Project Music uses music to make a difference in the lives of Stamford’s youth, empowering them with fundamental life skills and a pathway to their full potential through access to a highly engaging, rigorous, after-school music program which includes free instruments, music instruction, mentorship, and opportunities to perform.
Our collective success results in social transformation, creation of inspiration, and access for those most in need. Development of creativity and innovation ultimately gives our students the vision of their own potential.
We go the extra mile to remove barriers that typically prevent some students from pursuing their dreams. Not only do we offer our programs tuition-free to the students who need it, we go further by organizing transportation, making home visits, and whatever it takes to ensure that no students feels they have to drop out because of circumstances outside of their control.
Students who dedicate themselves to musical studies see the world open up beyond the neighborhoods they grew up in, as they learn and perform in new contexts. As their musicianship improves, Project Music students earn opportunities to play in regional youth ensembles, travel to far-off summer camps, and connect with a wide array of peers and mentors.
It begins with the incredible team of Teaching Artists who work with our young musicians every day, and continues through visits from our network of supporters who believe in children as deeply as we do. Students meet and develop relationships with accomplished musicians, who show them that there is a path to success for anyone who is willing to work hard to achieve it.
Schools with music programs have an estimated 90.2% graduation rate and 93.9% attendance rate, compared to schools without music education, which average 72.9% graduation and 84.9% attendance.
Students who take music in middle school score significantly higher on algebra assignments in 9th grade than their non-musical counterparts.
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