It’s Day #4 of our Practice Challenge! Here is an example of the great ideas you can get when you participate!
Professionals from the NY Philharmonic, like Justin Hines in the video below, give challenges every day of the week to further the skills of the practicing musician.
The progress is undeniable and our students are doing great! Keep it up!!
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Bland is perhaps best known as producer of the 1959 film, "The Cry of Jazz," described by MOMA documentarian Willard Van D**e as "the most prophetic film ever made," because it predicted the race riots of the '60's and '70's.
The piano works on this program are part of a 5-volume set entitled "Urban Counterpoint:" art music, using the language of gospel, soul, blues, jazz, and various film scores.
We’re so excited to announce a diverse set of in-person programs for students this summer. From our Summer Voyagers program for young students beginning their musical journeys, to our Strings and Piano Intensives for developing musicians, to our Guitar Week and Adult Guitar Weekend, Bloomingdale is offering unique programs for all age groups. We look forward to seeing you at Bloomingdale this summer!
REGISTER NOW: https://www.bsmny.org/classes/summer-2022/
It’s Day #4 of our Practice Challenge! Here is an example of the great ideas you can get when you participate!
Try our interactive blog! 🎶
Are you ready to dive into a captivating musical adventure?
We've created something special just for you — an interactive blog designed in the style of a "Choose Your Own Adventure" story. This one-of-a-kind experience will introduce you to some of the diverse pathways that can lead to a successful career in music.
Can you see yourself as a Classical Virtuoso? Perhaps you’re a budding songwriter or on your way to becoming a Vocal Phenomenon.
Begin your musical journey today by visiting http://go.bsmny.org/adventure !
Let the adventure inspire your passion for music!
Register today for fall classes! 🍁
We have classes and ensembles specifically tailored for adults aged 18 and up. All levels are welcome! It’s never too late to start! 🎶
Go to www.bsmny.org/fall-2023 to check out our Fall Classes and Lessons today!
Happy Birthday, Composer Antonio Salieri! 🎉 Your musical legacy continues to inspire and delight generations. Did you know that Salieri was not only a talented composer but also a respected conductor and teacher? His influence on the music world is truly remarkable. Cheers to this legendary musician! 🎂🎶
Meet the Instruments Mini Camp 🎶🥰
We had such an amazing week with our little ones in our Meet the Instruments Mini Camp! Our 4 and 5 year olds learned all about the different instruments and their families! Strings, winds, piano, and percussion were their main focuses for this week and boy did they shine in their final showcase for friends and family!
Here we are at our final showcase! Thank you little maestros! You were phenomenal!
A special thank you to Miss Patti, Miss Allie, and to Margo (Cello), Kathy (Woodwinds), and Jasmine (Violin), our professional faculty who showed the kids what these instruments can do!
To see our Fall classes for early childhood, visit http://go.bsmny.org/earlychildhood and register today!
Meet the Instruments Mini Camp 🎶
Our week-long workshop for our little ones is well under way! Yesterday, our little maestros met the Cello! Bloomingdale instructor and musician, Margalit Cantor, taught the kids all about the cello and playing string instruments. They got to play a real cello, make their own “fun cello”, and hear the instrument in all its glory, played by a real professional musician! Wow! 🤩🎻
Today, they learn about Woodwinds and get to play their own recorders! More pics to come. 🙂
On Sunday, August 13th, Bloomingdale will be in the community jamming along with anyone who wants to come! We will be providing a very limited amount of hand percussion instruments and one keyboard to be used by the public. If you wish to bring your instrument, please do so!
No sign up is required - so, meet us on Amsterdam Avenue between 108th and 109th and join the jam!
A big thank you to www.newyorkfamily.com for including us in their Top 10 list of the Best Afterschool Programs! We’re in fantastic company here…check it out!
Summer Voyagers week-long workshop is in full swing! Kids ages 6-10 can explore music hands on in a way that is inspirational! With smaller groups, each child is given personalized attention from our faculty. Theater games, Orff Workshops, piano classes, and more! Plus they get to experience what it’s like to play different instruments from our professional faculty. Yesterday, they learned basics about the violin. Today, is cello and tomorrow will be wind instruments! It’s great to see the excitement and joy in this group!
