The Brooklyn Music School is a community school for the performing arts, founded in 1912 as the Brooklyn Music School Settlement. It owns and operates an historic four-story building in Fort Greene neighborhood. It has 24 classrooms, three dance studios, and a professional 266-seat Spanish-style theater. The Brooklyn Music School is a long-standing member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts.
The school's population is representative of immigrant families, African Americans, Hispanics and American-European groups. The school provides financial aid.
Its programs span the borough of Brooklyn and include the neighborhoods of Fort Greene, Red Hook, East New York and Brownsville. These off-site programs serve at-risk youth in neighborhoods where such enrichment opportunities are simply unaffordable and therefore are scarce at best. All students receive quality instruction from a faculty consisting of more than 20 professional artist-educators. More than 2,000 children and adults participate annually in our programs and activities
In addition, BMS faculty and guest artists present a series of public performances in the theater. The programs attract a diverse audience of students and their families as well as other Brooklyn residents who appreciate the access to excellent performers, friendly atmosphere and reasonable ticket prices. For BMS students, a series of year-end recitals, as well as numerous mid-year performances, are presented annually.