FAQ

General FAQ

Yes!  We are hosting in-person concerts and events at limited capacity, and have also successfully reimagined most of our hallmark events to a virtual environment and can host even larger audiences beyond brownstone. Check our events page for more information.

Bloomingdale has shifted to smaller in-person audiences for concerts and events in the Brownstone in accordance with NYC and NYS health and safety guidelines. Most events require an RSVP for reservation, this is communicated out via email and on social media. Select events are live streamed and recorded.

The best mode of contact is via email or phone. Please email the Registration team at registrar@bsmny.org with any questions or call us at (212)663-6021. Registration staff are available for the Fall Semester 7 days a week

  • Monday: 9 am to 7 pm
  • Tuesday: 9 am to 7 pm
  • Wednesday: 9 am to 7 pm
  • Thursday: 9 am to 7 pm
  • Friday: 9 am to 7 pm
  • Saturday: 9 am to 5 pm
  • Sunday: 10am to 6pm

Find our summer hours of operation here. 

Although Bloomingdale’s schedule is set to roughly correspond to the public school schedule, there are differences in the calendars. Please check our calendar for a complete listing of Bloomingdale’s closings. 

Let’s keep in touch! We love staying connected with our families and students during this time and we thank you for all your emails and feedback. You can join our email newsletter here so we can keep you updated with what’s going on at Bloomingdale! 

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COVID-19 FAQ

We are deeply committed to the safety of our students, faculty, and staff. To that end, we have developed certain policies in order to safely gather in person and a brief overview is listed below. More information on COVID safety and a complete list of COVID-19 Safety Guidelines and Procedures will be accessible on our website and linked here shortly.

  • Prior to traveling to the school, all staff, faculty, students, and families are asked to self-screen via the Daily Health Screening Survey.
  • Masks are required while inside the building. A limited number of disposable masks are to be distributed to the public and interested persons should visit the Registration Office located in the lower level of the building.
  • Staff, faculty and students and the public continue to maintain 3-feet or more of social distance when inside the building.
  • Waiting areas will be limited and we encourage families and parents/guardians of students ages 10 and above to drop off and pick up in front of the brownstone to promote social distancing inside the building.
  • All vaccine-eligible staff, faculty, students, and visitors over the age of 5 are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and show proof of vaccination.
  • Yes, as shared to our community in August, Bloomingdale will require all vaccine-eligible staff, faculty, students, and building visitors 5 years or older be vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter BSM’s premises. To meet the vaccine requirement, all vaccine eligible individuals must be two weeks past either your second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
  • Proof of vaccine will be required for entry by submitting a photo of a CDC vaccine card, or an Excelsior Pass. Students and families can submit proof of vaccination via an online form, linked here.
  • Currently, students under the age of 5 are still permitted to take in-person lessons without being vaccinated.
  • Medical exemptions will be carefully considered on a case-by-case basis with a doctor’s note. Requests for medical exemptions should be submitted to Director of Student Services, Lohengrin Velasquez. 
  • A heightened cleaning schedule with an outside professional cleaning service organization is in place. High touch surfaces are sanitized throughout the day using EPA approved disinfectants. All spaces are scheduled to allow for facilities to be cleaned and sanitized after use.
  • We have upgraded the lower level HVAC system for fresh air ventilation and have made available portable air purifiers in all upstairs teaching studios.
  • We installed a plexiglass barrier in the front office, converting the existing entrance vestibule window into “teller-type” safety glass. 
  • A new balcony and staircase from the second floor waiting room to our newly renovated backyard has been installed, giving families the option of an outdoor waiting space. 
  • We have installed numerous touchless hand sanitizing stations throughout the school and new bathroom door hinges to reduce unnecessary surface contact. We also are displaying social distancing signage throughout school to remind our community of important safety measures.
  • Group class sizes have been reduced to allow for smaller, consistent groups which minimize potential exposure and reduce the risk of spreading the virus.
  • Yes. While we look forward to having students take lessons in our brownstone, we know that not all of our community will be comfortable doing so immediately, students and faculty alike. Faculty members who are not comfortable returning will continue teaching online for all of the 2021-2022 school year. 
  • If a faculty member is comfortable returning we will make in-person learning an option for their students; if a student would prefer to continue lessons online, the faculty member will be able to teach live from Bloomingdale or from their personal home or studio.
  • While private lessons will occur on the preferred online platform agreed upon by the instructor and student, we strongly recommend that students and faculty coordinate and test the platform that you and your faculty member decide upon in order to eliminate/reduce time spent dealing with technological issues during your lesson time.

While certain group classes will remain online, the majority of group classes have transitioned to meeting in person! That being said, there are still certain group classes and ensembles that continue meeting on a virtual platform. As you are registering, review the web page to see if your class is in person or online. If your class is online, we strongly recommend that students download Zoom ahead of time to eliminate/reduce time spent dealing with technological issues during your class time. 

