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New York Music School Tours

Manhattan is a fast-paced, exciting metropolis offering music groups a wide range of performance venues and eclectic musical tastes, making it the ideal destination for school band trips of all abilities and genres.

This, the most populous city in the United States, is a hub of activity and significantly impacts upon many areas including commerce, media, art, fashion, technology and entertainment. It is no wonder that New York is so lovingly described as the city that never sleeps.

To create a truly memorable experience for your group, NST will arrange an itinerary that also includes many of the attractions that this amazing city has to offer, at the very best group prices.

Prices start from£1255pp

Price Shown includes

  • 4 nights’ room only accommodation
  • Return flights & airport transfers in resort
  • Organisation, venue hire & publicity for 3 concerts
  • Services of a Concert Assistant in resort
  • Extensive group travel insurance
  • 1 in 10 free place ratio

Price shown is based on 40 paying passengers departing from a London airport and is subject to availability.

On-tour support

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On-tour support includes...

Additional on-tour support available...

  • Pre-booked meals at great group prices


Popular options in New York

Top performance venues

The Cathedral of St John the Divine

Groups can combine a 30-minute recital with a musically themed tour of the cathedral.

St Paul’s Chapel

Due to its close proximity to the Twin Towers site, and for the part it played in the rescue effort helping survivors of 9/11, this chapel is now recognised throughout the world as St Paul’s Chapel at Ground Zero. Choirs have the opportunity to give a one-hour lunchtime concert in this very special venue.


Retirement Homes

These community venues are always happy to open their doors to guest groups to perform as part of their social programme. Residents provide a guaranteed warm welcome.

Central Park

Bands and orchestras can play in the bandshell of this world-famous park.

Bryant Park

Regular concerts are held during spring and summer at this popular park, located on 42nd Street in the heart of the theatre district.

Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum

Perform at the impressive Intrepid! This is an American military and maritime history museum with a collection of museum ships in New York City. It is located at Pier 86 at 46th Street in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood on the West Side of Manhattan.

Top visits

Broadway Instrumental Clinic

Arrive with prepared material of your choice to perform for a Broadway musician during a two-hour session. The Broadway musician will then guest conduct, give constructive feedback, and help your group perform to the best of their abilities. Your group will be able to ask questions about playing in a Broadway pit, training, and how one makes the journey from playing an instrument for fun to becoming a professional musician.

Stage School Performing Arts Workshop – Making Music

Learn techniques of vocal dynamics and acting through song while working with a musical director on a piece of Broadway music. Explore the art of marrying music and drama to effectively achieve great emotional impact. Then your students have the opportunity to perform the piece they have learned with a Broadway guest performer, followed by a Q&A session.

Stage School Workshops are delivered by qualified teaching artists (so you can get involved too) and can be tailored to your chosen show, as well as your curriculum requirements.


The untold musical story of The Wizard of Oz’s Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good...before Dorothy dropped in. Wicked takes a fantasy journey through the unseen side of Oz, sharing a tale of unexpected friendship and love.

Broadway Shows

See a spectacular Broadway performance - entertainment at its greatest! Choose from shows such as Wicked, Chicago and The Lion King.

Stage School Theatre Workshop – Ensemble Experience

Your group will be provided with sheet music and work with a cast member (from a show you see) and a pianist to recreate a true Broadway rehearsal. Students will learn choreography, staging and music directly from the Broadway production they are seeing.

Stage School Workshops are delivered by qualified teaching artists (so you can get involved too) and can be tailored to your chosen show, as well as your curriculum requirements.

Wicked Experience – Behind the Emerald Curtain

Take a magical journey behind-the-scenes at smash hit musical, Wicked. Visit the exclusive ‘Behind the Emerald Curtain’ museum, including an intimate look at the Tony Award® winning sets and costumes, as well as some of the actual props and wigs from the show. The ultimate insider experience! Available Saturday mornings only.

Empire State Building

Venture over a quarter of a mile skyward and observe as your group takes in the scale of the immense urban landscape which opens up before them. This is a great way for your students to gain artistic inspiration away from the hustle and bustle of the streets below. A particularly popular evening visit.

Landmark Cruise

Take in a spectacular view of Manhattan from the water, and pick out the many famous landmarks which dominate its skyline.

