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Founded in 1976 by composer, conductor, and musician Nicholas Van Slyck, the New School of Music is a nonprofit community music school located in Cambridge that offers music instruction for newborns through adults, at all levels and ages. All of NSM’s teachers have a lifelong commitment to the art of teaching and a love for working with a wide range of students and ability levels. Our faculty includes recording artists and international performers, many who have multiple graduate degrees and perform several musical styles or instruments. In addition, our faculty provides music instruction in a variety of musical forms, including classical, jazz, pop, and world music. NSM also offers diverse concert programming throughout the year.

Mission Statement

The New School of Music’s mission is to foster a love and understanding of music throughout our community. In fulfillment of that mission, we

  • Provide outstanding music education to students of all ages with a wide range of musical interests, levels of achievement, and financial means;
  • Share our music with the public through performances and community events; and
  • Promote a broadening musical engagement by extending ourselves into the community

We invite you to join our music community by attending outstanding faculty recitals, enjoy our numerous family events, participate in monthly student recitals, and much, much more!

The New School of Music is located in West Cambridge in a historic wooden school building built in 1883, the only remaining structure of its kind in Cambridge.