The Saturday Music Project
at Turtle Bay Music School
Class of 2021 Application and Program Information
For an information sheet on SMP in Spanish, click here:
Para obtener una hoja de información sobre SMP en español, haga clic aquí: http://tbms.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Classof2021SMPInfoSheets-Spanish.pdf
Thank you for your interest in Turtle Bay Music School's Saturday Music Project!
Here is a little more information to get you started:
What is the Saturday Music Project?
The Saturday Music Project (SMP) is Turtle Bay Music School’s free music education program for motivated and dedicated students from every borough of NYC who have a love of music, but limited access to music instruction. SMP is open to all students entering grades 3, 4, or 5 in the Fall.

Each student accepted into the SMP program is awarded a full-tuition, four-year scholarship to the program. SMP curriculum includes 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.

When/Where does the program take place?
The program requires a four-year commitment and runs every Saturday from September through May, with the exception of school holidays.

Classes are held from 10:00 am – 12:15 pm for first year students, 12:30pm - 2:45pm for second year students, and from 2:00 - 4:45 for third and fourth year students. All classes are held at Turtle Bay Music School, located at 244 East 52nd Street in Manhattan (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues). Parent workshops are held during students’ lesson times.
Who can apply?
NYC students who are entering 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade in the Fall are welcome to apply. This program is intended for students who cannot otherwise afford music lessons. This program is for beginners, and not appropriate for students at an intermediate or advanced level on their chosen instrument.
What will my child learn?
Students in their first and second years of the program will:

• Receive an hour of Primary Instrument (cello, clarinet, flute, violin, or viola) instruction in a small group setting each Saturday during the school year

• Develop an understanding of tuned-percussion instruments, keyboard, and recorder and an ability to begin composing on instruments other than student’s primary instrument

• Benefit from our Core Curriculum, which includes Note Reading, 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

• Understand of the rehearsal and performance process as a member of an ensemble.

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

• Cultivate greater appreciation for music, with the foundation to become a “lifelong listener”

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.

When and Where will it take place?
The program requires a four-year commitment and runs every Saturday from September through May, with the exception of school holidays. All classes are held at Turtle Bay Music School: 244 East 52nd Street in Manhattan (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues). Parent workshops are held during students’ lesson times.

Class Schedule:
First Years: 10:00 am-12:15 pm
Second Years: 12:30pm - 2:45pm
Third & Fourth Years: 2:00pm - 4:45pm

Who can take part?
All NYC students entering grades 3, 4, or 5 in the Fall may apply to the program, though space is very limited and the application process is extremely competitive. This program is intended for students who would not otherwise have access to music lessons. This program is for beginners, and not appropriate for students at an intermediate or advanced level on their chosen instrument. No experience necessary!
What instruments can I choose from?
1. VIOLIN
2. VIOLA
3. CELLO
4. CLARINET
5. FLUTE


http://tbms.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/SMP-Instruments-2017.pdf

What are the costs?
• Non-refundable $50 application fee.

• Instrument rental fee (typically $100 - $150 per school year), to be arranged directly with our instrument rental partner, Music & Arts. TBMS staff will assist in the instrument application process. We strongly recommend that students rent instruments from our rental partner, rather than purchasing, as this allows TBMS to assist with sizing and any necessary repairs/replacement. If the student chooses to purchase an instrument, TBMS cannot assist in the maintenance or repairs of instruments.

• All students who pass the rigorous application process receive a full-tuition scholarship. For the four year program, this scholarship is valued at over $17,000.

What is the application process like?
Space is very limited and the application process is extremely competitive.

1. Completed applications are due by Saturday May 27, 2017, with no exceptions.

2. Follow-up family interviews for students being considered take place June 13 – 16, 2017. At your interview, you will be required to bring a $50 application fee (if you have not mailed it in previously), as well as proof of income 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. Final decisions are made by June 23, 2017. All applicants are notified of their status by mail.

4. Mandatory contract signing and instrument rental appointments will be scheduled to take place June 27 – 29, 2017.

What are the application requirements?
Please note that all application materials should be submitted in English.

1. Completed Application with $50 non-refundable application fee and essays by both student applicant and parent/guardian is due NO LATER THAN Saturday May 27, 2017

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 (submitted separately). You can print a copy of this form here: http://tbms.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/SMP-Teacher-Recommendation-2017.pdf. Applications cannot be considered complete until we have received this recommendation. Deadline is May 27th, 2017 without exceptions.

4. One Personal Recommendation (other than parent or guardian, submitted separately). You can print a copy of this form here: http://tbms.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/SMP-Personal-Recommendation-2017.pdf. Applications cannot be considered complete until we have received this recommendation. Deadline is May 27th, 2017 without exceptions.

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

How can I apply?
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You can also download a version to print from our website (http://tbms.org/community-programs/saturday-music-project) or email katie@tbms.org to request a hard copy to be mailed to your home. Copies can also be picked up at the front desk at Turtle Bay Music School.

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