Summer 2024 Session

Registration for the Summer 2024 Session is now open. To register please email or call (315) 842 4489. 

Individual Lessons (In-Person or Online) 

Piano, voice, guitar, electric bass, drums, trumpet, saxophone, clarinet, composition, improvisation, braille music, music technology, and music theory.  The summer session includes a package of four (4) lessons. No registration fee applies during the summer session.

  • 45 minute lessons: $160.00 ($40.00 per lesson)
  • 60 minute lessons: $200.00 ($50.00 per lesson)

Field Trips (In-Person)
Coordinators: Dalia Sakas, Richard Thai 
Cost: $10.00 per person per field trip
Age: All ages welcome

  • Met Museum (New York, NY).  Discover the vast music instrument collection housed at the Met Museum.
  • Noguchi Museum (Queens, NY).  Explore Isamu Noguchi’s sculpture collection through a special touch tour.
  • Power Station at BerkleeNYC (New York, NY).  Tour one of New York City’s premier recording studios.
  • Steinway Showroom (New York, NY). Dive into the inner workings of the piano with a licensed technician. 

Epic Musicals: Les Misérables and The Phantom of the Opera (Online)

Teacher: Michelle Trovato
Day/Time: Wednesday, 5:00 PM (EDT)
Dates: July 10, 17, 24, and 31
Cost: $80.00
Description: Explore two of the biggest musicals of all time! Les Mis and Phantom, both based on epic novels. Both musicals feature stunning, massive production value, both premiered in the 1980s, both ran for many years on Broadway and around the world, and both have been made into feature films. They pair perfectly together!

This 4-week online class will feature two classes for each musical. The first class will explore the music, drama, and history of the show. The second class will feature a former Broadway cast member, joining us to discuss their experiences, character development, behind-the-scenes secrets, and more!

Songwriting Workshop (In-Person)
Teacher: Ginny Owens
Day/Time: Saturday, 12:00 – 1:30 PM 
Dates: July 13, 20, 27, and August 3
Cost: $80.00 
Age: High school, adults
Description: Learn how to write a song or hone your songwriting skills with singer/songwriter, Ginny Owens, who has used her story of finding hope in the darkness to create uplifting music. 

Chair Yoga (In-Person)
Teacher: Susan Genis
Day/Time: Friday, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Dates: July 12, 19, 26, and August 2
Age: Adults

Cost: $80.00, or no charge with the registration of an individual lesson during the summer session
Description: Gentle stretches and yoga postures sitting in chairs, all verbally described and accessible for blind or visually impaired students of all ages and abilities.  Yoga focuses on breath to connect body and mind, deepen awareness, increase flexibility and stamina, as well as relaxation. No prior experience necessary.

Voice Lab (In-Person)
Teacher: Michelle Trovato
Day/Time: Friday, 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Dates: July 12, 19, 26, and August 2
Age: High school, adults
Cost: $80.00 
Description: Learn vocal technique, repertoire and stage presence in a group setting.

Introduction to Tidal Waves and FiLOrk (The Fil Laptop Orchestra)
Teachers: Willie Payne, Matthew Kaney
Day/Time: To be determined based on registration
Cost: $80.00 
Age: High school, adults
Description: Learn how to generate dynamic electronic music in real time using code in a collaborative setting.

Meet the Monarch: A Short Introduction to the Future of Multi-Line Braille and Graphics (In-Person)
Teacher: Daniel Gillen
Day/Time: Session/s to be determined based on registration
Age: High school, adults
Cost: $10.00 
Note: Each session is limited to 3-4 participants
Description: Have you ever dreamed of scrolling through a book, braille music score, or tactile graphic on your braille note-taker/tablet without having to advance the display every two seconds? The wait is almost over with the up-and-coming Monarch, a partnership between the American Printing House (APH) and Humanware that aims to greatly improve access to all kinds of tactile materials at home, school or work. In the lead-up to the expected launch of this product in the fall, FMDG is pleased to offer two demonstration workshops for interested students. In these demos, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the cool possibilities the Monarch has to offer. If you’re familiar with Humanware braille products such as Brailliant displays or the BrailleNote Touch Plus tablet, the basic commands are largely the same. What’s more, you’ll be introduced to some of the unique concepts that come with multi-line braille and tactile graphics, such as selecting menu options with point-and-click gestures, zooming in/out and panning within a graphic, and selecting text in multi-line editing situations. You’ll be applying these to braille music scores and some musically relevant tactile graphics. We’d like to know how a device like the Monarch could help you, especially when it comes to music education. That’s in addition to the promised access to math and science that the developers have worked towards.

