Third Street Music School Settlement|
235 E. 11th St. (at 2nd Avenue)
New York, NY
Third Street Music School Settlement, the nation's oldest community music school, was founded in 1894 and has been changing lives and its community by providing access to world-class music instruction, regardless of a student's financial resources or ability. As part of the settlement movement of the mid-19th century in which young university graduates "settled" in poor, immigrant communities to improve the quality of life, Third Street originally employed live-in social workers and even gave baths to some children along with their music lessons. From its very inception, Third Street has been a home away from home for countless students, instilling within them a genuine sense of accomplishment and achievement. Third Street still serves a large immigrant community, and more than 75% of all students receive some type of financial assistance -- need-based financial aid, merit-based scholarships, and tuition-free/discounted instruction and enrichment programs. Over the course of 117 years, Third Street's programs have grown and earned a reputation for teaching excellence that now attracts students and families with diverse backgrounds from all over the New York area.
Now in its second century of service, the School provides instruction in music and dance to more than 5,000 students of all ages at its school on East 11th Street and through 28 partnerships with schools and community centers primarily on Manhattan's Lower East Side as well as Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. The School is known for its vibrant chamber music programs, its new focus on adult programming, and its commitment to woodwinds and brass instruction for pre-teen and teenage beginners. Third Street offers weekly after-school and Saturday music instruction (individual and group) in most instruments and voice, along with theory, composition, chamber music, ensembles and many performance activities. The School also offers dance classes in ballet, tap and hip hop; a variety of summer programs; and a range of music-centered early childhood programs, including a licensed preschool. And, as part of its educational mission and in service to the broader community, Third Street presents more than 250 free-to-the-public concerts and recitals by faculty, students and renowned guest artists each year.
Third Street Music School Settlement believes that music and dance transcend cultural and societal boundaries, inspiring togetherness, bringing people joy and enriching the communities in which they live. Access and exposure to the arts in an integral part of a thriving cultural community and a well-rounded education. To this end, Third Street strives to be a leader in arts learning both in the community and nationwide.
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