SEEKING MUSICIANS WHO TEACH:
Bloomingdale School of Music (108th and Broadway) is currently seeking musicians who teach in-person lessons and classes in the following instruments:
Guitar Instructor Application:https://www.bsmny.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/JD-Guitar-Instructor-FY24-.pdf
Flute Instructor Application-https://www.bsmny.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/JD-Flute-Teacher-Listing-2023-2024-2.pdf
Clarinet Instructor Application-https://www.bsmny.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/JD-Clarinet-2023-2024-3.pdf
Cello Instructor Application-https://www.bsmny.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/JD-Cello-Teacher-Listing-23-24.pdf
We are also looking for these part time positions. (Teaching artists are allowed and encouraged to apply for more than one position if interested.)
- Assistant Registrar
- Events Manager
- Executive and Programming Assistant
Assistant Registrar Application -https://www.bsmny.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/JD-Asst-Registrar-June-2023-2.pdf
Events Manager Application -https://www.bsmny.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/JD-Events-Manager-June-2023.docx.pdf
Executive and Programming Assistant -https://www.bsmny.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/JD-Executive-and-Programming-Assistant-2023.docx.pdf
For more info, please visit https://www.bsmny.org/about-us/careers/ or email [email protected]
Have you always wanted to learn guitar? Maybe you used to play flute in high school band and want to revisit those times? Bring music back into your life! Enroll for private lessons with us and find your inspiration 🥰🎶
Email [email protected] to sign up today!
Visit www.bsmny.org/private-lessons for more info
Financial aid applications for all ages accepted until August 15th. Click here https://form.jotform.com/231515875878168 to apply today ➡️
Join us at our next community event on Saturday, August 5th! We will be participating in OPEN STREETS alongside so many other fantastic vendors and organizations. It’s going to be a great time! Stop by and say hi to us at our table and join the jam! 🎶
EXCITING NEWS! 🥳 For the third year in a row we are partnering up with NY Philharmonic and having our Summer Practice Challenge: Bridge to Creativity! Join us from August 21-25 and learn hacks and tips from professionals at the NY Phil!
In this online challenge, Bloomingdale students and professional musicians work together to create a community around the often solitary act of practice. Together, they will celebrate music-making, and call attention to the need for people to support music education and the arts in general.
Participation is limited to 25 students from the Bloomingdale community. Sign up is on a first come-first serve basis and daily participation is expected of anyone who signs up.
Go to go.bsmny.org/LatestNews to sign up and learn more! ➡️➡️➡️
Bloomingdale is committed to providing scholarships and financial aid to qualifying families. Now is the time to apply.
The deadline for the fall semester is Tuesday, August 15!
Apply today: http://go.bsmny.org/FinancialAid
There’s still time to sign up for our week-long mini camp, Meet the Instruments for ages 4-5! August 14-17
Give your little ones a head start in the world of music! This week-long, mini camp blends playful music-making classes with captivating introductions to solo instruments. Led by our talented faculty artists, each specialized in their instrument, every session promises a harmonious experience. Specifically designed for young students, this action-packed program leads the foundation for their future musical endeavors. Reserve your child’s spot now for an unforgettable week. Limited space available, so act now!
For more info, visit the beacons link in our bio or visit www.bsmny.org/class/early-childhood/meet-the-instrument-mini-camp/
There is still time to sign up for SUMMER VOYAGERS for ages 6-10 - August 7-10!
Start your child's musical journey with a weeklong workshop this summer! Our Summer Voyagers workshop is an action-packed introduction to diverse musical concepts for kids ages 6-10. Kids will learn basic keyboard skills, see demonstrations of various musical instruments and give them a try, play percussion instruments together, and much more. Join us this summer on the UWS! Space is limited so act now!
Learn more here: https://www.bsmny.org/class/children/summer-voyagers/
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Congratulations to the Stars of Summer Guitar Week! 🎸🎉
A week filled with musical magic! From a captivating Masterclass with guitarist Hannah Murphy and her 19th Century Vienna model guitar to the fiery Latin Dance Workshop with Honey Villarreal, and the creative Improvisation, Rhythm, and Composition Workshops with Bloomingdale faculty. Their journey culminated in a dazzling summer showcase! 🌟🎶 Bravo to all and we can’t wait to see you back at Bloomingdale!
Our Summer Guitar Week is in full swing! We can’t wait to hear what these young guitarists are working on for their final showcase on Friday!
Congratulations to our Summer Piano Intensive on their final showcase last Friday! You know it was a great workshop when the kids say they wish it could last “all summer long”! Bravo to you!! 🎹❤️🎶
Congratulations to our Summer Strings Intensive on a beautiful showcase! The week was filled with chamber group rehearsal, private coachings, and skill building workshops to prepare for this end of week event! Bravo!!
