Special Thanks

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


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Be a Teaching Artist

YSM graduate student teaching artists are trained to mentor, teach and perform for urban children and young people, inspiring them as role models of discipline, education, artistry and excellence. Their work in NHPS music programs both contributes to the classroom and improves their teaching skills.

YSM Teaching Artists work 3-10 hours each week during the school year, in close collaboration with NHPS music teachers. They lead group lessons, work one-on-one with individual students, and assist with activities like music theory and ear training. Teaching Artists are placed in 10–20 NHPS schools each year, depending on teacher requests. They also assist with the All-City Honors Ensembles program on Saturdays and Morse Summer Music Academy in the summer.

The instruction in all Yale programs for New Haven is based on two goals: mentorship and active music-making. These overriding goals are fully consistent with the mission of our school, and complement the standards-based music instruction in the New Haven Schools.

YSM Teaching Artists work closely with Lead Teacher Rubén Rodríguez and our Visiting Professor of Community Engagement to hone their skills in the classroom.