Third Street Music School Settlement

Official page of Third Street Music School and Third Street Preschool The nation's longest running community music and dance school.

Founded in 1894, Third Street Music School Settlement has provided high quality music instruction to New Yorkers of all ages and backgrounds. Today, we serve more than 5,000 students age 3 months to 97 by offering individual and group instruction, ensembles, a preschool, and other workshops.

Operating as usual

Photos from Third Street Music School Settlement's post 12/01/2023

Make sure to RSVP for this year’s Guitar Holiday Extravaganza, happening next week on Saturday, December 9th at 2pm in St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery! This year, Third Street Flute students will join Third Street Guitar students in performing the classic American song “Simple Gifts.” Head to our Holiday Music and Dance 2023 calendar in the “latest” to RSVP now!

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On Tuesday, December 5th, ISO at Third Street is presenting their Winter Ensemble Concert at NYU Skirball. ISO at Third Street Orchestras Carnegie Hill, Concert, Symphony, and ISO at Third Street Symphonic Band will perform a mix of traditional compositions, popular selections, and holiday favorites! Head to our Holiday Music and Dance 2023 calendar in the “latest” to get your tickets now!

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Lots of laughter behind the scenes at The Nutcracker rehearsals!


Our $10,000 Goal has been surpassed and we are jumping for joy! Thank you to all our incredible supporters for making sure that 6,000+ NYC students can access music and dance education without limits!


HELP US REACH OUR GOAL! We only need six supporters to donate $25!


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This give the gift of music and dance! TODAY ONLY – all gifts will be matched, meaning your support will have DOUBLE THE IMPACT. Your support enables 6,000+ NYC students to access arts education without limits. Hit the donate button on our page now!

Photos from Third Street Music School Settlement's post 11/27/2023

Congratulations to Third Street Piano Students Opal Garg (Level 3) and Ella Legasto (Level 1) for winning the New York State Medal at this year’s Royal Conservatory of Music Auditions!


For Thanksgiving Recess the school will be closed and the building will be closed, there will be no regularly scheduled lessons or classes.


Reminder, today, Wednesday, November 22, 2023, the school will be closed and the building will be open. There will be no regularly scheduled lessons or classes.

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Some photos of families jamming at Amos Family Drum Circle this past weekend!

At Third Street we have lots of arts programming for the whole family to enjoy, head to our calendar to RSVP for our upcoming events at ThirdStreet.Nyc.

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Last Call to join a Piano Ensemble today! The piano ensemble has a few spots and the opportunity to come play with others closes soon. Develop ensemble skills, explore repertoire, and practice your performance skills! Visit the link in our bio to learn more.


Experience the music of Third Street at this week’s Chamber Music Concert!

On Saturday November 18th at 4:30, enjoy an afternoon of Chamber Music performed by our talented Chamber Music students, ages 8 - 18.

Head to the latest on our website to RSVP!


At Third Street, we believe that music and dance education are for everyone. That is why we give financial aid to 80% of our students and provide over $1M in financial aid annually to ensure that cost is never a barrier to learning.

Hit the donate button in our bio now to support Third Street’s mission to make music and dance education accessible for everyone!


Join us for with Vanessa May-lok Lee and Friends this Friday at 7pm!

Celebrating 10 years in NYC, the program reflects various aspects of Lee’s musical journey leading up to this milestone and features Third Street faculty and members of EnsembleNYC. Featuring works by Claude Debussy, Rebecca Clarke, Elaine Hagenberg, Alberto Ginastera, and Stephen Rush.


The Third Street Nutcracker is on! Today buy merch or and support the costume fund!

Photos from Third Street Music School Settlement's post 11/11/2023

On Veterans Day, Third Street Music School honors the Hell fighters, the 369th Infantry Regiment of the U.S. Army. This African American unit fought in World War I and introduced jazz music to Europe. Their band leader, James Reese Europe, was jazz and ragtime pioneer. We celebrate the Hell fighters’ musical legacy and diversity.


Third Street Board Member, and former student, Jessie Montgomery! Her composition (performed by pianist Awadagin Pratt and A Far Cry) "Rounds" received a Recording Academy / GRAMMYs nomination for Best Contemporary Composition.


The Third Street is open tonight! Get your and merch!


Concert season is coming up soon, take advantage of this Sunday’s “All-School Music Hour” to polish up your performance skills! Speak to your teacher to sign you up. All-School Music Hour will occur in the Barbara E. Field Recital Hall this Sunday, November 12th at 1:00pm.


Support the Nutcracker by buying some treats at the Dance Department Bake Sale this Saturday, November 11th, from 9:30am - 3:00pm! The bake sale will be located in the main lobby where there will also be Third Street dance merchandise for sale. All proceeds will go to the Nutcracker Costume Fund.

