Applications will become available in the spring of 2017.

Thank you for your interest in the Saturday Music Project.

For questions about the program, contact Katie Mazzari,

Director of Community Programs at (212) 753-8811 ext. 221


Applications for the Class of 2020 are now available!

Submit all application components by May 25, 2016 to be considered. All materials should be submitted in English. A complete application includes:

1. Completed Application by May 25, 2016, including essays by both student applicant and parent/guardian. Click here to access a printable pdf, or click here to fill out the application online.

2. Financial documentation (W-2’s, Tax Forms, Pay Stubs, Bank Statements, a Letter from your Employer stating your monthly income, or a written explanation of your family’s financial situation are all acceptable documentation and will be kept confidential).

3. One Teacher Recommendation (may be sent separately) — click here for the form.

4. One Personal Recommendation (other than parent or guardian) — click here for the form.

5. Families being considered for the program must also attend a follow-up family interview.

6.  A $50 non-refundable application fee is also required, and may be mailed directly to Turtle Bay Music School (check or money order only), or dropped off during the family interview (cash, check, money order, Visa, MasterCard).

Each accepted student chooses a primary instrument to study. Click here to learn about the different options!

What is The Saturday Music Project?

The Saturday Music Project (SMP) is Turtle Bay Music School’s music education program offered to motivated and dedicated students (entering grades 3, 4, or 5 in the Fall) from across the five boroughs, who have a love of music, but little or no access to music instruction. Each student accepted into the SMP program is awarded a full- tuition, four-year scholarship to receive small group instruction on a primary instrument (cello, clarinet, flute, violin, or viola), as well as a rotating schedule of courses in our Core Curriculum, designed to foster musicianship and give students a well-rounded understanding of music-making as an art form.

Saturday Music Project

Students in their first and second years of the program will:

  • Receive an hour of Primary Instrument instruction in a small group setting each Saturday during the school year
  • Benefit from our Core Curriculum, which includes Keyboard Skills, Music Theory, Composition, Music History, Orff-based Percussion and Creative Movement, Percussion Ensemble, and Recorder Ensemble
  • Participate in performance opportunities both at TBMS and in the community

In addition, Parents/Guardians join students in their primary instrument classes for the first five weeks of the program, in order to learn the skills necessary to assist their child with music-making and practicing in their home. After these classes, parents are offered their own Parent Workshops in a variety of topics surrounding their young musician’s progress through the program.

Students in their third and fourth years of the program will:

  • Receive an hour of Primary Instrument instruction in a small group setting
  • Participate as a member of the SMP Orchestra
  • Build ensemble skills and learn to understand the important role of teamwork in an ensemble setting
  • Participate in performance opportunities both at TBMS and in the community
  • Be prepared to audition for intermediate-level Orchestras and Ensembles throughout the city, including music-focused middle and high schools

After successfully completing the four-year program:

Alumni receive a full-tuition scholarship to join the Turtle Bay Music School Orchestra and participate in weekly group lessons on their primary instrument. This experience allows students to continue building on skills they have acquired in SMP, while providing them with a way to keep music in their lives well into their future.

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Turtle Bay Music School gratefully acknowledges the D’Addario Foundation, Exploring the Arts, the Horne Family Foundation, MUFG, New York State Council on the Arts, The William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation, and Sony for their support of the Saturday Music Project.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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