulbright … read more