MOMENT NYC Education Programs


Education, Performance, Preservation

MOMENT NYC’s education programs center on the importance of community, culture, and collaboration found through music. We provide presentations, performances, instruction, and events to students from grade school to college level with a mix of tech, hands-on, and New York City music history.

Music created in New York City has reached and influenced nearly every corner of the globe. Our mission is to celebrate this diverse heritage, to support musical communities, and to educate and inspire future generations.

It has been a difficult year for many of us. Our MOMENT mission is more relevant than ever, working to support musicians who have literally been shut down from their work since March, and supporting kids, many of which are deprived of musical enrichment for their growth, happiness and mental health. 

In 2020, MOMENT NYC worked with D1 and D2 students from PS63, PS34, PS188, PS15, Earth School, Girls Prep, PS110, and UNMS in collaboration with Henry Street Settlement. The majority of our students are people of color and come from low-to-moderate income households. The programs provide musical instruction, introductory musical literacy, multi-cultural music appreciation, local history, and elements of related science and technology. After being shut down for six months, we retooled for remote sessions and were able to resume our after school and summer programming which we will continue in 2021. As uncertain as the year ahead may be, we hope to see the eventual return to fully in-person models and are committed to carrying out these much-needed arts services well passed our current circumstances.

Below is the brochure for our grade school, after school and summer programs. Knowing what these young students get from these programs makes us very proud. Please consider making a donation to help us to continue this work.

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Moment NYC (EIN #38-3943443) is a non-profit organization exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code and chartered as a NY state museum.

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Curating Sound with the University of Virginia

In 2020 we collaborated with Professor Noel Lobley at the University of Virginia on the course Curating Sound. The course was a partnership between The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, MOMENT NYC, The Black Power Station, Makhanda (South Africa), and UVa. The discovery-driven design course explored the intersections of curatorial practice, sound studies, ethnography, composition, sound art, and community arts practice, through a series of engagements linking archival collections, local and international artists and art and community spaces, and the method and philosophies of embodied and experiential deep listening. Drawing from both the histories and potential affordances of sound curation we engaged with practical examples ranging from sub-Saharan Africa to Australia, and from Europe to New York, asking what it means to curate local sound within globalized arts circuits. The students explored multiple and diverse case studies where artists, curators, communities, industries and institutions have both collaborated and clashed, as we asked whether it is desirable or even possible to curate the elusive, invasive and ephemeral object, medium and experience of sound. This was our second collaboration with the University of Virginia and we have plans to continue our undergraduate course development work in 2021.

MOMENT NYC’s Visiting School Assembly

Our visiting assembly program presents the history of music in New York City through live performances by world-class musicians in a format that invites student participation. The program provides a wide variety of musical genres along with discussion, context, and interaction.

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Your support helps make our programs possible
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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Moment NYC (EIN #38-3943443) is a non-profit organization exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code and chartered as a NY state museum.