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Did you know Third Street has 38 Steinway pianos? We spend over $100,000 annually on piano piano maintenance, tuning, repairs, and humidification. Help us ensure that our pianos are always at their best –ready for lessons, recitals, performances, and community gatherings.

Hit the donate button in our bio to support our piano community today!

Photos from Third Street Music School Settlement's post 11/08/2023

281 string students study at Third Street, many rely on instrument loans to make their music education a possibility. Third Street is needs YOUR assistance to help us provide free instruments loans so that all our strings students can thrive.

Hit the donate button in our bio to support our strings community today!

Photos from Third Street Music School Settlement's post 11/07/2023

This Friday at Third Street we will be celebrating National Native American Heritage Month through song, dance, storytelling, history, and other forms of expression with the Redhawk Native American Arts Council! The Redhawk Native American Arts Council represents artists from North, South, Central American, Caribbean and Polynesian Indigenous cultures.


Reminder TODAY

Third Street Music and Dance school - no regularly scheduled lessons or classes. The building is open.
Third Street Preschool is IN SESSION.


this Friday at 7pm featuring "Student Opening Act" Liam Rawlins, cello, performing Elegie Op. 24 and featured performer Shanda Wooley, cello.

The program includes Serenade, Hans Wener Henze; Sonata in C Major, Op 102 No. 1, Beethoven; and "A frog he went a-courting"

Tickets are free, but going fast. RSVP now at


Watch our November Student Spotlight Feature to learn about Savannah, Valerie, and Larissa Torres' Third Street journey!

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November Student Spotlight: Savannah, Larissa and Valerie Torres

Savannah, Larissa and Valerie Torres' Third Street journey began at their public school through the Third Street Partners program. Introduced to music, dance and drumming, the sisters took that introduction and embraced all that Third Street has to offer. As dancers and musicians, they've participated in a wide range of classes, performances, and programs including; tap dance, choir, rock band, guitar lessons, hip-hop, and African dance. They have been cast in the annual Third Street Nutcracker production and they have danced in the rain representing Third Street at the NYC Dance Parade. Savannah, the oldest, was the first to join Third Street in first grade, beginning with ballet. Her younger sister Valerie followed soon after, and experimented with a variety of instruments before following in Savannah’s example and joining Rock Band as a guitarist. Larissa, the youngest, likes to “follow in her sister’s footsteps” and enjoys being in all the same programs as her older sisters. The Third Street community means a lot to the sisters, because sharing a love for music and dance at Third Street, has brought them closer together.

Head to the latest to watch their full video feature!

Photos from Third Street Music School Settlement's post 11/02/2023

Our vibrant student community is the heartBEAT of Third Street! Students cultivate lasting friendships through their shared passion for the arts. We're counting on YOUR SUPPORT to ensure that students of every background can pursue music and dance education without limits. Hit the donate button in our bio to make a donation today to help us keep the rhythm of opportunity alive!

Your gift = Equitable access to arts education through $1M in financial aid and free instrument loans, benefiting 80% of our students.

Your gift = Music and dance education for students across New York City through our partnerships in 30+ public schools, public housing, and community centers.

Your gift = Free community experiences, performances, music hours, block parties, cultural celebrations, and sing-a-longs that bring people together, build bridges of understanding, and foster lifelong friendships.


Dia de los Mu***os is a rich tradition of honoring and remembering loved ones with vibrant colors, music, food and dance. This tradition was originated in Mexico and is currently celebrated all across Latin America. Let's create an atmosphere of joy as we celebrate the spirits of those who have passed.



Tomorrow night, Friday, November 3rd, join us at 7pm for Third Street piano department chair Joan Forsyth’s concert. Featuring guests Amy Hersh on flute and William Anderson on guitar, the performance will include works by Phillip Glass, Reinhold Gliere, Manuel Ponce, Joan Tower, Bohuslav Martinu, Vasyl Barvinsky, and Marty Rokeach. Head to the latest in our bio to RSVP! The event is open for all ages.


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On Sunday, November 5th, improviser, composer, singer, multi-instrumentalist, cellist, Pedro de Alcantara will show you how to transform the cello into a lute, a theorbo, a percussion instrument… In this workshop and masterclass, Pedro’s innovative approach to music making will teach you how to explore a wide range of sonic possibilities. RSVP at the latest in our bio.

Workshop 1:30 - 3:00pm
Appropriate for any musician of any age, beginners welcome.

Masterclass 3:00 - 4:00pm
Pedro will work with individual students in front of an audience. All are welcome to attend; to sign up to play for Pedro, please speak with your teacher.

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