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Our mission.

For over 100 years, the All Newton Music School has served Newton and the Greater Boston area as a valuable cultural resource for all persons interested in lessons, classes and concerts. ANMS provides quality musical instruction on all musical instruments and classes in appreciation, education, musical theatre, and more, for young children through adults. Alumni include orchestral musicians, soloists and chamber players as well as life-long music advocates. Our excellent faculty and staff are waiting to assist you on your musical journey. We welcome all of you to our musical community!


Our beginnings.

All Newton Music School was founded over a century ago by Elizabeth Fyffe, a violinist and composer whose mission – to provide high quality music instruction for the people of Newton – still stands today. Now, however, the breadth of opportunity and resources far exceeds our humble beginnings. Our excellent faculty and staff are waiting to assist you on your musical journey. We welcome all of you to our musical community!

ANMS provides quality musical instruction on all musical instruments and classes in appreciation, education, musical theatre and more, for young children through adults. Alumni includes orchestral musicians, soloists and chamber players as well as lifelong music advocates.


Timeline>

1911: Elizabeth Fyffe, concert violinist, composer, and author of music instruction books founded All Newton Music School. The school was originally housed in a kindergarten school in West Newton, and developed a working relationship with Newton Public Schools.
1946: The Trustees acquired the School’s first real home, at the corner of Walnut and Cabot Streets.
1965: Under Anne Gombosi’s leadership, the School purchased its current home at 321 Chestnut Street. The program was expanded to include students of all ages, and added brass, recorder, guitar, chamber and singing groups.
1974-76: Boston Symphony Orchestra violinist Ayrton Pinto served as Director.
1977-1985: Pianist Andrew Wolf served as Director, and began a new era of growth for the School. The Benefit Concert Series is now named in his honor.
1986: Paulette Bowes, clarinetist, became Director following four years as the Associate Director. MS. Bowes continues to expand the course offerings, develop community outreach initiatives, and leads our organization today.