Special Programs

Research has demonstrated the power of music and dance to promote healing, improve mental and physical well-being and enhance the quality of life for those dealing with physical ailments or disabilities. Here at NMS, we have begun expanding our programming to include new music and dance applications in partnership with several leading organizations.

Noteable Women/Men

This program is provided under a contract with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
NMS was very fortunate to receive a $12,000 contract from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for the 2013-2014 VSA International Young Soloists: Music for Every Student.
The Music for Every Student programs are designed to give students with disabilities, ages three to 22 the skills to develop their musicianship, to participate in a musical ensemble and to receive individual and/or group instruction. This contract has facilitated the expansion of last year’s highly successful NoteAble Women project. In addition to continuing to work with Chapel Haven students to create original songs for performance, this year we are offering DoSo guitar at the Boys and Girls Club and supporting the work of our on-site teachers (who are currently teaching students with disabilities in individual instruction, ensembles and classes) through evaluation and professional development.

Vintage Voices

In Fall 2008, NMS was recognized as one of nine schools across the country to be selected for the Creative Aging Initiative, a multiyear program supported by the National Guild of Community Arts Schools in partnership with the Metlife Foundation. The objective of this initiative is to bring the physical, cognitive and emotional benefits of arts participation to a mature population. The initiative provided training and resources for NMS to implement Vintage Voices, a now highly popular participatory program for adults ages 60+, led by NMS faculty members Ingeborg Schimmer and Tracey Albert. This fun and engaging program involves participants in singing and modern dance in a group class setting. The program is now funded in part by a grant from Pfizer and is offered on a continuing basis as part of our academic year course offerings. Refer to Adult Group Music Classes for schedules and more information.

Dancing with Parkinson’s

Beginning in 2009, NMS also began offering a new program called Dancing with Parkinson’s. Classes are offered in three locations: Middletown, New London and New Haven.
Learn more about the program.