Best Places For Adult Music Classes In New York City

Best Places For Adult Music Classes In New York City
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Whether you’re interested in finally learning to play the piano or attempting the tuba, New York City has so many different options for you. Personal lessons or group lessons, nighttime or daytime — try your hand at something new and take a class at a music school near you. Read on for the best classes you can find in New York City.

1395 Lexington Ave.
New York, NY 10128
(212) 415-5500

This uptown community center has everything you’ll ever need to learn music (and jewelry-making, dance, creative writing and beyond). Guitar lessons, keyboard, voice and even cello are just some of the options available at the Y. Dates vary and are generally convenient for working adults. Classes are often taught by well-known and respected performers. Private music instruction is available for about $100 an hour and group classes run about $30 per class.

Manhattan School of Music
120 Claremont Ave.
New York, NY 10027
(212) 749-2802

If you have weekends free, put them to good use by learning a new instrument at MSM. All adults are welcome to register for MSM Sundays, where instruction on harp, organ, percussion and pretty much any instrument you can think of is available. If you’ve always wanted to know if you have what it takes to be a successful opera singer, now is your chance to try it out. With a large faculty that has experience in a wide range of music, you’ll be in good hands while learning.

Greenwich House
46 Barrow St.
New York, NY 10014
(212) 242-4770

You’ve listened to Handel’s ensembles for as long as you can remember. When you listen to Mozart, you get shivers — in a good way. And you’ve always wondered what it would be like to play a Haydn piece on your own. If this sounds like you, then Greenwich House is the place to be. It doesn’t matter if you have zero experience or years of experience — you’ll find your home in a private or group workshop discovering classical chamber music. With over 100 years of enlightening students, the Greenwich House has established itself as a leader in musical instruction.

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The Juilliard School
60 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
(212) 799-5000

If you thought Juilliard was only for established concert pianists and child prodigies who can play the violin faster than you can say the word “violin,” think again. Juilliard’s Evening Division allows the general public to take either credit or non-credit classes with its world-class instructors. Class topics include conducting, music theory, dance, drama, voice and piano. Both professional and amateur music lovers take advantage of Juilliard’s class offerings every semester.

Brooklyn Conservatory of Music
58 Seventh Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 622-3300

If you live in Brooklyn, the best place for music instruction is BCM. Music classes for adults include intro classes on piano, ukelele, guitar, tango, jazz vocals and more. The opportunity to be part of the chorale of chamber orchestra group is also available. Classes aren’t cheap, running at around $350 per one-hour class, however if you can afford it, the benefits are great.

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