Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Neighborhood Music School Offers Open House!

Neighborhood Music School (NMS) will present a free Open House on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Families can come see NMS in action by visiting a variety of classes and studios, and participating in several fun activities, including early childhood music & movement classes (for children five and under), a scavenger hunt, the instrument "petting zoo," where children can try out many different instruments and there will be face painting as well. The Open House also features a performance by popular folk singer, Phil Rosenthal, starting at 12:15 p.m.
Phil Rosenthal is a nationally renowned singer, songwriter, recording artist and record producer. For many years the lead singer and guitarist in the popular bluegrass group The Seldom Scene, he is also highly respected for his instrumental skills on banjo and mandolin.

Phil and his wife Beth Sommers run American Melody, a recording company devoted to producing bluegrass and folk music for children and families. The label's 22 releases have won many awards from the Parents' Choice Foundation, the American Library Association, and other organizations. Phil will be leading a Folk/Bluegrass ensemble at NMS this fall.
NMS's Fall semester began Sept. 9, but it’s not too late to register.  For more information on classes and lessons, visit For questions about private music lessons, contact the NMS Student Services team by calling 203-624-5189.

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Instrument Petting Zoo – upper level
Face Painting & Popcorn table – main level, atrium.

Interactive Events- NMS Recital Hall
10:15 – 10:45 a.m. - African Drumming & Dance w/Tatchol Camara & Hanan Hameen
11:00 – 11:30 a.m. - Early Childhood Music & Movement Class w/Beth Patella (Ages 4 – 5 ½)
11:40 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. - Early Childhood Music & Movement Class w/Beth Patella (Ages 0–3 with parent)
12:15 – 1:00 p.m. Phil Rosenthal Concert

Open Studio – Lower Level Dance Space
10:55 – 11:35 – Creative Dance (Ages 4 - 5 ½)  Participatory Class

For over a century, Neighborhood Music School (“NMS”) has been developing human potential and building community through the performing arts. NMS offers high-quality educational arts programs in a safe, supportive environment for students of all ages and backgrounds. NMS programs are made possible in part with support from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, and the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, along with many other generous foundations, corporations and individuals.  The instrument petting zoo is made possible with the support of the City of New Haven Mayor’s Community Arts Grants Program.