About Us

Mission and Values

Turtle Bay Music School strives to spread the transformative power of music by providing the highest quality music education and experiences to all in the community who seek them.

Turtle Bay Music School believes:

  • Everyone is welcome to share our passion for music, regardless of age, ability, or economic status.
  • Music education should be made available to all school-aged children.
  • Community service is integral to TBMS as a way for the school to share its mission and values with the people of New York.
  • TBMS is committed to creating a wide range of opportunities for our dedicated and talented faculty to pursue continued excellence as educators and performers.

As a National Guild member, Turtle Bay Music School is committed to ensuring all people have opportunities to maximize their creative potential. We encourage you to visit www.nationalguild.org to learn more about community arts education around the country.


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From the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

Turtle Bay Music School (TBMS) was founded in 1925 based on the belief of nurturing a vibrant community through music. Today, our programs continue to be rooted in the fundamental belief that music is an innate part of each of us, and that we all can learn, enjoy, and grow through music. I am thrilled that you are exploring TBMS: whether you are a long-time student or a new community member looking to explore your musical side, TBMS welcomes you.

As you look through our offerings, I encourage you to explore what both brings you joy and challenges you. Our faculty and staff are here to help guide you to find the best fit for you, and we are excited to share in your musical journey. We offer lessons and classes for all ages and skill levels, and our philosophy is focused on meeting each student’s individual needs and goals. We strive to cultivate a nurturing and vibrant community, where people of all backgrounds can be connected and inspired through music. There are many ways you can become involved, from our monthly performance opportunities, to attending our free Daytime Lecture Series and the Artist Series at TBMS, to participating in our annual Perform-A-Thon.

As a nonprofit community music school, TBMS works to increase access to music education and experiences through our Community Programs and tuition assistance. Our new location at 330 East 38th Street is fully accessible and features a performance hall, five group teaching rooms, 13 studios, and places to gather. It is truly a space that will see us into our second century of music-making.

Welcome to TBMS.

Lorna Jane Norris

Executive Director