Join us at our next community event on July 16th! We will be participating in OPEN STREETS alongside so many other fantastic vendors and organizations. It’s going to be a great time! Stop by and say hi to us at our table! 🎶
It is with sadness that we are posting to let you know that Eric Phinney, longtime Bloomingdale Percussion Faculty, Ensemble leader, musician and friend passed away on July 6th.
Eric began working with Bloomingdale 17 years ago and it is hard to imagine visiting the 5th floor and not seeing him in the percussion room. A cherished percussion faculty member Eric will be truly missed. Our thoughts are with his family and his personal and musical friends at this time.
We don’t have information about a memorial yet but when we do we will share that with the community.
Our summer workshops are in full swing! Here’s a peek inside our Strings and Piano Intensives. The students are already making friends, polishing their skills, and playing in ensembles. Not to mention the super fun lunchtime activities!
A huge THANK YOU and Congratulations to NYS Assembly Member and Bloomingdale supporter Danny O'Donnell on receiving the NY4CA's 2023 Cultural Stewardship Award and for helping secure a record-high funding for culture and arts in New York City.
In his own words, Mr. O'Donnell states "As Chair of the Arts Committee, it's a privilege to promote and support the arts community which is why I'm overjoyed to have secured a historic $127 million in state funding for the New York arts community - a sector that's crucial to New York's growth and prosperity."
Thank you for your support and for furthering our mission of having high-quality music education available for ALL in the great city of New York!
Today, we celebrate the birth of the esteemed composer and virtuoso violinist, Henryk Wieniawski (1835-1880)
Throughout his illustrious career, Wieniawski captivated audiences with his unparalleled talent and exceptional skill on the violin. His compositions, renowned for their dazzling virtuosity and profound emotional depth, have become iconic pieces within the violin repertoire.
An important milestone in Wieniawski's life was his appointment as Concertmaster of the Imperial Russian Music Society in St. Petersburg. This prestigious role further solidified his reputation as a brilliant performer and composer. It was during this period that he created some of his most memorable works, including the mesmerizing Violin Concerto No. 2.
Fun Fact: Did you know that Wieniawski's musical brilliance was evident from a remarkably young age? He astonished audiences with his extraordinary talent, making his public debut as a violinist at the tender age of eight.
Today, we pay homage to Henryk Wieniawski, an exceptional musician whose contributions continue to inspire and resonate with music lovers worldwide. His virtuosity, captivating compositions, and unwavering artistry have left an indelible mark on the violin repertoire, influencing countless generations of musicians.
Happy Birthday to the legendary composer, Gustav Mahler!
Today, we honor the birth of Gustav Mahler, a truly remarkable composer whose impact on the world of classical music remains unparalleled. From his birth year until now, Mahler's accomplishments and significant moments have shaped the musical landscape.
Mahler's symphonies are celebrated for their emotional depth and intricate orchestration, solidifying his place among the greats. His artistic brilliance extended beyond composition—his directorship at the Vienna Court Opera brought forth groundbreaking productions, redefining the boundaries of opera and integrating music and drama.
Not only was Mahler a masterful composer, but he also possessed exceptional conducting skills. Leading esteemed orchestras like the New York Philharmonic and Vienna Philharmonic, his meticulous attention to detail and interpretation set new standards for performances.
Let's take a moment to appreciate Mahler's enduring contributions, particularly his monumental works such as Symphony No. 2, "Resurrection," and Symphony No. 5. These compositions continue to resonate with audiences worldwide, capturing the essence of human emotions and experiences.
Join us as we celebrate the life and extraordinary musical legacy of Gustav Mahler on his birthday. His influence on the world of classical music is a testament to the transformative power of his compositions.
Gustav Mahler, 1860-1911
We are thrilled to extend our heartfelt congratulations to Ongama Mhlontlo, an esteemed member of our voice faculty, for being bestowed with the prestigious 2023 Young South African Award. This remarkable honor recognizes Ongama's exceptional talents and contributions, exemplifying their dedication and inspiring impact in their field.
“My advice to my younger self would be to remember that great things take time. As uMkhulu used to say, ‘Rome was not built in one day.’ Don’t rush the process and make sure to put in the work every day — sing, compose and play piano. But also, remember to enjoy the journey and embrace every moment. The world is your stage, so make the most of it.” - Ongama Mhlontlo
Congratulations Ongama! We are so happy and proud you are a part of our community!
Read more at http://go.bsmny.org/mg200ysa
We are hiring!
We are currently seeking part-time faculty positions and full-time administrative staff positions. If this is you, or someone you know, we look forward to receiving your application!
