Student Recital Series
NSMS holds a Student Recital Series in June. Friends and family are invited to attend this celebration of student achievement. Each recital features students of all ages and levels, as well as a variety of music.
In December, parents are invited to attend a special event that we call "Parents Class." Students will perform a mini-recital during the class, and will also showcase their class projects and activities from the first part of the school year.
Each year in early March, students are assessed on technical skills, ear training, sight reading, repertoire, and written theory work. This yearly assessment ensures that we maintain our commitment to comprehensive musicianship; the idea that musicianship, technique, and practice habits are all developing simultaneously. Additional benefits include:
providing a "snapshot" of overall progress and specific feedback
emphasizing technical skills that aid in mastery of new music
encouraging memorization and critical listening skills through detailed preparation of repertoire
helping students gain confidence before participating in outside assessments, festivals, and competitions
Royal Conservatory Examinations
The Royal Conservatory (Canada) is one of the largest and most respected music education institutions in the world. For more than 130 years, The Royal Conservatory has translated the latest thinking about creativity into inspiring programs benefiting millions of individuals around the world.
NSMS is a Founding School for the RCM, and we offer both practical and theory exams. Our teachers are experienced in preparing students for these assessments, and many of our students have achieved high honors in this program. Participation in the RCM is by recommendation of the teacher. (Additional fee may apply.)
In late June, students from our Junior PEPS and PEPS programs have the opportunity to perform in an additional recital. This is an opportunity for our younger students to hear and be inspired by some of our most advanced and students.
Additional Performance Opportunities
Throughout the year, students may elect to participate in some smaller themed recitals, such as our "Spooky Sounds" Halloween Recital in October and our "Musical Merriment" Recital in December.
Some of our students participate in the NJMTA (New Jersey Music Teachers Association) Spring Festival or Recital Auditions. (Additional fee may apply.)