Registration FAQ

Yes. Bloomingdale offers rolling admissions, which allows students to register at any time during the year.

Yes.  Enrollment is based on three main semesters: Fall (17 weeks long), Spring (17 weeks long), and Summer (6-8 weeks long). Consistent weekly lessons and classes are important for the development and progress of musical learning. When you register, you are committing to the current semester.

Yes, we offer our adult students a flexible lesson package option. A Season Ticket allows you to purchase a package of 60-minute lessons (minimum of 6) per semester arranged around your schedule. Once registered, simply schedule your lessons directly with your instructor and complete your lessons before the end of the semester.

Find more information here.

No. There is an additional cost for music books and/or other study materials. Most teachers will recommend a study series (Suzuki, Alfred, Faber, etc) that can be purchased online or at a local music or book store. Select books and materials such as manuscript books and primer level books for beginner group classes may be purchased through the front office.

No, students will not learn how to play an instrument in an Early Childhood class. However, early childhood classes at Bloomingdale prepare students for group and private instrument study. In these classes students learn musical concepts such as tempo, dynamics, rhythm, pitch, and use specially designed children’s percussion instruments. All the skills gained in Bloomingdale’s early childhood classes will help young children have a successful and smooth transition into instrumental study.

Parents should register their children for the class that is age-appropriate at the beginning of the semester. If a baby who is 15 months in September outgrows Baby’s and Toddler’s First Music Class, for example, faculty members will recommend that the student switch into Music and Movement. However, since the age ranges of all Bloomingdale’s early childhood classes are relatively small, children mature and develop together over the course of the semester and are generally well matched.

The age to begin private study differs from child to child and instrument to instrument. The youngest age we recommend private lessons to is 4 years old on select instruments. However students this young are recommended to take a trial lesson first. Contact registration if you have questions about starting your child in private lessons.

 

While there is no definite answer to this question, some instruments do have certain physical requirements. Piano, recorder, string instruments, and voice are good choices for younger children, as young as 4 years old depending upon the instrument and child maturity. Contact registration if you have questions about starting your child in private lessons.

 

In most cases, students need to have the instrument that they are studying in order to practice between lessons. Bloomingdale studios, all with pianos, are available free-of-charge for current students of the school, subject to availability.

Private lesson students must supply their own instruments. For new students, families are encouraged to discuss the student’s needs with the teacher before purchasing or renting an instrument. A list of rental recommendations is available from the Registration office upon request.

Bloomingdale has a limited supply of rental instruments with availability on a first-come, first-served basis for enrolled students. Students are responsible for maintenance of instruments (e.g., string and reed replacement, cleaning) and any repair costs due to damage. A rental fee of $50 per semester is required, as well as a security deposit which is returned to the student upon completion of the semester rental. Security deposits range between $50 for small instruments such as Violin to $100 for large instruments such as Cello. For more information on Instrument Rentals, please reach out to registrar@bsmny.org.

The piano faculty strongly recommends that every BSM piano student have regular access to a standard and well-maintained acoustic piano. Important reasons for this include the need for students to have a closer physical connection to their sound production, as well as the fact that most lessons, rehearsals, and performances inside and outside Bloomingdale will take place on acoustic pianos. If access to an acoustic piano is not possible, we recommend one or a combination of the following:

  • Students may discuss with their faculty member if a digital keyboard may serve as an alternative. Piano faculty will have specifications and best practices to consider before purchasing or renting a keyboard.
  • Occasionally, generous members of the Bloomingdale community express interest in donating a Piano to students currently studying at BSM. Interested students should reach out to Brandon Vazquez at bvazques@bsmny.org to inquire about any recent Piano donations.
  • Practice rooms at Bloomingdale are available for current students, and all are equipped with acoustic Pianos which are tuned on a regular basis. To sign out a practice room, please visit the Registration office located in the building’s lower level or email registrar@bsmny.org.

Yes, Bloomingdale offers trial lessons for private instruction. Any student is welcome to take a trial lesson if they are unsure of committing to a particular instrument, or would like to consider different teachers before committing to a full semester of lessons. Students may only take one trial lesson per teacher. The cost for a 30-minute trial lesson is $30, and payment must be made in advance.

To set a trial lesson up, please speak with someone at the registration office (212) 663-6021 or email registrar@bsmny.org. The registration office can coordinate a teacher, time, and day. 

In many cases, an alternate class or lesson can be arranged and will improve a child’s learning experience. In the unlikely event you need to withdraw from classes, please check the registration guidelines.

Auditions are never required for private lesson study at Bloomingdale School of Music. However, auditions or playing samples may be required for select music programs and ensembles. We believe that all people have musical ability and our doors are open to all who wish to study here.

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