Whether our music instructors teach contemporary, jazz, gospel, European classical, Latin or Caribbean, they are not only expert musicians – many with international careers – they are also dedicated coaches, who share their passion and skill with our students, encouraging them to hone their own creativity.
We offer private and small group instruction for:
- Music Theory
- Violin/Suzuki Violin
Summer Registration is Now Open!
FREE Music Program Offerings
Digital Studio Production (Part of Arts Passage Express (APX)) - Learn how to use beat making software (FL Studio, Cubase, Pro Tools, Logic), how to create beats and how to record in a studio. Students will also work in conjunction with other Mind-Builders programs creating beats for vocal and visual arts students.
Stage Band - Play in a stage band with a very wide repertoire. Music genres include Pop, R&B and Jazz. Band members will play at various Mind-Builder events as well as competitions. Audition required; all instruments are welcome.
Music Theory - Examine the fundamentals of music as you study notes, melody, rhythm, harmony, form, pitch, and scales. Beginner and intermediate classes available.
Creative Music Songwriting Program - Designed to develop the creative skills of talented emerging songwriting artists, rappers, producers, singers and musicians. This course offers performance opportunities, artist collaboration, artist development and understandings of contemporary music genres. Audition required.
Awakening Youth Choir (Offered Fall 2023-Spring 2024)- MTV's International Celebrity Vocal Coach, Ankh Ra Amenhetep will conduct a community chorus that explores the power of the voice using positive and inspirational music. Beginners are welcomed. Ankh Ra's former clients include A Boogie, HER, K. Michelle, and Diddy. *Auditions required.
Music Merit Scholarship Program This is a special program for the most dedicated music students ages 11 to 18 who pass an audition, maintain a satisfactory level of attendance and home practice, and maintain a satisfactory academic level in school. Its objectives are to help students achieve high levels of technique and performance. The program includes full or partial scholarship for private music lessons, and additional music theory training.
Limited full Louis Armstrong scholarships are also available! Audition required, interest in Jazz, contact Music Department Director Waldo Chavez at 718-652-6256.