About Project Music:
Project Music is an intensive after-school music education program for students in Stamford, Connecticut, dedicated to the memory of Anthony D. Truglia, who founded the original PROJECT MUSIC in the late 1960’s under the premise of providing free music lessons to inner city youth within walking distance to their homes. The current program is inspired by Venezuela’s “music education miracle” known as El Sistema, a program for social change created over 30 years ago by politician and musician Jose Abreu. In collaboration with the City of Stamford, Chester Addison Community Center (DOMUS), foundation and private supporters and future community partners, PROJECT MUSIC provides music education, instruments, and mentorship to Stamford youngsters.
Like El Sistema, PROJECT MUSIC is intended not only to provide musical instruments and training, but also to address some of the extensive social challenges affecting Stamford’s youth. To this end, we use music to cultivate fundamental life skills such as self-expression, cooperative learning, discipline, leadership, and creativity— all of which have been linked to improved social and academic outcomes. The program, which is offered to children at no charge, fills a gap in accessible quality music education and afterschool care in the City of Stamford.
El Sistema is … a set of inspiring ideals which inform an intensive youth music program that seeks to effect social change through the ambitious pursuit of musical excellence. El Sistema focuses primarily on children with the fewest resources and greatest need, but it also believes in social inclusion and that students from all social backgrounds should work together in the El Sistema Environment. Go to El Sistema USA’s website to read more on the El Sistema ideals and values. http://www.elsistemausa.org/guiding-principles.htm
To learn about how you can volunteer your time and talent to PROJECT MUSIC efforts, please visit our VOLUNTEER page.
To make a contribution to PROJECT MUSIC, visit our DONATE page.