Kaufman Music Center
The Foundation supports the Special Music School (SMS), which was founded in 1996 as a unique partnership between Kaufman Music Center and the New York City Department of Education. The addition of a High School program in 2013 made SMS the first and only K-12 public school in the nation to offer pre-professional, performance-focused music studies and rigorous state/national standards aligned academic curriculum – all during the school day.
The curriculum at SMSHS emphasizes the development of the 21st-century musician, updating the traditional model of classical music education to prepare students for the multifaceted and diverse opportunities available to musicians today.
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