Community Programs

NMS partners with a number of organizations to offer additional programming for community members both on campus and on site at the community facilities. Some of our ongoing programs are described below.


NMS offered free guitar lessons at the Dixwell Children's Arts Festival.

City Initiative

City Initiative was created in 2007 to support band/instrumental programs and impact the culture of several of New Haven’s inner-city schools through music. City Initiative supports 60-70 students and student mentors from New Haven Public Schools in tuition-free lessons and ensembles at NMS.

City Initiative was selected as a 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program (NAHYP) Award finalist by the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities. The NAHYP Award is the nation's highest honor for out-of-school arts and humanities programs that celebrate the creativity of America's young people, particularly those from underserved communities. 

City Initiative is supported by funding from First Niagara, the National Endowment for the Arts, the State of Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, New Alliance Foundation, Yale-New Haven Hospital and individual donors.

Learn more about City Initiative.

Hamden Hall Program

Students enrolled at Hamden Hall in Hamden are able to take lessons on site at Hamden Hall after school. If you are interested in lessons, please complete the Individual Lesson Inquiry and a friendly staff member of our Student Services Department will be in touch to match you with an inspiring teacher and activity just right for you.

Community Performances

Within the NMS community reside numerous talented performers and exceptional ensembles. As part of our continued effort to collaborate with and support other Greater New Haven non-profits and arts organizations, NMS has been able to provide instrumental performances by select faculty and student ensembles at a variety of local community events.

In addition, we are happy to post notices of other local performance opportunities for members of the community. [Please note that for these latter opportunities, there are no fees or guaranteed matching and faculty are responsible for negotiating their own performance fees.]

Please complete the information below and our staff will contact you. Requests must be submitted at least one month in advance of the event.

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