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.

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 Branford. Learn more and see class schedules for each location here

City Initative 

City Initiative brings NHPS students into the vibrant, friendly and creative NMS culture, providing each student with multiple weekly contact points with the school, the community and their teachers. Students learn to collaborate, lead, follow, prepare, listen and see the value of hard work and discipline. This enhances their musical capabilities and better prepares them for future success. Learn more about the program