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February 2018 Newsletter

How Do You Know Which Instrument To Choose?

There’s a lot of discussion out there about choosing activities for your kids. How do you know if music is right for your child?

First of all, I think we are all musical to some degree. Even if you aren’t able to play a specific instrument, we can all enjoy listening to music and everyone know music changes the mood of a TV show or movie! (For example: “This is Us” – cue the crying!)

There are a couple tips and tricks to choosing the right instrument for your child:

1. Are they showing interest? Don’t ignore their requests. They may innately “know” that they are destined to play the violin or drums or another specific instrument.

2.  Are you exposing them to a variety of kinds of music? Look up different bands and classical music on YouTube. Does anything make them light up with joy?

3. Start with piano. If your child is younger (age 5 – 8), piano is always a great place to start. It’s easy to begin and the student will learn the foundations of music, which will transfer to any instrument.

I remember being 6 years old watching my dad play the piano. I thought ot myself, “I want to do that.” And I did.

We’ve had several students at the schools over the years start with one instrument because their parents wanted them to, and then they switched to the instrument THEY wanted, and sure enough, now they play BOTH instruments and love both! Kids know what they want. Trust your kids with their own intuition!

Scared about loud drums No worries, Electric kits will give you the luxury of headphones while your kid practices! In fact, we have “beginner” options for all the instruments do you don’t have to make a huge investment upfront to get started in lessons. Let’s get you started. Let’s see where the path leads!


February Break
Feb 20 – 25 – No Lessons

April Break
April 1st – 8th – No Lessons

Memorial Day
May 27th – 29th – No Lessons

Sunday, June 10th @ Union Arts Center

Independence Day
July 4 – 8 – No Lessons

Celebrating Student Achievement – The Musical Ladder System®

The Harrison and New City School of Music are the only music schools in Westchester and Rockland Counties that gives their students the opportunity to earn special color wristband bracelets (kids and teens love them!), trophies AND certificates for passing musical tests with the Musical Ladder System®. Do other schools offer trophies and certificates? A few. But none of them inspire their students with smiling faces by giving them full color, really cool “Musical Ladder System®” wristbands that they can show off to their friends.

More importantly when our students have a test coming up, they practice more, their parents are proud, their teachers are proud, and everybody wins!

Pictured Above: Piano Student Jacob earned his 7 Year Adept Trophy. He studies with Colby.

Pictured Above: Guitar Student Ryan earned his Rockstar Trophy and Wristband. He studies with Jessica.

Pictured Above: Piano Student Lily earned her Champion Trophy. She studies with Jaime.

Pictured Above:Piano Student Phoebe earned her Master Trophy. She studies with Marian.


We LOVE Referrals!

We’d like to take a minute to say THANK YOU to these families who referred NEW families to the Harrison School of Music and New City School of Music.

The Osbourn Family
The Buccarelli Family
The Castaldo Family
The Canter Family
The Gaviola Family
The Glezer Family
The Grillo Family
The George Family
The Roldan Family
The Vincent Family
The Mathew Family
The McLeod Family
The Pisano Family
The Sookvibul Family
The Turaga Family
The Raihan Family
The Williams Family
The Wagner FamilyThe Nair FamilyThe Nair FamilyThe Eiff FamilyEvery time you refer a new student to the Harrison School of Music or the New City School of Music, we will also give you your choice of a $25 gift card to Amazon, Target or Fandango to say THANK YOU for your referral!

FROZEN: The Broadway Musical!

We are very excited to announce that our next referral raffle prize will be 2 Tickets to Disney’s Newest Broadway Musical: Frozen!  This show has not even debuted yet, and the first 6 months of performances are already SOLD OUT! But we have 2 tickets we’ll be raffling off!! Entering the contest is EASY!

All you have to do is refer your friends or family members to the New City School of Music.  For every friend or family member who registers for lessons with us before April 15th, 2018, we’ll not only give you and them a $25 Amazon Gift card to say THANK YOU, but we’ll also enter BOTH you and your friend in to our drawing for 2 tickets to see Frozen: The Broadway Musical!

The drawing will be held on April 15th, 2018. There’s no limit to the number of entries!  The more friends and family members you refer who sign up for lessons with us, the more chances you’ll have to win!

Thank you so much for your referrals! Referrals really are our highest compliment!

Is YOUR Teacher Sold Out?

Many teachers have sold out between 3:00pm and 8:30pm. If you need a schedule change or would like to be added to a waiting list for a particular teacher, day or time, please contact any of our office staff team, and they can add you to the waiting list. If you are not a student yet, there are still limited lessons spots available. To inquire about openings for February & March send an e-mail to or Or you can call the Harrison office at 914-698-1500 or the New City office at 845-499-2137.

A partial list of teachers with waiting lists:

VJ B: Mon & Wed.- 1 SPOT LEFT
Brian B: Tuesdays & Thursdays- SPACE LIMITED
Kevin S
. – Mondays / Thursdays – 1 Spot Left

Michael T:Tues: 1 SPOT LEFT
Andrew K: Mon: 1 SPOT LEFT / Tues: SPOT LEFT
Don P: Saturdays – 2 SPOTS LEFT
Josh T: Thursdays – 1 SPOT LEFT

Greta M.: Mon, Thurs & Fri: SOLD OUT
Nicole L: Tues  –  1 SPOTS LEFT
Kristina K: Mon & Fri – 1 SPOT LEFT / Thurs: 2 SPOTS LEFT
Samantha F: – Wed – 1 SPOT LEFT
Meghan L.: Mon & Tues – 2 SPOTS LEFT!
Jaime B:

Taeko R: Tues: SOLD OUT
Emily S: Tues & Thurs:  SPACE LIMITED
Bob Y: Sat. – 1 SPOT LEFT


Lauren J:
Thursdays – 1 SPOT LEFT
Emily S:
Fridays & Saturdays – SPACE LIMITED
Querube G
.: Saturdays – SPACE LIMITED
Stephanie C:  Fridays – SPACE LIMITED

Saxophone/ Flute/ Clarinet:
Ben B: Mondays – 1 SPOT LEFT / Tuesdays – SOLD OUT
Adam H. – Wednesdays: 1 SPOT LEFT
Jessica L: Saturdays: SPACE LIMITED
Kate A.: Wed & Fri – SOLD OUT

Pet Of The Month

Mika is a shiba inu and is 10 years young.  She is a very cat-like dog who likes to keep clean, loves long naps and demands attention.  She loves running around in the snow and does not like hot Summer days.  We often say “the force is strong with Mika” because she has a very commanding look and often gets everyone to do what she wants lol.  She’s a unique puppy and we all love her very much!

Email us a picture of you and your pet and a brief story about your pet, and you could be chosen as our next pet of the month! If you are chosen, you’ll receive a $25 retail credit to use towards books or musical supplies at the school!