is the only not-for-profit community school for the arts in Lower Manhattan. Located in Tribeca since 1990, we are an arts center where students of all ages share art and music experiences together. We specialize in helping each individual find their unique creative voice.

“Students who have had the opportunity to grow and thrive in an environment that supports curiosity, discovery, and creative expression have more self-confidence. They are more self-aware. This may be the most important gift we can give them in this complex and ever changing world.”

Dr. Lisa Ecklund-Flores, CSSMA Founder & Director


Prepare for high school, college and professional auditions and submissions with CSSMA’s world-renowned teaching faculty. We’ll work with you on all the necessary submission requirements – choosing appropriate repertoire, ear training, theory requirements, portfolio development & preparation, managing performance anxiety, interview techniques and more. Accompanists also available for mock audition training.

For more information: e-mail or call 212.571.7290

Learn about Dalcroze Eurythmics, the teaching method used for Church Street School’s early childhood music classes!

In this post, CSS founder Lisa Ecklund-Flores writes about the Dalcroze Method, the whole-body music education technique created by composer and educator Emil Jacques-Dalcroze in the early twentieth century. A unique musical experience, the Dalcroze Method is used in Church Street School’s music classes to motivate the students’ concentration and coordination of ear, mind, and body.