The Paterson Music Project (PMP) is a program of the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts that empowers children to achieve their full potential through the joyful pursuit of musical excellence. Inspired by the global El Sistema movement, PMP uses music education as a vehicle for social change in its home city of Paterson.

PMP provides intensive, tuition-free musical training to students throughout Paterson after school. Students study a primary instrument and participate in ensemble practice and instrumental sectionals. Students also study music theory, music history, aural training, and singing. Students perform frequently for the community.


Wharton Gala

Event Date: March 06, 2020

Join us for dinner and drinks, auctions and awards. Proceeds from the Gala support all of Wharton’s programs: the New Jersey Youth Symphony, Paterson Music Project, and Performing Arts School.

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Playathon Festival Orchestra


Event Date: March 29, 2020

Nearly 500 young musicians enjoy this annual opportunity to perform as one orchestra in the New Jersey Youth Symphony’s largest fundraising event. A heart-warming and moving occasion, many NJYS members describe this extraordinary concert as their favorite performance of the season. Additional performances by Paterson Music Project and Performing Arts School students. 12:30pm: PMP Ensembles, […]

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