October 2018 Newsletter

Thank you Westchester for voting us “Best Music Lessons for Kids” in Westchester Family Magazine 2 Years In A Row! Our students and their parents are what make us great! Read the article on Page 22 of Westchester Family’s July 2018 issue here: https://issuu.com/downtownexpress/docs/westchesterfamily_2018_07_lo

“I’m so glad my parents let me quit music lessons when I was a child!”

~ Said no adult ever!!!!

Here at the Harrison School of Music, we hear virtually ALL parents and our adult students say:

“I wish my parents had helped me to stay in music lessons when I was a child. I REALLY regret quitting!”

Yes, taking music lessons can have its difficult times and its easy times.  When a child starts off with lessons, it’s a lot of fun!  Then about 2 or 3 months into lessons when a little more effort needs to be exerted to have that ‘breakthrough’ for it to be fun and easy again, we start to hear children say….“This is too hard, I don’t want to practice!”

Next comes the parent freak out!  The parent comes to the front desk and says “I’m not paying for lessons if my child is not practicing at home!”

Let’s take a step back for a second. We’re in the middle of soccer season right now.  Do you expect your child to go in the back yard every night and practice dribbling, shooting and throw-ins?  No!! Your child goes to practice once per week, and has a game once per week with their team, and that’s about it.

So, what is your child learning in soccer by only attending their team practice once per week? They are learning to enjoy soccer for soccer.  Same thing with music!  If your child enjoys coming to lessons, loves their teacher, but isn’t digging the practicing at home…that’s OK.  They are learning to love music by having a great experience coming to lessons!  The time will come when it clicks and they start practicing because they want to and find it enjoyable.  This is also a phenomenal lesson in perseverance!

Here at the school, we have several teachers for each instrument, and we offer 10 of the most popular instruments! When students have been in a slump we’ve offered for them try a different instructor or instrument and their music education then sky-rocketed! Sometimes a new instructor will approach the lesson differently, or another instrument is just more interesting to the student, and that can make ALL the difference. So…….how can we help YOU help YOUR child stay with music so that as adults they don’t regret having quit?

Please welcome our 61 NEW Students
who enrolled in September!

Asah A.
Desi A.
Manu A.
Brandon B.
Sydney B.
Elias B.
Jack B.
Declan B.
McKenzie B.
Owen B.
Matias C.
Spencer C.
Audrey C.
Carter C.
Christopher C
Brendan C.
Anthony C.
Marc C.
Haylee C.
Aiyanna G.
Amour G.
Kasie G.
Susan H.
Yung H.
Chris H.
Edwin I.
Brandon I.
Alex K.
Cooper K.
Freddie K.
Charlotte L.
Gabriel L.
Maia L.
Ralph L.
Mina M.
Shoma N.
Merylin N.
Caleb N.
Chukwvemeka O.
Benjamin O.
Emma O.
Grace P.
Rozahira P.
Eliana P.
Mia P.
Caroline P.
Kyna P.
Anna P.
Logan R.
Christopher R.
Kaylee R.
Brandon S.
Uziel S.
Julia S.
Ellie S.
William S.
Samantha S.
Julian T.
Christian W.
Ali Z.
Banjamin Z

Did you see us in the Westchester County Moms Blog?

Check out this great first hand review from a local mom with her son studying guitar with us at the Harrison School of Music!

Is YOUR Teacher Sold Out?

Many teachers have sold out. 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 October & November send an e-mail to office@harrisonmusicschool.com oroffice@newcitymusicschool.com. Or you can call the Harrison office at 914-698-1500 or the New City office at 845-499-2137.

Brian B – Thurs – ONE SPOT LEFT
James H: Sat: SOLD OUT

Don P.
Rossen N:  Mon & Wed: SOLD OUT
Andrew K: Mon: ONE SPOT LEFT
Michael T: Tues: ONE SPOT LEFT

Hayley B: SOLD OUT
Meghan L.: Mon: ONE SPOT LEFT
Tamuz N: Mon: SOLD OUT

Jaime B
Taeko R: Tues: 1 SPOT LEFT
Marian S.: Wed: SOLD OUT

Saxophone/ Flute/ Clarinet:
Ben B:
 Mon & Tues:  SOLD OUT
Adam H: Wed: 1 SPOT LEFT
Ian B.: Mon: 1 SPOT LEFT



November 22nd – 25th – No Lessons

December 8th & 9th

December Break:
December 23rd – 31st – No Lessons

New Year’s Day:
January 1st – No Lessons

February Break:
February 18 – 24 – 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: Guitar Student Alex earned his Prodigy Trophy. He studies with Nick.
Pictured Above: Clarinet Student Samantha earned her Song Bird Wristband and Trophy. She studies with Casey.
Pictured Above: Piano Student Nathan earned his Song Bird Trophy and Wristband.  He studies with Greta.
Pictured Above: Viola Student Laura earned her Song Bird Trophy. She studies with Emily.

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

To learn more about how the system can help your child to get better grades, improved confidence, and self esteem and more, please email us at office@harrisonmusicschool.com or office@newcitymusicschool.com

We LOVE Referrals!

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 Johnston Family
The Bartolome Family
The Buccarelli Family
The Wagner Family
The Orzo Family
The Turaga Family
The Canter Family
The Grillo Family
The Pisano Family
The Klein Family
The Rinaldi Family
The Castaldo Family
The Haber Family
The McLeod Family
The Joseph Family
The Rocha Family
The Nair Family
The Curry Family
The Gaviola Family


Refer your friends to the Harrison & New City School of Music! When they sign up for lessons, as our way of saying THANK YOU, well give YOU 1 FREE month of 30 minute lessons (A $223 value!)


Meet Cocoa Bean, a 12 year old Toy Manchester Terrier to guitar student, Jill.  She loves eating, snuggling and playing ball.  She can frequently be found cuddling with a family member or hanging out under the kitchen table waiting for something yummy to fall.  Cocoa is pretty easy going but is happy that her mommy chose the guitar over drums.

Email us a picture of you and your pet and a brief story about your pet, and you could be chosen as our next pet of the month! If you are chosen, you’ll receive a $25 retail credit to use towards books or musical supplies at the school!

Now Offering Lessons 7 Days Per Week! We know how busy our families are with SO many activities during the week, so we are now open on Sundays for lessons from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m to help accommodate your busy schedule!  Please see the front desk if you are interested in moving your lesson time to Sundays!

Did you see us in RocklandNYMom.com?

Check out this great first hand review from a local mom with her son studying drums with us at the New City School of Music!

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