Opus 118 Harlem School of Music

Opus 118 Harlem School of Music's mission is to transform the lives of our students through high-quality music instruction, enabling members of the Harlem community to develop their creative, scholastic, and personal strengths. We are guided by the philosophy that all students are entitled to the benefits of music study.
Mar 19, 2014

Intro. to Violin Classes in After-School Program

Intro to Violin Students
Intro to Violin Students

The After-School Program at Opus 118 recently added an Introduction to Violin group class for kindergarten and first grade students. This class meets the needs of those students who wish to learn to play violin, but may not yet be ready to commit to weekly private lessons in the After-School Program's 30-week academic year. The classes meet for twice-weekly sessions, on Mondays and Fridays, and focus on instrument set-up and basic sound production.

Class size is limited to no more than ten students, to meet the individual learning needs of each student. In addition to this high level of teacher involvement, students support one another, creating a fun environment in which to learn. The class also prepares students to start private or partner lessons upon graduation, by fostering good posture and sound production.

The Introduction to Violin classes began in December and another class with a brand new crop of students will begin next week and we're really looking forward to it!

Nov 8, 2013

Off to a Great Start!

Opus 118
Opus 118

We have wonderful news to share about the growth of our programs, early successes in our partnership with Kaufman Music Center, and our planning for future years. Without your support, none of these accomplishments would have been possible. Thank you!

As you know, we proudly serve students with private and partner lessons in our After-School Program, which offers highly-subsidized tuition rates and free ensemble participation for all who take private lessons. The program began on Monday, September 30th with more than 80 students registered, a remarkable increase over enrollment at the same time last year! Because many of our students cannot afford even the subsidized tuition, Opus 118 now gives financial aid to more than one-third of the after-school population.

Our In-School Program is growing with the addition of a sixth partner school, which includes a middle school. This year marks Opus 118's first foray into starting new violin students in the sixth grade. We are looking forward to the opportunities this opens up for future partnerships with middle schools in East Harlem.

This fall we also launched our new Teacher Training Program, which not only does gives our master teachers much-needed classroom support, but also helps us prepare for program expansion in future years. Our administrative staff also expanded to include a part-time Manager of Planning and Communications. We also welcomed a new part-time registrar to our staff who shares his time with the Special Music School and Kaufman Music Center.

The partnership with Kaufman Music Center has led to early successes beyond streamlined staff operations. Both new and returning funders have shown their confidence in our work with their support. As our partnership unfolds, we look forward to sharing our achievements and new developments with you. In the meantime, we hope you will consider renewing your support of our work in East Harlem!

Jul 17, 2013

End-of-Year Concert and Looking Forward to Fall

Opus 118 End-of-Year Concert Dress Rehearsal
Opus 118 End-of-Year Concert Dress Rehearsal

Last month, students in our In-School and After-School Programs performed in Opus 118's annual End-of-Year Concert. This concert was the 32nd annual concert led by cofounder Roberta Guaspari and featuring violin students from Central Park East I, Central Park East II, and River East Elementary School. The evening also marked the 22nd annual concert under Opus 118 and the successful completion of Opus 118's first year partnering with Kaufman Music Center.

At the beginning of last summer, Opus 118 and Kaufman Music Center came together over a shared vision (the same vision Roberta had for students in East Harlem more than 30 years ago) music education for all students. The partnership has directly impacted our programs with administrative support from key members of Kaufman Music Center's staff, and funding support. It has been a wonderful year and we are looking forward to continuing and building on this partnership.

As we prepare for the 2013-14 academic year, we have many reasons to celebrate. In-School Program is growing with additional classes being added. Registration for our After-School Program is now open for the start of classes on September 30th. In the meantime, if you would like more information about our programs or to learn how to register for our After-School Program, please contact me at rharkins@opus118.org.

We are looking forward to sharing another year of successes with you! 

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