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PMP serves students in grades 1-12. We work with any student that lives in Paterson, NJ.
PMP subsidizes the cost of the program for all students. There is a fee of $50 to $75 for the year depending on the program you do. This fee includes the price of the instrument for the year. The actual cost of the program per student is about $2,000. PMP fundraises and works with community partners such as the Paterson Public Schools, the Community Charter School of Paterson, and John P. Holland Charter School to cover the cost.
Yes, all participants must live in Paterson to sign up.
No transportation is provided to the program.
PMP hires Teaching Artists who are dedicated to teaching young people and using music as a vehicle for social change. PMP Teaching Artists include performing musicians as well as public school music teachers.
PMP teaches violin, viola, cello, bass, trumpet, saxophone, French horn, clarinet, bassoon, flute, and percussion.
Private lessons are offered to students who pass the prelude level. This is usually after one year of group classes.
PMP offers string orchestra and symphonic band ensembles.
Classes take place in person at one of our main sites. PMP currently gives classes at School 16, Community Charter School of Paterson and JP Holland Charter School. Private lessons may be in person or virtual.
Instruments are provided to all students to use for the duration of the program.