Bloomingdale's Education Partners

Bloomingdale's Education Partners


Our partner program focuses on complementing and supporting existing programs in our local schools and community organizations.

why we partner

The heart of Bloomingdale School of Music’s mission is providing open-access to music education to those in the community. Therefore, we continue to use our resources to provide high-quality after school music instruction and strengthen existing programs.

For More Information, email our Partnerships team at:

Laura Gravino, Senior Director of Programming
212-663-6021 ext. 125

Michael Morales, School Partnership Manager
212-663-6021 ext. 132

Creating Classrooms

Our partner model allows us to create music classrooms where they are needed the most.

Helping Teachers

We help teachers by providing more time with students and reinforcing lessons taught.

Opening doors

We bring neighbors and friends together through the opportunity and power of music.


Bloomingdale provides support to the full time music teacher by having a faculty member teach the overflow classes that would not otherwise get music classes. We visit once a week, providing lessons in music theory, history, hand drumming, singing and recorder learning. Faculty prepare students for in-school performances ranging from classroom show and tells to all school events with parent and guest audiences to Carnegie Hall play-in concerts.

Family Life Academy Charter Schools

Bloomingdale provides on-site violin instruction to four group classes per week at the FLACS II school in the South Bronx. The classes focus on building a solid technique on the instrument and on development of ensemble skills in preparation for in-school performances.

Morningside Retirement and Health Services

In 2019, Bloomingdale launched a partnership with Morningside Retirement and Health Services, which serves the residents of Morningside Gardens through programs that promote health and provide opportunities for education and socialization. BSM offers free weekly music instruction to older adults on site in the community. Our pilot year creative aging programming has included guitar classes and a music appreciation lecture series. 

The School at Columbia University

After their school day ends, students from The School at Columbia travel to Bloomingdale for their music classes. One-hour long group classes focused in violin, keyboard, recorder and vocal instruction run for a full year to compliment the in school music instruction students receive during the day.

Interested TSC students can register through the TSC After School program, Katy Saintil,

The Bloomingdale Family Program

In 2016, Bloomingdale School of Music began it’s partnership with Bloomingdale Family Program, a headstart educational program for children from low income backgrounds. Founded around the same time, this natural partnership came from a BSM student’s experience of volunteering with BFP and recognizing that there was a need for music instruction. BSM faculty member Shoshana Vogel provides classes for both students and parents, focusing on simple music making skills through hand percussion and vocalization, using both English and Spanish language songs and fun movement!