"Youth who develop creativity can think creatively about their futures."


After School Lessons Program

One-on-One Lessons

Music Haven students participate in one-on-one weekly lessons with one of our professional, conservatory-trained Resident Musicians. Lessons range from 30 minutes for our youngest students to one hour for the oldest and most advanced students. Each student is part of that teacher’s “Studio” and stays with that teachers over the years, fostering not only a strong mentoring relationship between student and teacher, but also a long-term relationship with the whole family.  Students attend monthly Studio Classes and perform twice per year in Studio Recitals, which provide not only opportunities for performance and demonstrating progress in the one-on-one lessons, but also a chance to come together as a community and support and celebrate all of our young musicians. 

Group Lessons

All Music Haven students participate in group classes, designed to supplement their experience in one-on-one lessons and provide the opportunity to learn and play music together, preparing the for more advanced ensemble experiences such as our student chamber groups and Harmony in Action, our youth chamber orchestra. Group classes range in size from 4 to 15 students, depending on age, ability level, and class focus. Group classes integrate basic instruction in music theory into level-appropriate group instruction and coaching. All group classes are taught by our Resident Musicians, providing opportunities for our students to work and build mentoring relationships with not only their primary teacher, but also our other outstanding teachers.

In the 2015-2016 programming year, Music Haven also launched a new collaboration with IRIS, supported by a grant from the City of New Haven's Community Vitality Grant program. This year that project was expanded through a grant from the Connecticut Office for the Arts to provide weekly group instruction on violin to new refugees in IRIS’s after school program. 


Want to find out how to enroll? Click here.



Harmony in Action

About Harmony in Action

Harmony in Action is Music Haven’s youth chamber orchestra. Approximately 30 students ranging in age from 11 to 17 participate in Harmony in Action, playing as many as 10 concerts per year, including community performances in soup kitchens, at the VA Hospital, and in neighborhood organizations and festivals.

Students are admitted based on ability and age. Harmony in Action rehearses at our Whalley Ave. office on Fridays after school until 5:30pm. 

L I S T E N   B E L O W

I feel like I learned something. I like making new friends and playing in concerts in different places.
— Jane, student



About Music 101

Music101 serves 16 new students each year, providing up to 10 hours per week of high-quality instruction from Senior Resident Musician Colin Benn, as well as professional instruction on percussion, guitar, and bass from part-time Music Haven faculty. Music101 predominantly serves students at Wexler Grant Community School between 3rd and 7th grade. 

Students are taught not only traditional string methods, but also a variety of other instruments and music styles, including jazz, rock, blues, and reggae, and complete research-based learning projects, developing literacy skills through their passion for music. At the completion of the programming year, Music101 students are eligible to “audition” for Music Haven’s longitudinal lessons programming, and are admitted based on a demonstration of commitment, effort, and passion for studying music. 


Would you like to know more about Music101? Contact Senior Resident Musician Colin Benn.



Student Chamber

About Student Chamber Groups

Music Haven has a growing number of student trios, quartets, and quintets, which predominantly feature our more advanced/older students, although quartet members have ranged in from 8 to 17.

Each group is coached by one of our Resident Musicians, and performs in a variety of concerts throughout the year, while also undertaking community service projects, such as leading concerts/workshops at the Ronald McDonald House, playing for students at LEAP, or raising funds to support access to education for young girls in India. 

Music Haven Makes me happy. Simply so. Music Haven is the highlight of my week. I look forward to next year!
— Robert, student