Third Street Partners

Serving Generations of Students in New York City Schools

Since at least the 1970s, Third Street has worked with local public schools to provide music instruction to their students, thereby becoming one of the first in the nation to initiate such partnerships. Today, Third Street collaborates with public, private and charter schools throughout lower Manhattan and beyond through Third Street Partners. Many of these schools are located in federally designated poverty areas. The goal of these partnerships is simple: to change the lives of students for the better through music and dance.

•    Third Street works in collaboration with partner schools to tailor arts instruction and meet the needs of its community, and to achieve national, state and city standards for arts education.

•    In its partner schools, full classes of students from preschool to high school learn to sing, dance or play musical instruments.

•    Trained Third Street faculty members instruct weekly classes throughout the school year.

•    Third Street faculty and program staff members meet regularly with classroom teachers and arts specialists in each school to plan and reflect on their progress with the students.

•    Every class shares its music and dance in performances before audiences of students, teachers and parents.

•    By offering children in its partner public schools the chance to continue exploring the arts in its East 11th Street building, Third Street ensures that each student has the opportunity to reach his or her full potential in music and dance.



Students enrolled in one of Third Street's partner public schools may also be eligible to participate in Partners@3rd, a program which provides free and low-cost classes at Third Street's facility on East 11th Street. Held after school and on Saturdays, group classes include a variety of keyboard, string, woodwind, brass, chorus and dance options.

During the first year, students pay a $40 application fee and receive free tuition for 32 weeks of instruction. Second-year students pay $300 in tuition. Tuition assistance is available for returning students with demonstrated financial need.

To be eligible for this program in 2015-16, children must meet all of the following criteria:

•    Be between the ages of 6 and 14 as of December 1, 2015.

•    Never enrolled in Third Street's After-School/Saturday program at any time during the past two years.

•    Attend a public school that plans to contract with Third Street Music School Settlement for music or dance instruction in 2015-16 (listed below).


Bard High School Early CollegePS 34 Franklin D. Roosevelt
Brooklyn Gardens Elementary SchoolPS 99 Kew Gardens
Brooklyn Landmark Elementary SchoolPS 101 The Verrazano School
Earth SchoolPS 110 Florence Nightingale
East Village Community SchoolPS 130 Hernando De Soto
Grant Avenue Elementary SchoolPS 134 Henrietta Szold
MS 131 Dr. Sun Yat SenPS 142 Amelia Castro
Neighborhood SchoolPS 277 Bronx
Peck Slip SchoolPS 325 Harlem
PS 3 Charrette SchoolTompkins Square Middle School
PS 15 Roberto ClementeUniversity Neighborhood Middle School
PS 19 Asher Levy47 The American Sign Language and English Secondary School
PS 33 Chelsea Prep 

If your school is not listed here and you think it would benefit from a partnership with Third Street, please let us know. Contact Nancy Morgan, Deputy Executive Director, at (212) 777-3240, ext. 20, or