June 2018 Newsletter

Thank you Harrison and New City for voting us “Best Music Lessons for Kids” in Westchester Family Magazine and Expertise.com! Our students and their parents are what make us great!

Psychology, Mars & Music!


My wife, as some of you may or may not know, is a psychologist. She specializes in treating anxiety and behavior problems in both adults and children.  She’s absolutely brilliant. She completed her 5-year doctoral program in 4 years, with a 4.0.  And in order to keep her license to practice, she needs to obtain a certain number of Continuing Education credits every year.  In the first half of this year alone, she’s already banked enough for the next 3 years!

I recently attended one of these Continuing Education presentations with her, because I enjoy learning as well.   The topic was “Educating Gifted Children” with an expert from the Netherlands. Now you’re thinking, why does this matter?

Because in the presentation, MUSIC LESSONS were spoken about in the highest regard, for the benefits children receive! The presenter went on about how music lessons teach much more than just the notes on the page.  In the struggle to learn a new piece of music, or master a new technique, or dissect a problematic measure…..music students are learning frustration tolerance and perseverance!

Now, in an age where Digital Device Addiction is rampant, and everything moves quickly, and information is at our fingertips, music lessons are slowing things down and teaching critical real world skills that are needed to be successful.

If you follow NASA or SpaceX at all, you may have heard that there are plans to put people on Mars some time in the 2030’s.  That means that the people who are going to walk the red planet first have already been born! So, how does Mars relate to music lessons?  Well, if something goes wrong on that space shuttle, millions of miles away from earth bound help, the types of people that will be able to fix it in this type of situation are going to be those who don’t give up, persevere, and cope with difficult situations. They need frustration tolerance and perseverance.  And you can be sure that NASA or SpaceX are going to heavily vet those individuals they decide to send to Mars, to make sure they have these skills.

And these skills aren’t just for outer space.  These are life skills. Skills that are needed to be successful…..and we all want our kids to be successful, and we want to give them the tools to be more successful than us.

To bring this full circle, my wife, the psychologist, studies Dr. Carol Dweck, who is known for her work on the “Growth Mindset”.  The “Growth Mindset” is about learning from your mistakes. Dweck states that it is the difficult things we do, or the mistakes we make, where the learning really takes place.  So encourage your children to continue their musical studies.  When they think they can’t learn a difficult piece, or think they’ve had a bad performance, let them know, it’s okay…because you learn more from the mistakes you make.

~ Samuel Faraci, M.M.


Independence Break
July 4 – 8 – No Lessons

Labor Day
September 3 – No Lessons

Rosh Hashanah
September 10 – 11 – No Lessons

Yom Kippur
September 18 – 19 – No Lessons


Welcome to the NEW students who started lessons in May!

Andrew B.
Taylor B.
Isis C.
Olivia C.
Anna C.
Gena D.
Genevieve E.
Alexa G.
Larry H.
Amalika H.
Jaxon M.
Brandon P.
George P.
Sofia P.
Blake R.
Grace S.
Benjamin T.
Matthew Z.
Miley Z.


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 Matthew earned his Songbird Trophy. He studies with Meghan.

Pictured Above: Piano Student Julia earned her Prodigy Trophy. She studies with Tamuz.

Pictured Above: Piano Student Julia earned her Prodigy Trophy. She studies with Tamuz.

Pictured Above: Guitar Student Pietro earned his Songbird Trophy. He studies with VJ.

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’re giving away 4 FREE Tickets to Six Flags Great Adventure for this summer and giving away FREE lessons! To be entered into our raffle for 4 FREE tickets to Six Flags, simply refer your friends and family members to the New City School of Music. When they sign up for lessons (and mention your name at registration), we’ll enter both you AND them into our raffle for 4 tickets to Six Flags!  As our way of saying thank you for your referral, we’ll give you a credit for TWO 30 minute lessons off of next month’s tuition payment!

The drawing will be held on Monday July 16th so you’ll have plenty of time this summer to use the tickets!  Be sure to refer your friends and tell them to sign up before July 16th!


This summer, every week from June 21st through August 31st, the Harrison School of Music will be hosting THEMED weeks! Come to lessons dressed in the theme of the week! At the end of each week, our teachers will vote on the student with the best outfit relating to the theme and that student will be awarded with some really cool prizes!

June 26 – July 3: Red, White & Blue Week
July 9 – 15: Sports Week
July 16 – 22: 80’s week
July 23 – 29: Hero/ Villain Week
July 30 – Aug 5: Hawaiian Week
Aug 6 – 12: 70’s Tie Die Week
Aug 13-19: Rock Star Week
Aug 20 – 26: Crazy Sock Week
Aug 27 – Sept 2: Crazy Hat Week

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 Gaviola Family
The Curry Family
The Nair Family
The Rocha Family
The Joseph Family
The Mathew Family
The McLeod Family
The Haber Family
The Castaldo Family
The Kandamkulathy Family
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
Through July 16th, 2018 Every time you refer a new student to the Harrison School of Music or the New City School of Music, we will also give you a 2 lesson credit off of your next month’s tuition!


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 June & July send an e-mail to office@harrisonmusicschool.com or office@newcitymusicschool.com. 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:

Brian B – Tues & Thurs – ONE SPOT LEFT
Kevin S. – Mon & Thurs: ONE SPOT LEFT
Jessica L. – Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT
Don P.
Andrew K: Mon: ONE SPOT LEFT / Tues: SOLD OUT
Michael T: Tues: ONE SPOT LEFT
Nicole L
Hayley B: SOLD OUT
Meghan L.: Monday – ONE SPOT LEFT
Samantha F: Wednesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT
Kristina K: SOLD OUT
Jaime B: Sat: SOLD OUT
Jaime B
Steve M: Tues & Thurs – 1 SPOT LEFT

Now Offering Sunday Lessons!

We are now the only music school in New City that is open 7 days a week!

Take voice, guitar, piano, bass or drums on Sundays 1:00-6:00 p.m.

Call us or email for a list of available times.


Did you see us in RocklandNYMom.com?
We offer the same great music program in both Westchester and Rockland Counties! 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!