HELP US EXPAND our Underserved Kids Music Program, and our Texas Jazz & Blues Camp

The New School of Music is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community music school in Austin founded in 2013, which provides a non-competitive and challenging atmosphere where people are able to study all styles of music, on the instrument of their choice, or through vocal studies.

We change lives through music. Our teachers are highly credentialed music educators and performers, who share our passion for enriching the lives of our music students. To date, we have provided over 10000 music lessons to over 120 underserved youth.

Music education has been proven to not only help develop the areas of the brain involved in language and reasoning, but to also improve teamwork skills, creativity, academics, and artistic self-expression. When you improve the life of a child through music education, you impact their family in a major way – for generations to come.

Mission Statement – To serve the community by sharing the gift of music, through connecting world-class professional musicians with students of all ages, in a lifelong study and enjoyment of music – while helping provide music instruction to underserved youth.


We teach music in co-locations with our partners, which enables us to keep our overhead cost low — which allows us to scholarship more underserved kids. Our main location is at 606 W.15th Street at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church. 

We also teach in northeast Austin at Cedars International Academy. Our annual Texas Jazz & Blues Camp is held each June at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School.


The Texas Jazz & Blues Camp is in Austin, Texas and is a program of the NSM, Austin, and is led by Don Braden, a world-class tenor saxophonist, flutist, composer, and educator.  

Don has toured and recorded with many major jazz artists, including Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard, Tony Williams, & Roy Haynes. Don also directs the Litchfield Jazz Camp & Festival (one of the oldest and largest jazz camps & festivals,) and directs the Harvard Jazz Combo Initiative.  

NSM, VP, Andre Hayward, is a renowned trombonist and jazz educator, who has toured with Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis, Chick Corea, Roy Hargrove, Betty Carter, & many others. Andre has served on faculty at NEC, NYU, UNT, UT Austin, & is currently at Huston-Tillotson.  

NSM, VP, Joe Morales, is a remarkable saxophonist, vocalist, jazz educator, recording artist, Grammy winner, and the founder of the Austin Jazz Club. Joe is an in-demand session artist, arranger, and composer and has recorded on many albums with artists such, as Linda Ronstadt, John Hyatt, Flaco Jimenez, Texas Tornadoes, Freddie Fender, Duck Soup, The Brew and hundreds more.

We are asking our supporters and advocates to please consider making a donation of any size to our program, which also provides merit and need-based scholarships.

Also, we ask that you consider donating used instruments in good working order. We welcome donations of guitars, basses, keyboards, drums, amps, woodwinds, brass, and strings, and will provide a tax-deductible donation receipt. To schedule an instrument drop off, please call us at 512-535-0208.

Music Scholarships to Underserved Children

 The New School of Music has committed to help underserved children (preK-12th grade) in the community by setting a scholarship goal of 50% of our total enrollment. This scholarship program provides free tuition to underserved children for their music instruction in our program.

The New School funds these scholarships through paid tuition, revenue proceeds, and contributions. Scholarship candidates are identified by the New School and its partners, and are selected based on economic need, desire to learn, and commitment.

Music education has a huge impact on young lives! Please join us in helping us to invest in the music education of underserved youth through your tax-deductible donation.

Board of Directors

  • Don Braden`
  • Dave Fazio, AIA
  • Evan Taniguchi, AIA
  • Richard Spencer, MBA, MME
  • Patrick Flynn
  • Joe Morales
  • Jay Tillman

Advisory Board

  • Andre Hayward
  • Rex Dean
  • Bill Evans (sax)
  • Ponder East
  • Kaz Kazanoff
  • Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz, M.D.
  • Dean Deckard, MBA
  • Debra Day Floyd, MBA, CPA
  • Laraine Lasdon
  • Donna McCullough-Mitchell
  • Dr. Mason Mileur
  • Linda Hank Thompson

Here are examples of what your tax deductible donations will provide: 

  • 1/2 hour private music lesson: $35
  • 1 hour private music lesson: $70
  • 1 week of Underserved Kids’ Music Combo classes: $100  (per student, 4 hrs per week / 25 per hr)
  • 1 month of New School Jazz Club class : $145 (per student, 90 min per week /  $25 per hr)
  • 1 week of Texas Jazz & Blues Camp at St. Stephens: $895  (for Underserved day camp scholarship)
  • 1 week of Texas Jazz & Blues Camp at St. Stephens: $1295  (for Underserved residential camp scholarship)
  • 1 semester of Underserved Kids’ Music Combo classes: $1200  (per student, 4 hrs per week / 25 per hr / 12 weeks)
  • 1 semester of Underserved Kids’ Music Combo classes (for 8 kids) : $9600  (for a 12 week session; 8 students / 12 weeks)

New School of Music Fund — Our goal is to build a core of 100 New School of Music Partners who contribute $1200 per year, or $100 per month, to help build our school and jazz & blues camp – while providing scholarships for up to 50% of our enrollment to underserved kids. These are the people & organizations who share our passion for impacting lives through the gift of exceptional music education.

New School of Music Fund – Donor Recognition Levels

  • $10,000 & above Founders’ Circle
  • $5,000–$9,999 Platinum
  • $2,000–$4,999 Gold
  • $1,000–$1,999 Visionary
  • $500–$999 Leader
  • $250–$499 Advocate
  • $100–$249 Player
  • $1–$99 Fan