DMF free group classes are the “foundation” of the foundation – it’s how we started 12 years ago. They are not traditional “music therapy” sessions, which are typically done on a one-on-one basis and geared towards achieving specific goals. Rather, our classes are designed to maximize the broadest range of musical and social benefits for the maximum number of participants.

Available to individuals with developmental and physical disabilities ages 3 to adult, classes focus on empowering individuals to make clear progress on their own terms. They enhance self-confidence and self-esteem and promote personal expression and growth. Most importantly, they enrich hearts and souls, and uplift spirits.  

Classes run up to 30 weeks a year from September to December, February to May and July. We offer Singing, Drumming and Percussion, Lyric Composition, Keyboard, Guitar, Singing and Dancing, DJ 101 and Band. Group classes include a culminating event, in the form of a free music festival, hosted twice a year at an outside venue. Here family and friends can celebrate all of the hard work and dedication of the participants all semester.

Our classes are free, with enrollment as simple as completing a form and attending a half-hour greeting session to ensure compatibility. This provides the opportunity to gain a better understanding of each applicant’s specific interests, experience and needs - ultimately allowing for the best placement.

The demand for our classes is very high, with a waiting list of typically one year. Individuals can be placed on the waiting list at any time and will be notified as soon as spot becomes available. Please call us to place yourself or an individual on our waiting list 212.289.8912.In the meantime, as you wait for a spot to become available, we encourage you to explore our other music programs so you can have the opportunity to participate in the DMF community.