Since its inception in 1981, the Shostakovich School of Music, Art and Dance, at 297 Avenue X, Brooklyn, NY 11223, has grown from a dream envisioned by a small group of Russian immigrants, to a vibrant multifaceted music and art institution with three centers in the metropolitan New York area. The Shostakovich Music, Art and Sport School is a non-profit, non-sectarian institution dedicated to high quality instruction in art, music, theater and sport for individuals ages three to adult. The School serves over 500 students in a diversified multi-arts program. The Shostakovich School of Music, Art and Sport is licensed by the New York State Department of Education. The school does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, religion, national origin, or marital status in its admission, employment, financial aid, placement or recruitment practices and policies. The Shostakovich School of Music, Art and Sport is an equal opportunity-affirmative action institution. The Shostakovich School of Music, Art and Sport is named after one of the most important Russian composers of our time. The School is both named in tribute to him and in the hope that our students will emulate his artistic talent. Students enrolled at the Shostakovich School are encouraged to achieve their maximum potential and to experience the satisfaction that comes from the study and mastery of the arts. The curriculum has been designed to motivate students to participate fully in the educational process and to relate their studies to life, to society, and their own personal development. This philosophy of education gives inspiration to our students throughout their lives, whether they become professional artists or active amateurs. Course materials and instructional methods have been devised to make the disciplines come alive in the students' minds, so they can comprehend and internalize the mode of inquiry characteristic to each of the artistic endeavors. Students are encouraged to undertake independent study or tutorials in accordance with their personal interests. Students from all backgrounds are welcome.