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The Smith School of Music

Our School

Located right in the middle of the Upper West Side, the Smith School of Music brings a whole new world of music to the community. And that's what we aim to be - a community. We are a place where students are nurtured and cared for, and where lessons are a place for students to grow both musically and in all other aspects of life. Whether music lessons are a hobby or a career goal, we expect our students to put effort into their field and come to each lesson with a positive attitude, ready to learn.

Our Teachers

Our faculty is comprised of professional musicians with experience in teaching and performing both in New York City and around the world. Each teacher brings their knowledge of music to every student's lesson, acting not only as an instructor but also as a mentor, fostering a personal relationship with each student, providing guidance on the next steps, and discussing the right path. Our teachers devote their best efforts to each student, hoping that this dedication will be reciprocated through the student's diligence.

Our Philosophy

We know that all students learn in different ways and at varying paces, so all lessons are constructed to suit the needs of each individual student. We believe it is essential to strike a balance between having fun playing an instrument while maintaining a sense of self-discipline to foster improvement. Lessons are both challenging and flexible, providing a comfortable environment where students should feel free to express themselves in their musical endeavors.

 Damien Kelly 


The Smith School of Music was founded by the husband and wife team Damien and Jessica Kelly. Eager to bring together highly qualified teachers and ambitious students, their goal is to make the Smith School of Music a leading center for music education on the Upper West Side, providing quality music lessons for students of all ages and abilities.

 Jessica Kelly 
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