Turtle Bay Music School is a 91-year-old community music school in east midtown Manhattan. Our five areas of interdependent programming serve more than 5,000 New Yorkers every year. TBMS provides individual and group music lessons in over twenty instruments and voice to more than 600 students and families every year at our school building on 52nd Street.
TBMS brings comprehensive, year-long music education programs to over 2,500 students and their families through our partnerships with 10 NYC public schools that would otherwise have limited or no music programs. Students and families who seek further music study are encouraged to apply for the Saturday Music Project, which provides them with 4 years of tuition-free music, and ongoing alumni scholarships.
TBMS’s creative aging programs bring music workshops and residencies to 500 seniors at five NYC senior centers. These programs give seniors the opportunity to express themselves creatively, to learn new skills and exercise old ones, and to form new social bonds.
TBMS also offers more than 50 free concerts and lectures to our community each year. Our Artist Series features performances by our faculty artists, and our Cross-Legged Concert Series presents full-staged performances of family-friendly operas and musicals. In addition to these series, our students and faculty perform in local public spaces, bringing the joy of music out into our community.