Founded in 1894, Third Street is a leader in community arts education, providing music instruction in New York City for over 120 years, and has been partnering with city public schools since the 1960s.
Third Street’s teaching artists are active performers as well as educators. They live to sing, dance, play musical instruments, improvise, share their love of the arts, and teach. Their classes are energetic, interactive, and fun.
The most remarkable part of the Drum Line program is its instructor. He is a consummate musician who sets high standards for our students. In past years, he taught both deaf and hearing students with the aid of two interpreters. He has developed a rapport with the students, the success of whom can be measured by their increasingly complex and impressive concerts.Watfa Shama, Principal, “47” The American Sign Language and English Secondary School
From hip-hop dance to world percussion, rock band to chamber music, Third Street’s broad array of programs give you a myriad of options for building music into your curriculum.
Third Street has consistently delivered quality music instruction that has garnered significant enthusiasm and financial support from the parents at PS 130. During my tenure we had so many interested students that we had to take on a second instructor to help with the teaching load.Lily Woo, Former Principal, PS 130
Director, Cahn Fellows Program for Distinguished Public School Principals
A partnership with Third Street is more than a class; it is an invitation to join the Third Street family and collaborate in making music and the arts a vital part of the curriculum. Partner school students are offered discounts on lessons at our East 11th Street site, the chance to play in orchestras, sing in choirs, or dive in to music theory and composition. A class at your school is only the first step in your students’ lifelong journey in music.
The partnership experience has a long-lasting effect. I see it in the way the students look forward to being in class, the way they sound in performance, their posture, how they express themselves, and their whole physical beings. It’s been really extraordinary. Music invites students to open their eyes and invites a new awareness to the world around them. Experiencing the arts gives our students an opportunity to succeed in ways that they can’t always in the classroom.Karen Feuer, Principal, PS 110
Third Street’s approach parallels the Common Core. Our classes treat musical notation as a language, emphasizing reading complexity and evidence-based interpretation. Students are encouraged to use reason to connect words, rhythms, and pitches into a coherent musical vocabulary.