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November 2017 Newsletter


What is learning music REALLY about?

Music has a unique ability to connect with our souls, bring peace, and untangle the most stressful day. Musicians will all agree that something amazing happens when they are making music–it’s a little like magic.

Kids in school get better grades when they also study music. Music lights up the creative side of the brain and allows a creative outlet that brings calm and peace to crazy schedules and filled-up calendars.

Kids who meet with their instructor once a week find a powerful mentor relationship: teaching, encouraging, leading, guiding. Encouragement is the best motivator and our teachers pour it out liberally!

Kids who perform on stage feel a sense of accomplishment and pride that will follow them throughout life. They discover how to be nervous (and a little scared) and how to get on stage and perform anyway. The sense of accomplishment is off the charts and you’ll see their faces beam with pride as they exit the stage. This confidence carries into many areas of life. Students realize that nervousness can be conquered and the reward for “doing it anyway” is something to be championed!

Music is so much more than learning an instrument! It teaches a love for the arts, a connection to something extremely powerful, and a way to express thought and emotions. Music gives students confidence and a sense of accomplishment!

Parents, thank you for giving your child the gift of music! If you’re a musician, I hope you’re in lessons, too! There’s nothing better than sitting down to make music after a full, crazy day.

Music is powerful and amazing and we are so blessed to bring incredible teachers and off-the-charts instruction to the Harrison community and surrounding areas!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Let’s make some music!

Samuel Faraci, M.M.

Please welcome our 36 NEW students who enrolled in October!
Asah A.
Alyssa A.
Jill A.
Sophia B.
Luke C.
Raymond C.
Giovanni C.
Liam C.
Ethen D.
Jacqueline E.
Matthew F.
Kate F.
Sean G.
Callie G.
Greg I.
Anita J.
Nicolas L.
Victor L.
Maryna L.
Nate L.
Thomas M.
Ryan M.
Nicholas M.
Ciriana M.
Katherine P.
John P.
Pietro R.
Shiloh S.
Brishti S.
Raathri S.
Cassandra S.
Stewart T.
Bryant U.
Anita V.
Jahlon W.
Check out all of these GREAT entries for our Halloween Costume Contest! 

Thank you all for participating. Our winner is Alex, dressed as Dapper Death (holding his saxophone!)  Alex won a $50 Amazon Gift Card.  Congratulations Alex!

November 2017 Pet Of The Month!
We have Lila and pet, Humphrey, the Guinea Pig. Humphrey is Lila’s classroom pet and she earned the responsibility to take care of him at home for the weekend! Humphrey enjoys running on his wheel in his cage and loves food. Humphrey’s favorite meal is carrots and Halloween candy!

Stay tuned to meet our next Pet of the Month!

Please email us pictures of you and your pet and stories of your pets at  If we feature your pet as the pet of the month, we’ll give you a $25 Harrison School of Music retail credit!


Tuesday November 22nd – Sunday November 26th – (No Lessons)

Sunday December 3rd at the Bendheim Performing Arts Center

Winter Break
Friday December 22nd – Sunday January 1st – (No Lessons)

February Break
Sunday February 18th – Sunday February 25th – (No Lessons)

March Break
Sunday March 25th – Sunday April 1st – (No Lessons)

Celebrating Student Achievement – The Musical Ladder System®

The Harrison and New City School of Music are the only music schools in Westchester and Rockland Counties that gives their students the opportunity to earn special color wristband bracelets (kids and teens love them!), trophies AND certificates for passing musical tests with the Musical Ladder System®. Do other schools offer trophies and certificates? A few. But none of them inspire their students with smiling faces by giving them full color, really cool “Musical Ladder System®” wristbands that they can show off to their friends.

More importantly when our students have a test coming up, they practice more, their parents are proud, their teachers are proud, and everybody wins!

Pictured Above: Intro To Music Student DeVine earned her Musician Wristband. She studies with Emily.
Pictured Above: Piano student Lily earned her Apprentice Wristband. She studies with Hayley.
Pictured Above: Voice student Ellie earned her Musician Wristband.  She studies with Greta.
Pictured Above: Saxophone student Hiroto earned his Maestro Wristband. He studies with Adam.

Be on the lookout in next month’s news and on our Facebook page for more great pics of our award winning students!

We’d like to take a minute to say THANK YOU to these families who referred NEW families to the Harrison School of Music and New City School of Music.  

The Osbourn Family
The Buccarelli
The Gaviola Family
The Grillo Family
The Roldan Family
The Vincent Family
The Pisano Family
The Sookvibul Family
The Raihan Family
The Williams Family
The Udell Family
The Wagner Family
The Nair Family

Every time you refer a new student to the Harrison School of Music or the New City School of Music, we will also give you your choice of a Target Gift Card, Amazon Gift Card, or Movie Passes to say THANK YOU for your referral!

Is YOUR Teacher Sold Out?

Many teachers have sold out between 3:00pm and 8:30pm. If you need a schedule change or would like to be added to a waiting list for a particular teacher, day or time, please contact any of our office staff team, and they can add you to the waiting list. If you are not a student yet, there are still limited lessons spots available. To inquire about openings for November & December send an e-mail to or Or you can call the Harrison office at 914-698-1500 or the New City office at 845-499-2137.

partial list of teachers with waiting lists:

Brian B: Tuesdays & Thursdays- SPACE LIMITED
Kevin S
. – Mondays / Thursdays – 1 Spot Left 

Andrew K: Mon: 2 SPOTS LEFT / Tues: 1 SPOT LEFT
Don P: Saturdays – 2 SPOTS LEFT

Greta M.: Mon, Thurs & Fri: 1 SPOT LEFT
Nicole L: Tues  –  2 SPOTS LEFT
Kristina K: Mon & Fri – 1 SPOT LEFT / Thurs: 2 SPOTS LEFT
Samantha F: – Wed – 1 SPOT LEFT
Meghan L.: Mon & Tues – 2 SPOTS LEFT!

Taeko R: Tues: SOLD OUT
Emily S: Tues & Thurs:  SPACE LIMITED
Bob Y: Sat. – SOLD OUT


Akiko K: Saturdays – SPACE LIMITED
Lauren J: 
Thursdays – 2 SPOTS LEFT
Emily S: 
Querube G
.: Saturdays – SPACE LIMITED
Stephanie C:  Fridays – SPACE LIMITED

Saxophone/ Flute/ Clarinet:
Ben B: Mondays – 1 SPOT LEFT / Tuesdays – SOLD OUT
Adam H. – Wednesdays: 2 SPOTS LEFT
Jessica L: Saturdays: SPACE LIMITED