About 92Y School of Music

For almost 100 years, the 92Y School of Music has offered an outstanding range of programs to students of all ages and skill levels. From private instruction to group coaching and special performance opportunities for students, it’s where you can learn from and interact with some of music’s top recording artists and performers. It’s where the highest level of practical instruction combines with exceptional courses in theory, appreciation and history.

The school’s close affiliation with 92Y’s Tisch Center for the Arts, one of NYC’s most prestigious cultural centers, enables a vibrant cross-fertilization of ideas and artistry from the stage of Kaufmann Concert Hall to the classroom. Virtuosi from the classical concert season give master classes; expert musicologists give enlightening lectures about the works performed onstage.

Whether you want to learn a new instrument, reach a higher level of mastery or simply enhance your knowledge and passion for music, you’ll find excellence at every level at the 92Y School of Music.


“For four years I have had the pleasure of learning from some of the best teachers at the 92Y. When I was a little boy, I had always dreamed of being a musician in a band. While I have pursued another dream to become a physician, the 92Y faculty has afforded me the opportunity to finally pursue a childhood passion. Taking the varied music classes at the 92Y has allowed me to become a vocalist and guitarist in a band I have started in New York City, Punch for Zero.
"... I have learned the art of music and lyrical writing, even recording a song “Runaway” which I wrote during the class. I am currently completing the music theory course with Louis Rosen, and have used his teachings in many of the new compositions I am working on. Both Lauri Galbreth and Ed Maceachen have improved my vocal and guitar playing skills … I appreciate all the teaching and dedication the 92Y faculty have provided to the NYC community so we can fulfill our childhood dreams …”
—Amitabh, Music Student and Guitarist and Lead Vocalist, Punch for Zero

“Learning to play piano and read music at age 65 has been a life-changing experience. Doing so has widened my horizons and added music as a new dimension to my life. Without the excellent instruction, support and encouragement of Tania Tachkova, my piano instructor at the SOM, 92nd Street Y, I would not have mastered the beginning skills needed to achieve my life-long dream of being able to play the piano. Such Fun!!”
—Beverly, Piano Student

Student Benefits

  • Access to studios for practice or rehearsal—FREE OF CHARGE! (pending availability)
  • Discount on all 92Y Concerts
  • Numerous performance opportunities, including performance classes, recitals and master classes

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92nd Street Y School of Music receives generous support from Daphne Recanati Kaplan and Thomas S. Kaplan, Wendy Lipstein, The Goodman Memorial Foundation, Inc. and The Brodsky Family Foundation.

Art of the Guitar and the 92nd Street Y Guitar Institute is generously supported by The Leir Charitable Foundations in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir; The Augustine Foundation; and The D'Addario Music Foundation.

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