How To Measure Student Progress 

Student success is highlighted during recitals and through achievement programs, such as the Musical Ladder System®. Be sure to communicate regularly with your teacher and listen in on the last five minutes of your child’s lesson.


After every lesson, teachers should give parents a sheet with the teacher’s practice notes, and consider them as an indication of your child’s progress.One of the best things a child can do is to practice their instrument at home. If they are young or new to the instrument, their practice sessions may last from five to ten minutes at first. As time goes on and the child improves, they may eventually practice for 20 or 30 minutes.


Consider this: If your hobby is golf, and you get busy for two weeks and can’t play, are you going to throw your golf club in the lake and forget about it? Or are you going to resume when your schedule permits? Children deserve the same respect and level of patience that you would give yourself.


There are currently 115 schools in the U.S. and Canada that utilize the Musical Ladder System® with their students. The Musical Ladder System® allows for children to see breakthroughs in their progress every three months. It’s important for kids to be rewarded at certain levels so that they’re continually engaged and motivated to perform better each week.


To make sure that your child is progressing in their skills, follow my three-step action plan:


1. Ensure your child takes achievement tests every three months.

2. Allow your child to participate in recitals every six months.

3. Pop into the last five minutes of the lesson as often as you can.


This is a helpful action plan for any parent to follow during their child’s musical journey. As a parent, you will be supportive enough if you follow these three steps. This requires faith in your teacher’s curriculum and trust in the school’s administration.


If you follow these steps and discover that you aren’t happy with the results, then find a different teacher at the school to work with your child. At the end of the day, parents need to trust the process and feel good about it. Take it from someone who has been in the industry for a long time, the process is incredibly strong and can allow for the parent and child to be happy. Parents from all backgrounds—whether it’s a small business, corporate America, or military—can value being held accountable for one’s work. We incorporate this philosophy into our curriculum.

~ Samuel Faraci, M.M.

Please welcome our 38 NEW Students who registered in October!


Hiroaki B.

Benjamin B.

Milton B.

Malka D.

Xavier D.

Craig F.

Savannah G.

Rina G.

Catarina H.

Soraya H.

Violet J.

Sophia K.

Lila L.

Max L.

Matthew L.

Isabel L.

Laura L.

Beata L.

Lukas L.

Paige M.


Alexis M.

Leora M.

Kayla M.

Gia P.

Olivia P.

James P.

Barbara Q.

Lulu R.

Nicholas R.

Kelsey S.

Liam S.

Nicholas S.

Joshua S.

Dylan S.

Aerin T.

Manuel V.

Ryan Z.

Michael Z.

How The Grillo Sisters Grew Their Confidence Through Music Lessons

"We want to take piano lessons"

That's what sisters Naomi (now age 13) and Lila Grillo (now age 10) said to their mom Valerie back in 2014.Valerie researched and found the New City School of Music which was just opening at that time.After speaking with school Director Samuel Faraci, the girls signed up for lessons. They were very first two students to sign up for lessons when the school opened 5 years ago.

The New City School of Music was the girls' first experience taking music lessons in their lives.Since 2014, both sisters have studied continually with the school.Naomi has moved from piano lessons to voice lessons to help her be better prepared for her school musicals and drama club.Naomi's favorite piece to sing is "This is Gospel" because she put in a lot of effort to be able to perform the piece perfectly.Naomi is enjoying the payoff for her hard work.

Lila's favorite piece to play on the piano and sing is "My Favorite Things".Lila says that "It was a pretty hard song to play, but I memorized all of the notes in both piano and voice. This song taught me how to play solfege on the piano so that I can now memorize songs easier."

Lila's favorite piece to play on the piano and sing is "My Favorite Things".Lila says that "It was a pretty hard song to play, but I memorized all of the notes in both piano and voice. This song taught me how to play solfege on the piano so that I can now memorize songs easier."

Naomi says that taking lessons at the New City School of Music has helped her to grow as a performer and singer. "I am much more confident now when performing than when I started." Lila says that "I'm really good at piano now that I've been playing it for so long and working on harder pieces. In voice, I have learned how to hit higher notes than I could before I started voice lessons."

About the New City School of Music the sisters both say:"We love taking lessons at the New City School of Music. We really like how our teacher teaches us both voice and piano; she helps us with our technique. The staff are so nice, Anita and Jaleesa are always very helpful.  We look forward to the recitals,  they allow us to show the pieces we have been working hard on."


Back by popular demand is our Referral Contest for a 90 Minute Massage at Massage Envy!

How to enter? It's SIMPLE!

Just tell your friends and family members about the New City School of Music.  When they register for lessons before November 15th 2019 and mention your name at registration, you will be entered into our raffle to win a 90 minute massage!

PLUS, we'll give YOU a $25 gift card as our way of saying THANK YOU for you referral as well as entering your name into the raffle!
THANK YOU Rockland for voting us "Best Music Lessons" 3 years in a row in Westchester Family Magazine!  

You can see the results online here:


Thanksgiving Break:
November 27th - 30th - No Lessons

December Recital:
December 1st - Union Arts Center

December Break 
December 24th - 31st - No Lessons

January Break
January 1st - 2nd - No Lessons

February Break
February 16th - 21st - No Lessons
Now offering Video Based Lessons!

In order to better serve you and maintain momentum with lessons, we're excited to announce that we are now offering Video-Based Lessons!

If the weather is unsafe or you're not feeling well, or if you have a tight schedule, you don't have to miss your lesson!

Please talk to our staff about details, and please discuss with your teacher if video-based lessons are appropriate for you!

Please remember, if you are sick, please stay home! We have unlimited make-ups and never need 24 hours notice of absences! We can do a video-lesson to you at HOME during your regular lesson time. Share MUSIC, not germs!

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: Piano Student KC earned his Superior Wristband.
Pictured Top Right: Piano Student Victoria earned her Songbird Trophy and Wristband.
Pictured Bottom Left: Piano Student Julia earned her Songbird (1 Year) Trophy and Wristband.
Pictured Bottom Right: Piano Student Yuemeng earned her Prima (5 Year) Trophy and 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

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 Ekizian Family
The Paniccia Family
The Sagman Family
The Jean Family
The Harris Family
The Suzuki Family
The Pe Yu Family
The Farkas Family
The Rivas Family

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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