Music School

Find online resources for musicians, students and teachers here.

New students can email music@greenwichhouse.org to get started with private video lessons for any instrument you have at home. 

Dear Greenwich House Music School community,

Due to the rapidly evolving and complex situation around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we have decided to temporarily close Greenwich House Music School. The building will close today, Friday, March 13 at 9 pm through Tuesday, March 31, 2020. We are also cancelling GHMS outreach programs at our local public schools and senior centers.

Even though, we do not have a report of infection within the Greenwich House community. We are closing out of an abundance of caution for our students, families, faculty, and staff at a time when city and state officials are universally recommending social distancing and limiting movement around New York City.

We can, however, utilize a variety of media to stay virtually connected and provide some continuity with music education and community engagement. At this moment in time, we are planning the following:

· Private lessons will be scheduled by faculty with their students through remote learning options such as Zoom, Facetime, or Skype. Your teacher will be in touch with you individually about how these will proceed.

· For our Music, Art & Play students, we will establish ways for them to communicate with their teachers and connect to online learning and arts resources.

· Stay connected to each other through our social media platforms, such as Facebook and Instagram.

GHMS continues to follow the recommendations provided by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), the New York City Department of Education, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We are carefully monitoring developments, and we will be issuing e-mail and website updates as necessary. At the very least, by April 1, we will re-evaluate the situation and reach back out to you with further information.

We ask that you please be patient with us during this time as we move to remote learning. This is all new territory for us. We are trying to keep all of our part-time staff and faculty on payroll during this shutdown. For this reason, we will be in touch at a later date regarding any credits and make-ups. If you have questions or concerns about this situation, please contact us at music@greenwichhouse.org. I sincerely hope these measures allow our community the space it needs to get the outbreak under control. I look forward to welcoming you back as soon as this crisis is over.

Stay healthy and be well.

Rachel Black

Director

Greenwich House Music School

Since 1905, Greenwich House Music School (GHMS) has provided high-quality, affordable arts education for New Yorkers of all ages. The goal of Greenwich House Music School is to teach students the beauty and transformative power of music, art, dance and theater. The distinguished faculty works to ensure students have the opportunity to experience these programs through private lessons, classes, workshops and monthly recitals. Each year GHMS provides $50,000 in scholarships for students on the basis of need and merit, as well as for public school outreach programs. In addition to educating its students, GHMS serves the community with a wide spectrum of concerts in its Renee Weiler Concert Hall, hosts education workshops and meetings for local civic and cultural organizations, and provides affordable rehearsal and performance space for local musicians.

The School has played an important part in the careers and lives of tens of thousands of students. Being at the center of New York’s downtown arts scene allows for an array of renowned artists to perform at the school. Past guests have included John Cage, Henry Cowell, Edgar Varèse, and more recently Hilary Hahn, David Amram, Morton Subotnick and Meredith Monk. Uncharted, a community concert series produced every spring by GHMS gives artists a safe space to take risks or work out new collaborations. Uncharted alumni include Aaron Diehl, Brianna Thomas, Marc Ribot, Sofia Rei, Michael Daves and Dan Tepfer.

You can find the catalogue for the 2019/20 school year here for an overview of the programming at GHMS.

GHMS is a member of the New York City Coalition of Community Schools of the Arts and The National Guild of Community Arts Education.