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Based in Paterson, New Jersey, The Paterson Music Project (PMP) is an El Sistema-Inspired Program that uses music as a vehicle for social change by empowering and inspiring children through the community experience of ensemble learning and playing. PMP provides an intense musical immersion for participating students, six hours each week after school. Students study a primary instrument (violin, cello, or viola) and participate in ensemble practice and private lessons. Students also study music theory, music history, aural training, and singing. Students perform frequently for the school and community.

PMP’s first site began at the Community Charter School of Paterson in January 2013 with 32 second graders. In January 2015, PMP partnered with the Paterson Public Schools to open a second site at Paterson Public School 1. There are almost 200 students in the program across the city grades 1-5. The Paterson Music Project is run by the Wharton Music Center/New Jersey Youth Symphony.

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PMP Students performed for Senator Cory Booker at the New Jersey Community Development Corporation (NJCDC) Dinner in October at the Westmount Country Club.

Check out the PMP Facebook page to stay updated, see photos, and more!  PMP features a Student of the Week each week on Facebook. Watch Haylee’s video here.

PMP is now on Twitter! Follow us @PMPElSistema or click the link here.


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