[ non-degree study ]
Training is accomplished in two ways. Intensive noncurricular classes each September prepare students for work as graduate teacher artists; more than forty students are hired as teacher artists each year. In addition, a course for credit in Community Engagement is offered in the fall.
For New Haven, the Music in Schools Initiative provides teacher artists who collaborate with music teachers; a citywide honors band, choir, and string orchestra; a series of solo competitions for New Haven music students; and substantial programs at John C. Daniels School (band) and Lincoln-Bassett School (strings).
These school-year programs are funded through an endowment created by the Yale College Class of 1957.
The Music in Schools Initiative also includes the Morse Summer Music Academy, a month-long daily intensive music program for seventy-five students from the New Haven Public Schools. It is funded by an endowment created by Lester and Dinny Morse. The Morse Summer Music Academy develops children’s music skills through daily lessons, ensembles, and classes.