Fall 2024 Semester

Individual Lessons

Instruments offered include piano, guitar, electric bass, violin, drums, saxophone, clarinet, flute, recorder, and voice. Braille music, music theory, music technology, composition and arranging are also offered as individual lessons. Individual lessons are taught by highly sought-after professionals in their fields. Students are encouraged to study in-person but can also request remote lessons. Pricing is for the entire semester (14 lessons).  To register please contact or call (315) 842 4489. 

  • 45 minute lesson: $525.00
  • 60 minute lesson: $675.00

Group Classes

Core music subjects like theory and music appreciation are often best learned in group settings. To enhance one’s individual study, students are encouraged to enroll in these core classes to round out their music education. 


Ensembles meet in-person on a weekly basis at 92nd Street Y and rehearse throughout the academic year.  The tuition for one (1) ensemble is $100.00 per semester. Please note that the registration fee of $25.00 applies.

The FMDG Music School Vocal Ensemble is a small group of twenty-five singers selected by audition. Dr. Dalia Sakas is the choral conductor for the group, assisted by Dr. Leslie Jones, pianist. The vocal ensemble is renowned for its vocal performances at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, especially for its caroling at The Cloisters. Rehearsals are scheduled on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 PM. 

The vocal ensemble performance of A Festive Pat-a-Pan (Trad. French Carol) arr. Tom Fettke and Thomas Grassi was recorded at The Met Cloisters.

Latin Ensemble is a group that explores the music from South America and is directed by Pablo Rodriguez.  Rehearsals are scheduled on Friday afternoons at 2:00 PM. This ensemble is open to woodwind, brass, and rhythm section instrumentalists. 

For a taste of the Latin Ensemble performing watch Sabor a Mi by Álvaro Carrillo

Adult students who are enrolled in an individual lesson are eligible to register for one ensemble free of charge. Otherwise, the tuition for an ensemble is listed above.
New ensembles arise from students’ interests and a desire to make music together. Past ensembles have included rock groups, Latin and jazz ensembles and a barbershop quartet. The Fil’ faculty and directors are always open to suggestions for new or renewed ensembles.

Fridays at The Fil

Fridays at The Fil is a program with the goal to provide challenging in-person group learning, social interaction, and the opportunity to perform together.  All group classes take place at 92NY.  

The tuition for a package of three (3) group classes is $525.00, and the tuition for one (1) group class is $250.00.  Please note that the registration fee of $25.00 applies. The following group classes are offered in the Fall 2024 semester:

Tap Dance
Description: A fun and accessible class that explores the fundamentals of tap dance
Teacher: Max Pollak (92NY Harkness Dance Center)
Day/Time: Friday, 3:30 PM
Duration: 1 hour
Requirements: Tap dance shoes

Voice Lab
Description: A group class for singers to workshop music and to receive vocal coaching. A fun and lively class to improve vocal technique and gain confidence while working on choral and other ensemble music.
Teacher: Michelle Trovato
Day/Time: Friday, 2:00 PM
Duration: 1 hour

The Fall 2024 Early Registration period runs from July 15 – August 3, 2024.  The regular registration period is from August 19 – 30, 2024. To register please lessons, or Fridays at The Fil please contact or call (315) 842 4489.

Note regarding cost
: The cost of lessons, classes and program participation does not cover the expense of these offerings. Thanks to the generous support of our donors — individuals, foundations, trusts, corporations, government — tuition for FMDG Music School students is subsidized to make the cost more affordable for those paying as individuals/families.  

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