Third Street Music School Settlement
|Third Street Music School Settlement|
235 E. 11th Street
New York City,
|Executive Director||Valerie Lewis|
Third Street Music School Settlement is the longest-running community music school in the United States. Founded in 1894, it is at 235 East 11th Street, New York. Third Street has three main programs: a music & dance school, a music-infused Preschool, and a Partners program. It also works with New York City Department of Education on training Pre-K teachers in music education.
Music and Dance School
Third Street Music School settlement offers classes for ages 3 and up, with a range of classes in dance, music and ensemble.
Third Street Music School is the longest-running community music school in the United States, and was founded in New York City in 1894 by Emilie Wagner, a 27-year-old graduate of Goucher College. Wagner's goal was to "help poor children of the Lower East Side with music to provide a source of spiritual and cultural nourishment, inspire achievement in its young students, and serve as a universal language for the community’s Jewish, Irish, Italian, Russian, Greek and Hungarian immigrants." Its roots can be traced to the late 19th-century settlement house movement. Wagner began teaching violin and piano to 10 students under the auspices of College Settlement of New York in the basement of Mariner's Temple. As she added students, the Music School moved to Rivington Street. Third Street Music School Settlement became an official entity in 1903 and was renamed Music School Settlement, with 13 volunteer faculty and 140 students, and 200 on the waitlist. Board president Helen Mansfield persuaded the organization in 1905, to invest in two small brownstones at 33–35 East Third Street. By 1915, Ms. Wagner's vision had inspired similar music school settlements in thirty American cities. Third Street moved to its current location, on East 11th street, in 1974.
Notable faculty and students
- Annette A. Aguilar (faculty)
- Matthew Barnson
- Lee Feldman (faculty)
- Chester Edward Ide (faculty)
- William Kapell (alum)
- Robert Lopez (alum)
- David Mannes
- Ingrid Michaelson (alum)
- Sylvia Rabinof (alum)
- Julius Rudel
- Ralph Shapey
- Lucy Shelton
- Gregory Spears (faculty)
- Milagro Vargas (alum)
- Robert Ward (faculty)
- Alex Weiser (faculty)
Notable advisory board members
This article needs additional citations for verification. (November 2014)
- "Third Street Music School Settlement • Bringing the arts to life since 1894". Third Street Music School Settlement. Retrieved 2019-10-17.
- "Our Philosophy". Third Street Preschool. Retrieved 2019-10-17.
- Moskowitz, Sam (2019-10-04). "Third Street Music School's Long Journey to 11th Street". GVSHP | Preservation | Off the Grid. Retrieved 2019-10-17.
- "Elizabeth Sprague Collidge", p. 7, The Maud Powell Signature, Winter 1997, Vol. 2, No. 1, The Maud Powell Society for Music Education