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Fostering education, access, and inclusion for people of all ages with vision loss


The FMDG Music School offers lessons and classes for students of all ages and levels, from beginner to advanced. Classes and lessons take place at the 92Y at 1395 Lexington Avenue and at Funkadelic Studios at 209 West 40th Street. Our Vocal Ensemble rehearsals take place at VISIONs at Selis Manor.

Individual Lessons: Adults and Children

Lessons are offered in voice, piano, guitar, recorder, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, drums, percussion, braille music and accessible music technology.

Ensembles: Adults

Ensembles include the Vocal Ensemble, Latin Jazz Ensemble, Contemporary Pop/Rock Ensemble, and Rock Band Workshop. Certain ensembles require audition.

Comprehensive Music Program for Young People (CMPYP)

High quality music training for students between the ages of 7 and 21

The CMPYP meets on Saturdays throughout the academic year. Several classes are offered as part of this innovative program: solfège/theory/ braille music, computer sequencing, music appreciation, enrichment, instrumental ensemble and youth chorus. Classes are 45 minutes long and are presented as an all-day program.

We strive to customize the experience for each student based on interests, needs, abilities and age. Every student receives three music classes as part of the CMPYP curriculum. Additional group classes and individual lessons will incur an additional fee.

Through the CMPYP Music Enrichment Program, students participate in performances featuring professional artists and ensembles at the Music School. The Enrichment Program includes outings to live performances and cultural venues throughout New York City.

Tuition and Registration

Registration for the spring 2020 semester starts January 6, 2020. Please call us at (315) 842-4489 for more information.

Fees and Payments

Fees are semester-based, determined by course type, and reflect a substantial tuition subsidy for people who are visually impaired.

Spring 2019 Tuition per Semester:

Individual lessons (45 minutes) - $465
Performance ensembles - $100
(For students enrolled in individual lessons, one performance ensemble fee will be waived.)
Comprehensive Music Program for Young People - $480
Registration Fee - $25 (nonrefundable)

Payment Procedures

At the time of enrollment all students must pay the full tuition cost plus the registration fee in order for class/lesson requests to be processed. Please contact us for payment options and procedures.

Semester Calendar


Start Date for adults: Tuesday, September 3
Start Date for CMPYP: Saturday, September 7
Closed for Thanksgiving Week: Monday, November 25 to Saturday, November 30
End Date for adults: Friday, December 20
End Date for CMPYP: Saturday, December 21



Start Date for CMPYP: Saturday, January 25
Start Date for adults: Tuesday, January 28
Closed Saturday, February 15 for Presidents’ Day
Spring Break: Saturday, April 11 - Friday, April 18
End Date for adults: Friday, May 15
Closed Saturday, May 23 for Memorial Day
End Date for CMPYP: Saturday, May 30