Top of the Rock™

Experience the best and most complete daytime view of New York City! Bring your sketchbook with you and you’ll be spoilt for choice over what to sketch. The unparalleled views of New York’s landmarks include Central Park, the Chrysler Building, Times Square, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty – simply the most spectacular view in the city!

Lincoln Center of Performing Arts


The new Lincoln Center Tour provides a behind-the-scenes perspective of the past and present of Lincoln Center. During 75-minute, weekday guided tours, guests will learn about Lincoln Center’s history; explore the iconic arts organizations that call Lincoln Center home; and experience our vibrant campus the way only artists and staff do.

Every day is unique at Lincoln Center and so are our tours! Each tour itinerary will be different based on the day’s activity at our many performance halls.


Radio City

The largest indoor theatre in the world, this prime spot in Midtown was turned into Radio City Music Hall during the years of the Depression. Radio City is now a leading hall for popular concerts, stage shows, special attractions and media events, including the Grammys, Tonys, and MTV Video Music Awards! More than 700 movies opened here, including the original King Kong.
Here, your group will learn about its history, listen to the ‘mighty Wurlitzer’ and enjoy ‘a masterpiece of American Modernist design’.


Jazz Legends House Tour

Embark on a journey through the history of jazz music on this exclusive and exciting tour. Travel to Queens and explore the legendary Addisleigh Park neighbourhood, home to many notable African Americans and jazz greats throughout history. View the homes of iconic figures such as Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, Count Basie, and James Brown. Learn about the cultural legacy of jazz music in New York by viewing the St. Albans Congregational Church and the Addisleigh Park jazz mural.

Behind the Magic Tour at Disney’s New Amsterdam Theatre

Located in the heart of Broadway, The New Amsterdam Behind-the-Magic Tour is an amazing experience for students.  Your group will discover the beautifully restored art and architecture of this landmark Broadway theatre built in 1903, once home to the legendary Ziegfeld Follies.  Led by a Disney Tour Guide, groups can explore the history of Disney Theatrical Production’s on Broadway, view original props, costumes and set pieces and discover how classic Disney stories are brought to life on stage.

RiseNY - Part Museum. Part Ride.

RiseNY pairs museum-style galleries with an amusement park-quality ride.

Begin your adventure with an immersive film by an award-winning documentarian that transitions to an interactive self-guided walkthrough tracing tipping points in history that helped shape Music, Fashion, TV, Theater and more in each dedicated gallery:

  • Discover the rise of Wall Street and The New York Stock Exchange in the Finance Gallery.
  • Learn the history of mass media with Telsa’s Coil in the TV/Radio Gallery.
  • Understand the law of physics through the Otis elevator brake in the Skyline Gallery.
  • Visual, language and performing arts come to life in the Fashion, Music, Broadway and Film Galleries.

Then, board an extraordinary elevator experience that transports you to a spectacular virtual soaring ride! Feel the rush of wind in your hair as you “fly” over the world’s most stunning skyline.


Summit OV

Explore three levels of mind-bending multi-sensory immersive experiences. With magnificent views over the Manhattan skyline, Summit takes the concept of an “observation deck” to entirely new heights.

Evening activites

  • Broadway show

Expert's comment

‘The ‘Big Apple’ has everything to offer music groups, from chorale groups to jazz bands. There is a varied range of venue types from the famous band shell in Central Park to various plazas, local schools and community centres. For groups with a more traditional programme there are a number of quality churches which welcome visiting performers and some actually encourage more diverse programmes.’


We can arrange for your group to fly from a range of UK airports and we’ll work with you to plan your route at the best value possible.


Giving you full support throughout

Before your tour

  • Your own dedicated NST contact
  • Bespoke tour itineraries
  • Unrivalled local knowledge & expertise
  • Curriculum linked visit programmes
  • Great value for money - no hidden costs
  • Free group leader inspection visits
  • Risk assessment guidance
  • Safety assured, transport, accommodation and visits

Whilst you're away

  • Free educational resources
  • Group-friendly accommodation
  • Exceptional standards of coaching
  • On-tour support from our reps on the ground
  • Support & assistance from our specialists throughout your tour
  • 24/7 support just a call away
  • Extensive group travel insurance

On your return

  • Priority rebooking services
  • Rewarding your loyalty with our reward scheme
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