Learn more and apply at http://go.bsmny.org/careers
Happy 4th of July! from all of us at Bloomingdale School of Music 🎵
Fun fact! Did you know that our national anthem was originally a song written by John Stafford Smith for the Anacreontic Society?
WE HAVE A FEW SPOTS LEFT in our week-long workshop, Summer Strings Intensive! July 10-14 for ages 8-16 🎶
We are gearing up for our summer semester and starting on renovations. Have you signed up for summer workshops? There is STILL TIME!
Visit www.bsmny.org/summer-2023 for more info about our summer offerings!
📚 Discover the Legacy of The Three Arts Club 🎨🎭🎶
This summer, we're excited to announce that our classes will be held in a building of immense historical significance on the Upper West Side. Join us as we delve into the story of our temporary summer home, the iconic Three Arts Club!
Read more at the https://buff.ly/3qXalTu!
Last night, we had our MAP Graduation where we honored students with outstanding achievements and heard performances from our graduates. Join us in congratulating the following students on graduating and achievements from our MAP Program! We will miss you and we can't wait to see where your journey takes you! A special congratulations to Judy Woo for her first year as MAP Director. 🥰
Alexander Campos, cello: Berklee College of Music, Boston campus for Professional Diploma Program
Karen Matute, viola: SUNY Purchase College for Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Ghair Perez Ponce, saxophone: SUNY Binghamton for Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering
Honoko Saeki, flute:
SUNY Purchase College Conservatory of Music for Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance
Special Acheivements awarded to Daniel Perez Ponce, Angel Pineda, Lancelot McCaw, Honoko Saeki.
🎹 : Olga Gurevich
To learn more about MAP, visit www.bsmny.org/map
Today, we are honoring graduates from our Music Access Project (MAP Program) in our final event of the spring season! Join us in congratulating the following students on graduating from our MAP Program! We will miss you and we can't wait to see where your journey takes you!
Alexander Campos: Berklee College of Music, Boston campus for Professional Diploma Program
Karen Matute: SUNY Purchase College for Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Ghair Perez Ponce: SUNY Binghamton for Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering
Honoko Saeki: SUNY Purchase College Conservatory of Music for Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance
To learn more about MAP, visit buff.ly/3GBpIWJ
Congratulations to our MAP Chamber and Orchestra and MAP Jazz Ensemble for a job well done! Bravissimo!
This year’s concert program included Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Carnival of the Animals”, “Cherokee” by Ray Noble, “Short Story” by Kenny Dorham and “In C” by Terry Riley.
We had such a great afternoon spending time with guitarists of all levels in Montefiore Square! Thank you to and for teaming up with us to have this great event!
Tomorrow! Kick off your summer with us at Guitars Uptown! Make Music New York, Bloomingdale School of Music, and Brooklyn Music School and NYC Dept of Cultural Affairs have teamed up to provide an evening of guitar fun in Hamilton Heights!
4-5:30pm - Informal Educational Workshop: Show up with a guitar and some pieces/techniques you want to work on!
5:30-6pm - Public Play-Along: Faculty will lead everyone in a play-along of selected pieces, which will be taught in the educational workshop.
Find more info at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/guitars-uptown-tickets-656776595477 - See you there! 🎸
Summer at Bloomingdale means new beginnings, exciting experiences, and endless possibilities. Sign up for private lessons today and let the melodies fill your days with joy, inspiration, and endless harmonies!
Don’t let the summer break be a pause in your musical journey. Keep the rhythm going, build upon your skills, and make remarkable progress during these warm months. When autumn arrives, you’ll be amazed at how far you’ve come!
Still unsure? Give it a try first! We offer 30-minute trial lessons for $30!
Learn more at www.bsmny.org/private-lessons or visit the link in our bio! ➡️
Bloomingdale School of Music will be closed on June 19th in observance of the federal holiday of Juneteenth.
“You can’t separate peace from freedom,
because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom."
- Malcom X
About Juneteenth: Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is an annual holiday celebrated on June 19th in the United States. It commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans and recognizes the day when news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached Texas in 1865, more than two years after it was issued. Juneteenth celebrates the end of slavery in the United States and serves as a significant moment in the nation's history. It is a time for reflection, education, and community gatherings to honor the achievements, resilience, and cultural contributions of African Americans while promoting equality and justice for all.
We celebrate this day as a day of true freedom for ALL in this nation.
Happy Fathers Day from all of us at Bloomingdale School of Music ❤️
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