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E44: How to Leverage Music to Drive Impact with Brooklyn Music School’s Brian Adamczyk

This episode, the Executive Director of the Brooklyn Music School Brian Adamczyk talks about the origins of the Brooklyn Music School, how they are leveraging music to drive impact, and the difference music can make to peoples lives.

Brian Adamczyk has been an active performer throughout the east coast since 2005, doubling on all saxophones, clarinets, flute/piccolo, oboe, English horn, and ethnic woodwind flutes, and has performed with John Legend, The Who, Idina Menzel, Josh Groban, Sarah Brightman, Lindsey Stirling, and many more.

After initially being appointed as Director of Programming and Productions at the Brooklyn Music School in NYC, Brian became the Interim Executive Director, where he focuses on advancing the BMS mission of providing quality, accessible performing arts programming to all those who wish to receive it, regardless of economic or financial circumstances. Here are a few of the topics we’ll discuss on this episode of Scaling Impact:

  • The mission of the Brooklyn Music School.
  • How Brooklyn Music School was founded.
  • Increasing the accessibility of performing arts programs.
  • How to leverage music to drive impact.
  • The difference between direct and indirect impact.
  • The transformations students make going through Brooklyn Music School programs.
  • How Brooklyn Music School extends access to people who have limited opportunities.
  • Future plans for the Brooklyn Music School.


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  • 4:09 – “It’s a very old organization, it’s 113 years old so that was something else that was very interesting to me, the history not only in the walls, the character, and the soul, the historic block that it sits on in Fort Green which is a section of Brooklyn just thinking about all the people that passed through the building and just having that history so the story goes that European immigrants came to Brooklyn specifically and I think it began as a small piano studio around 1909 we believe is the traditional founding year.”
  • 8:08 – “Our programming, this is very important, ranges all the way from early childhood through senior citizens so we’re literally trying to hit every angle of one’s life from start to finish and everything in between so we are now doing some work in foster care agency so as far as creating impact one big way is to generate what we believe is quality versatile programming that happens in our building and then we bring that programming through our outreach sector to many different types of partnering organization schools etc. so that creates a much larger impact.”
  • 13:00 – “At BMS we’re not a conservatory mindset, we’re not trying to produce every single student to become the next Virtuoso or professional artist but what we want to do is we want to just create an introduction to all of these different performing arts and then, of course, we have very advanced students, we have talented students that do go into music or dance or some of these other disciplines and that’s great too.”
  • 18:05 – “Many times not just once, I’ve got on the bus with a bunch of fifth graders they’re trying to figure out who this guy is, who coordinated the program because really they had a relationship with the teaching artist and they would just so openly say every once in a while yea Mr. Adamczyk I’m so excited to be going to this fancy club where the tall buildings are and what they were referring to is coming from the North-South areas of Phillidelphia maybe West they were talking about Center City where the highrises are and that’s where this club was and at least four or five different kids on five different occasion said I’m really excited too because I’ve never left my block before.”