JANUARY 2021 Newsletter
Video update from Director Samuel Faraci. Click to view.

January 2021 Update

Hey everyone, it’s Samuel Faraci here, Director of the Harrison School of Music and New City School of Music. I’m here with another video update. We appreciate your feedback and that you’ve been enjoying these video updates. We want to let you know what’s going on here at the schools and the latest and greatest.

One of the things we’re very excited about is as everyone has seen, vaccines have started to go out. I do realize there’s still a long road ahead of us, but I wanted to stress the positive – that’s my job here as the Director of the schools is to stress the positive, look for the light and look for the future and that’s what we’re going to do. We’ve very excited and encouraged by that news and very happy that’s in motion.

I also wanted to talk about our new pledge. I created a pledge, typed it up, and I had everyone here in the office, and even myself, I signed it – and what it says that we as a team, a school and an institution pledge to be safe. To stay 6 feet apart, to wear masks, use hand sanitizer, wash hands – and pledging to stay safe throughout this and not get slack – we’re going to finish strong.


Part of finishing strong, is continuing to provide PPE – we have free for you as our clients - plenty of masks available if you forget yours, plenty of hand sanitizer, soap, antimicrobial shower curtains, and bell covers for wind instruments.


Parents, you’ll be very excited to know - We’re also bringing back the practice champ challenge Musical Ladder® wristbands. The way this works – get with your teacher ask them what the criteria is – but if your child practices enough they get one of these great wristbands. It’s a great way to get them incentivized, get them excited about practicing – it’s not a participation award – they have to earn it – they have to practice enough. So get with your teacher ask them about the practice champ challenge and they can get one of these great practice champ wristbands. And again, practice champ is part of the Musical Ladder System® program, which just received 9 patents from the US Patent and Trademark office.

I’d like to give a big welcome to all of our new students. If it’s your first time with us, welcome, we’re so excited that at both locations every single day new students have been signing up at New City and Harrison. So welcome - We have plenty of new students from ages 4 to 84.


If you’re new to us, be sure to pick up a copy of my book “The Definitive Guide To Music Lessons”. This is free for our clients – it’s got lots of great information. Our family safety plan, what to expect from practice, how recitals work, instrument specific stuff – so be sure to grab your free copy from the desk. If you’re a current student or you’re just interested in lessons and watching this – feel free to come by and we’ll give you a free copy too so you can know more about how we can help you.


We’re so excited for 2021 for the return of live music. I’m so excited that over Memorial Day Weekend in May – we’re hitting the road. Our students and teachers will be performing at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland Ohio. How cool is that. If you want your child to perform, or yourself at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – be sure to contact the office and we can give you more information so you can go and say “Hello Cleveland”.


We’re also excited that January 22nd, 2021 brings the 10 year anniversary of the Harrison School of Music. What started out as myself giving music lessons has turned into over 600 students taking weekly lessons with us. We’ve got some exciting things going on at the Harrison School of Music in preparation for our 10 year anniversary which we’re really looking forward to. It’s been an incredible 10 years of making music with you!


I want to end by giving some 3 big thank yous. Students#1 thank you - you are the heros of 2020. You are the ones that have stood by us so thank you, thank you, thank you students for taking lessons with us both in person and online. We were hybrid before hybrid was cool – we offered

Skype and Facetime, we’ve done it for years, and we’re going to continue to offer it after – so it’s always your choice if you want to come in person or online. We’re so excited to see more and more students coming back for in person lessons and just thank you students for sticking with us. You are the heros of 2020 and we greatly appreciate you.

I want to thank all of our teachers. They’ve been working so hard to do virtual recitals, virtual lessons, in person lessons. They’ve made it work, they’ve done an A+ job – so thank you teachers thank you thank you for all you’ve done in 2020 and on to 2021!


And of course a huge thank you to our office team. Our office team has been working tirelessly to get everyone where they need to be with their lesson reminders, virtual recitals, musical ladder, and of course the in person lessons. Dimi, Anita, Jaleesa, Natalia and Kiara – thank you so much for all your hard work you’ve done this year, we could not have done it without you.


Here’s to a great 2021 and making music with you at the Harrison School of Music and New City School of Music.

The New City School of Music has been recognized as a Safe Music School from the national Safe Music Schools organization. We pledge to continue to do our part to stop the spread of Covid-19. New City School of Music is the first and only music lesson teaching facility in the area to have received this national recognition!
Please vote for our sister school, the Harrison School of Music in the 2021 Westchester Magazine "Best of Westchester" contest in the Music School category! Entries are due by January 20th! Click the link below to be taken to the ballot!


Let's start the new year with giving a BIG Musical WELCOME to our NEW Students who enrolled in December!

Justin A.

Lilith A

Lily A.

Iryna B

Mark Anthony B.

Rosa Cecilia B.

Jychaelle B.

Althia C.

Danny D.

Raymonde E.

Joseph F.

Craig F.

Phoebe F.

Joseph H.

Grace J.

James J.

Emma K.

Anastasia L

Owen P.

John R.

Lillian R.

Jennie R.

Talia S.

Bolar S.

Lelle S.

Nandor S.

Raymond T.

Aanya T.

Wendy V.

Kevin V.

Layla W.

Ayelet Y.

Noa Y.

Winter 2021 Recital
Jan 31 - Virtual Recital on YouTube

Mid-Winter Break
Feb 14 - 18 - No Lessons

Spring Break
March 29th - April 4th - No Lessons

Destination Recital
May 30 - Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

June Recital
June - TBA

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 Top Left: Violin student, Natusa, earned her vivace (18 month) wristband.
Pictured Top Right: Piano student, Enea, earned her Apprentice (3 Month) trophy.
Pictured Bottom Left: Piano student, Riley, earned her Master (36 Months) trophy & wristband.
Pictured Bottom Right: Drum student, Noah, earned his Apprentice (3 Month) wristband. 

Be on the lookout in next month's news and on our Facebook & Instagram pages for more great pics of our award winning students!

To learn more about how the system can help your child to get better grades, improved confidence, and self esteem and more, please email us at office@harrisonmusicschool.com or office@newcitymusicschool.com

Destination Recital 2021
We're holding our first ever Destination Recital at the Rock & Roll Hal of Fame in Cleveland Ohio!  Students from the New City School of Music will rock the stage among their rock heros in the birthplace of Rock & Roll on Sunday May 30, 2021! Visit our web page for full details or to sign up: www.NewCityMusicSchool.com/RockAndRoll2020

Now Offering Lessons 7 Days Per Week! 

We know how busy our families are with SO many activities during the week, so we are now open on Sundays for lessons from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m to help accommodate your busy schedule!  Please see the front desk if you are interested in moving your lesson time to Sundays!
14 North Main Street
New City, NY 10956


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