Performing arts education to the tune of social change.
Private music lessons, sectional classes & ensemble education for students grades 1-12 in Paterson schools
The impact of Paterson Music Project on students goes well beyond the classroom. Music education teaches necessary creative, relational, and cognitive skills that empower and motivate students in all aspects of their lives.
PMP provides tuition-free afterschool music programming for students in Paterson. Students study a primary instrument and participate in ensemble practice, instrumental sectionals, private lessons, and performances. Programs are available to students of all musical abilities.
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Inspired by the global El Sistema movement, PMP uses music education as a vehicle for social change in Paterson, NJ.
PMP students are given the tools to succeed in school and beyond, as they learn how to perform, how to play their instrument, and how to play with others. Students engaged in learning an instrument often gain greater self-confidence, discipline, creative thinking skills, and feel a unique sense of achievement.
In the hours between school and when parents end the workday, students need extracurricular activities and a creative outlet. PMP afterschool music programming provides a safe, inclusive space.
What is the El Sistema movement?
El Sistema is based on the principle that music education has a profound impact on children of underserved communities. El Sistema was founded in Venezuela over 40 years ago and has become a worldwide movement, promoting social change through high-quality music programs. PMP is a member of El Sistema USA and the El Sistema NJ Alliance.
PMP launched its first site at the Community Charter School of Paterson (CCSP) in January 2013.
PMP started with 32 second graders.
PMP now partners with over 20 Paterson schools, serving nearly 500 students.