Special Thanks

These programs are made possible by an endowment established by the Yale College Class of 1957.


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Music in Schools

The Yale School of Music is dedicated to ongoing, active involvement in our community, both locally in New Haven and on a national and international scale.

Music in Schools Initiative

The School of Music has long supported arts education programs in the New Haven Public Schools, in our role as one of the leading arts organizations in New Haven. This effort was enhanced by the establishment of the Music in Schools Initiative in 2007, thanks to the generous 50th reunion class gift by the Yale College Class of 1957.

These visionary Yale alumni, recognizing the value of arts education in public schools, established an endowment to secure the future of music programs in New Haven. The endowment identifies three main responsibilities for the School:

  • To provide programs in the New Haven Public Schools that complement the work of full-time music teachers
  • To host a biennial Symposium on Music in Schools for public school music teachers from around the United States
  • To host visiting professors who work in music education and train School of Music students

During the academic year, the Music in Schools Initiative places Teaching Artists in more than thirty public schools throughout New Haven. Teaching artists are YSM students trained to complement the work of full-time NHPS music teachers. They teach sectionals, ensembles, private lessons, and other activities depending on the needs of the school to which they are assigned.

The Music in Schools Initiative also hosts the All-City Honors Ensembles, the Yale/New Haven Young Artists Solo Competition, and other activities throughout the year.

Morse Summer Music Academy

Thanks to a major gift from Enid and Lester Morse, B.A. ’51, the School of Music was able to expand its efforts to include a month-long summer program of intensive music study for NHPS students. Eighty students attend the Morse Summer Music Academy in July and August each year for full-day activities including ensembles, music lessons, hearing classes, and special workshops. This summer program complements the school-time programs of the Music in Schools Initiative.

Music Education Partnerships

Learn more about the importance of partnerships between public school music programs and professional music organizations.