The Yale School of Music has long supported arts education programs in the New Haven Public Schools in its role as one of the leading arts organizations in New Haven. This effort was enhanced by the establishment of the Music in Schools Initiative in 2007, thanks to the generous 50th reunion class gift by the Yale College Class of 1957.
These visionary Yale alumni, recognizing the value of arts education in public schools, established an endowment to secure the future of music programs in New Haven. The endowment identifies three main responsibilities for the School:
- To provide programs in the New Haven Public Schools that complement the work of full-time music teachers
- To host a biennial Symposium on Music in Schools for public school music teachers from around the United States
- To host visiting professors who work in music education and train School of Music students
During the academic year, the Music in Schools Initiative places Teaching Artists in more than thirty public schools throughout New Haven. Teaching artists are YSM students trained to complement the work of full-time NHPS music teachers. They teach sectionals, ensembles, private lessons, and other activities depending on the needs of the school to which they are assigned.