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Special Music School

Overview written by the school: SMS is a public school open to musically gifted students. The school admits 50 students per grade and combines rigorous academics with intensive music instruction. The school is a partnership between Kaufman Music Center and the NYCDOE. Our mission is to develop students who have the skills, competencies, and knowledge necessary for successful 21st century music careers. The 21st-Century musician can analyze, compose, and perform music at the highest level, has a strong sense of his/her own artistic voice, and is fluent in current music technologies. He/She possesses strong academic knowledge, skills, and habits, and is also community-minded, inventive, and resourceful. Please note that Special Music School has two campuses: one for K-8 and another for 9-12. The address for the K-8 school is 129 West 67th Street, and the address for the 9-12 school is 122 Amsterdam. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

School Performance

Graduation Rate: 98% (at the end of the school year before last, the percent of students who graduated "on time" by earning a diploma four years after they entered 9th grade).
Daily Attendance Rate: 94% of the school's students in the school year before last.
Percentage of Students Enough Variety: 76% students feel that this school offers a wide enough variety of programs, classes, and activities to keep them interested in school.
College Career Rate: 82% of students enroll in college or career programs within 6 months.
Percentage of Students Safe: 87% students feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms, locker room and cafeteria. (Student opinions on school safety, as reported on the NYC School Survey.)

Programs offered

Program 1: Voice, Instrument, and Composition
Code: A85A
Program description: We offer students the opportunity to major in Instrumental Music, Voice, or Composition. Students receive approximately 10 hours of music instruction throughout the week. Professional musicians lead large ensembles, chamber groups, and private study. Students work with visiting artists through master classes. Upperclassmen choose from a variety of interest-based electives including Orchestral Conducting, Entrepreneurship, Recording and Production, Jazz History and Theory.
Interest: Performing Arts
Method: Audition

Seats 9 GE: 32
Grade 9 GE filled flag: Y
Grade 9 GE applicants: 292
Grade 9 GE applicants per seat: 9
Seats 9 SWD: 8
Grade 9 SWD filled flag: N
Grade 9 SWD applicants: 48
Grade 9 SWD applicants per seat: 6

Audition information: Audition Performance, Improvisation Workshop, Theory Diagnostic, Sight Reading, and Instrument Desirability
Common audition: 1
Seats 10: Yes
Admissions priority 1: Priority to continuing 8th graders
Admissions priority 2: Then to New York City residents

Requirement 1: Attendance
Requirement 2: Punctuality
Requirement 3: Course Grades: Average (84-100)
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Audition with common components


Extracurricular Activities
Extracurricular activities and clubs offered by the school that do not fall under one of the Sports categories (PSAL Sports or School Sports): No data
PSAL Sports Boys
Male PSAL (Public School Athletics League) sports offered at the school, listed under Extracurricular Activities and Clubs in the HS Directory: Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Handball, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball, Wrestling
PSAL Sports Girls
Female PSAL (Public School Athletics League) sports offered at the school, listed under Extracurricular Activities and Clubs in the HS Directory: Badminton, Basketball, Bowling, Flag Football, Handball, Indoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball, Wrestling
PSAL Sports Coed
Co-ed PSAL (Public School Athletics League) sports offered at the school, listed under Extracurricular Activities and Clubs in the HS Directory: Double Dutch
School Sports
Sports offered by the school outside PSAL (Public School Athletics League): No data
Flag for female only school: No data
Flag for male only school: No data

Other info

Total students: 314
Start time: 8am
End time: 2:20pm

Final grades: K to 12
ELL programs: English as a New Language
Language classes: Spanish
Advancedplacement courses: AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Music Theory, AP Statistics, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP United States History

School accessibility description: Partially Accessible
Flag for schools that offer 10th grade seats: Y

More info

Borough: Manhattan
NTA: Lincoln Square
Neighborhood: Lincoln Square
Campus name: Martin Luther King, Jr. Educational Campus
School Number: M932
Shared space: Yes
Community board: 107
Council district: 6
Census tract: 151
BIN: 1030343
BBL: 1011570025

About Special Music School


Latitude: 40.774351
Longitude: -73.984753
Phone number: 212-501-3318
Fax number: 212-501-3339
School email: [email protected]
Subway lines near the school: 1 to 66th St-Lincoln Center; 2, 3 to 72nd St; A, C, B, D to 59th St-Columbus Circle
Bus lines near the school: BxM2, M10, M104, M11, M20, M5, M57, M66, M7, M72

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Conservatory-level core classes and ensembles update the traditional model of classical music education and prepare students for careers as musicians.

Students major in Instrumental, Voice, or Composition and develop the fundamentals of music theory, history, technology, and technique.

Student-centered learning environment develops graduates with the skills of research, academic collaboration, and critical and creative thought.

Small classes afford individualized learning experiences and strong teacher-student relationships.

SMS fosters the habits of mind necessary for ethical and empathic community members and curious, imaginative, and resilient learners.

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