November 2018 Newsletter

November 2018 Newsletter

Thank you Rockland for voting us “Best Music Lessons for Kids” in Family Magazine 2 Years In A Row! Our students and their parents are what make us great! Read the article on our sister school, the Harrison School of Music on Page 22 of Family’s July 2018 issue here: https://issuu.com/downtownexpress/docs/westchesterfamily_2018_07_lo

How To Create Great Practicing Habits!
Many parents wonder how they can get their kids to practice more. As the Director of the school, and a father of two myself, I get asked this question a lot.  I have an answer, but it may be a little different than you expect.

1. Inspire, don’t require – Have you ever noticed that when you really, really want to do something, no one twists your arm to get it done? Both of my kids LOVE to read. They plow through books so fast that it makes my head spin. Am I requiring them to read? No, they really want to. Now, I am intentional about pointing out books and my wife  and I both model a love of reading. But we are certainly not forcing them to read books that they don’t want to. Instead, we often bring them to the library. We point out favorite books and suggest titles that look interesting. It’s the same with music. You can listen to Pandora, the radio, attend concerts, and explore YouTube together. Point out the music you enjoy and ask your kids what they like. Work on inspiring them and the practice WILL come!

2. Help them set up a plan – My son is a natural planner. He enjoys using checklists and using a planner. My daughter has  had to be taught. We are always working on establishing “daily routines” and using chore charts to make lists of what needs to get done each day. As you start a new school year, help your student establish a plan. Do you start school later in the morning? Could practicing happen in the morning? How about right after school? As a student myself, music helped me decompress and process what had happened throughout my day. I always played piano before I did any homework and it helped me re-center and focus. How about just before bed?  Helping your students set up a plan and a routine for practice will pay off!

3. Play music you love! – If your student seems to love lessons, but is disinterested in practicing at home, perhaps he/she needs new music! Be sure to stop in to lessons and discuss this with your teacher before or after the lesson! The teacher WANTS to partner with you and know what is going on at home! You can also email the front desk and we’ll get the message to your teacher (no direct texting , calling or emailing teachers is allowed at our school). Surprisingly, if the music is too easy, the student won’t want to practice, either. Be sure to sign up for the next recital. Having a goal to work towards always inspires the student to work hard! Just as if you were preparing for a 5K, the motivation to be ready for the big day is huge!

We want your student to love learning music! By making just a few tweaks (inspiring the student, setting up routines, and playing the right music), your lesson experience can be even better this year! We’re here to help, so let us know what you need. We are passionate about music education!

Please welcome our 76 NEW Students
who enrolled in September and October!

Dominique A.
Manu A.
Chloe A.
Jasmine A.
Aarush B.
Brandon B.
Sophia B.
Sydney B.
Elias B.
Jack B.
Declan B.
McKenzie B.
Owen B.
Matias C.
Arianna C.
Brianna C.
Spencer C.
Carter C.
Christopher C.
Marabel C.
Marc C.
Haylee C.
Isa D.
Leslie D.
Edmund F
Olivia F.
Aiyanna G.
Atara G.
Shlomo G.
Amour G.
Kasie G.
Daniel G.
Susan H.
Luc H.
Antonio H.
Deborah H.
Yuna H.
Brandon I.
Stella J.
Nicholas K.
Cooper K.
Freddie K.
Charlotte L.
Gabriel L.
Maia L.
Ralph L.
Matthew L.
Blake M.
Shoma N.
Merylin N.
Angel N.
Chloe N.
Caleb N.
Marckley N.
Chukwvemeka O.
Benjamin O.
Emma O.
Grace P.
Rozahira P.
Mia P.
Caroline P.
Kyna P.
Anna P.
Christopher R.
Kaylee R.
Martin S.
Uziel S.
Ellie S.
William S.
Thompson S.
Meredith S.
Frank V.
Madeline W.
Christian W.

Is YOUR Teacher Sold Out?

Many teachers have sold out. 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 November & December send an e-mail to office@harrisonmusicschool.com oroffice@newcitymusicschool.com. Or you can call the Harrison office at 914-698-1500 or the New City office at 845-499-2137.

Brian B – Thurs – ONE SPOT LEFT
James H: Sat: SOLD OUT

Don P.
Rossen N:  Mon & Wed: SOLD OUT
Andrew K: Mon: ONE SPOT LEFT 
Michael T: Tues: ONE SPOT LEFT

Hayley B: SOLD OUT
Meghan L.: Mon: ONE SPOT LEFT
Tamuz N: Mon: SOLD OUT

Jaime B
Taeko R: Tues: 1 SPOT LEFT

Saxophone/ Flute/ Clarinet:
Ben B:
 Mon & Tues:  SOLD OUT
Adam H: Wed: 1 SPOT LEFT
Ian B.: Mon: 1 SPOT LEFT



November 22nd – 25th – No Lessons

Student Photo Day
December 15th

December 16th

December Break:
December 23rd – 31st – No Lessons

New Year’s Day:
January 1st – No Lessons

February Break:
February 18 – 24 – No Lessons

Student Photo Day! Sign up at the front desk for a time to have your professional photo taken with your instrument at the school on Saturday, December 15th, 2018!

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 Jayson earned his Apprentice Wristband. He studies with Greta.

Pictured Above: Guitar Student Isabel earned her Song Bird Trophy. She studies with Nick.

Pictured Above: Guitar Student Giovanni earned his Rock Star Trophy and Wristband.  He studies with James.

Pictured Above: Guitar Student Sean earned his Vivace Wristband. He studies with Nick.

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

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 Johnston Family
The Bartolome Family
The Buccarelli Family
The Wagner Family
The Orzo Family
The Turaga Family
The Canter Family
The Grillo Family
The Pisano Family
The Klein Family
The Rinaldi Family
The Castaldo Family
The Haber Family
The McLeod Family
The Joseph Family
The Rocha Family
The Nair Family
The Curry Family
The Gaviola Family


Refer your friends to the Harrison & New City School of Music! When they sign up for lessons, as our way of saying THANK YOU, well give you AND them a $25 gift card to your choice of Amazon, Target or Fandango (movies)!  We’ll also enter you AND them into our grand prize drawing for a 3 Days/ 2 Night stay at Great Wolf Lodge in the beautiful Poconos of Pennsylvania!  Tell them to register now!  The drawing will take place on January 20th, 2019!


This is Stella, Amiya and Dhara’s new kitten. Stella loves playing with her new sisters.  She especially loves to play with shoelaces and running around the house! We are so happy to her her as part of our family.  Amiya & Dhara study piano with Hayley.

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!

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 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m to help accommodate your busy schedule!  Please see the front desk if you are interested in moving your lesson time to Sundays!

Did you see us in RocklandNYMom.com?

Check out this great first hand review from a local mom with her son studying drums with us at the New City School of Music!

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