HSA At A Glance


Since its founding by internationally-acclaimed soprano Dorothy Maynor in 1964, Harlem School of the Arts at The Herb Alpert Center has transformed the lives of tens of thousands of young people ages 2-18 through world-class training in music, dance, theatre and art & design.

Harlem School of the Arts (HSA) offers its students the freedom to find and develop the artist, student, and citizen within themselves in an environment that teaches discipline, stimulates creativity, builds self-confidence and adds a dimension of beauty to their lives, empowering them to become the creative thinkers and innovative leaders of tomorrow.

Thanks to the Herb Alpert Foundation’s transformative support, HSA will begin a new chapter with a $9.5M major renovation project focused on visual, sound and safety enhancements that will impact over 4,000 young people and welcome the community to engage with HSA.






HSA’s Music Department curriculum includes all the instruments of the orchestra, piano, organ, guitar, African and Latin percussion and voice. Its philosophy is to prepare the individual to be a proficient performer and reader of Western music as well as of the various musical styles of the African Diaspora.


HSA’s Dance Department offers courses that develop students’ physicality, creativity, technical ability and performance skills. Classes are offered in African Dance, Jazz, Modern, Hip-Hop and Tap, as well as a ballet program following the American Ballet Theatre’s National Curriculum of the classical ballet technique.


HSA’s Theatre Department utilizes a traditional arts conservatory approach to prepare its students for the demands of professional application, along with providing a general understanding and appreciation for the theater. Students enroll in classes on monologue development, audition techniques, scene development, movement, voice, and speech.

Art & Design

HSA’s Art & Design Department develops young people’s mastery of drawing, painting,  sculpture, photography, graphic design, fashion illustration, animation, digital art, filmmaking, functional art, and printmaking. The curriculum is designed to offer holistic instruction in various art mediums, fostering creative expression, developing technical skill and encouraging broad arts and cultural appreciation.

Community Performances

HSA ensembles are in demand throughout the New York metropolitan area. Students have performed by invitation or through partnerships with Disney Theatrical, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Bryant Park Contemporary Dance Series, City Parks Foundation SummerStage, NASDAQ, and Toyota.


HSA Prep Program

HSA’s Prep program is a highly selective pre-professional merit-based program that offers students rigorous training, master classes, college and specialized high school application support, mentoring, and performance opportunities. HSA Prep students have gone on to college level study in arts programs at colleges such as NYU, Berklee College of Music, Juilliard, Howard University, The New School, Cornell University, Yale University, Morehouse College, Boston University, and Temple University. Students admitted into the HSA Prep program receive full tuition and program benefits funded through the generosity of our donors and supporters.