Manhattan School of Music

Connecting students to conservatory faculty

Gould Academy’s Distance Learning Partnership with the Manhattan School of Music (MSM) gives students the opportunity to pursue individual music lessons with MSM’s high caliber adjunct faculty.

Gould students are thoughtfully paired with MSM faculty based on proficiency. The state-of-the-art video conference system provides for an extremely intimate lesson experience.

Brass, wind, string, piano, percussion, and vocal lessons are available.

The Manhattan School of Music launched its groundbreaking Distance Learning program in 1996, the first of its kind at a major conservatory. Since then, using state-of-the-art interactive video conference technology, MSM has developed programs to connect students, educators and distinguished artists around the globe.


James McLaughlin

Performing Arts Program Chair
B.S. Music Education
Plymouth State College
Director of the Distance Learning Program
Fall Play/Spring Musical


Born  and raised in Cincinnati, Mr. McLaughlin moved to New Hampshire in the eighth grade. Graduating  from Plymouth State College in 1988, he won the Granite State Piano Competition that same year. He has been involved in music education for over 25 years as a private piano/theory teacher and clinician, and has spent many years performing as a freelance jazz/rock pianist and vocalist throughout the United States, including New England and New York City. At Gould, Mr. McLaughlin has directed both the band and choral programs, worked as the technical director in Gould’s fall theater productions, and directed the pit band in the spring musicals. He is an advisor and teaches music in the classroom, including classes in Jazz History and Music Technology.  Through a partnership with the Manhattan School of Music, he oversees the distance learning program. Still active as a performer, Mr.McLaughlin  brings his passion for live music to his students. He lives in West Bethel with his two children, Tarin ’16 and Finnian ’20.