Youth Classes

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.

  • 30 minute lessons: $140.00 ($35.00 per lesson)
  • 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.
  • Exploring the Piano at 92Y (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, 6:00 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!

Finding Your Voice: Discovering Your Inner Songwriter (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. 

  • Discover the secret ingredients that make some songs great
  • Begin to craft your own songs—both melodies and lyrics
  • Collaborate with others on song creation
  • Learn how to conquer writer’s block

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: Saturday, July 13 and July 20, at 4:00 PM
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, violin, drums, guitar, electric bass, 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). Please note that a $25.00 registration fee applies per student each semester. 

  • 30 minute lesson: $375.00
  • 45 minute lesson: $525.00
  • 60 minute lesson: $675.00

Comprehensive Music Program for Young People (CMPYP)

CMPYP provides high quality music training every Saturday at 92nd Street Y from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM to students between the ages of 7 and 19. Each class is 45-60 minutes in length and students participate in at least three classes per semester, based on their interests and abilities, as part of the CMPYP curriculum. The program operates on a 30-week academic year with spring and fall semesters. 
The goal of the program is to provide students with the specific tools – musically and socially—that they need to succeed personally and in their respective public and private schools. 
Individual study is provided in piano, drums and percussion, guitar, violin, voice, saxophone, and clarinet. Group class instruction is part of the sequential curriculum in ear training, theory, braille music, music appreciation, and dance. Students have the opportunity to participate in a number of ensembles including a chorus, instrumental ensemble, laptop orchestra, drum circle, and the top-notch GuavaTones, a mixed teen vocal ensemble. Students have access to the Music School’s Accessible Music Technology Program, an integral part of music theory, MIDI composing, sequencing and arranging.  
Classes may include Braille music, music theory, music technology, composition and arranging, drum circle, laptop orchestra, and tap dance, in collaboration with 92Y Harkness Dance Center.  
  • Full program (Three classes): $525.00
  • Full program (Three classes) + one 45 minute lesson: $1,050.00
  • One Group Class: $150.00

Please note that the tuition for the CMPYP does not include individual instrumental lessons. 

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 the CMPYP 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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