Opus 118 Harlem School of Music helps 750 underserved students annually by providing low-cost, high-quality after-school instruction in violin, viola, cello, guitar, piano, and voice.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
The After-School Music Program at Opus 118 began when public school music programs in East Harlem were cut. About 41% of Opus 118 students are African American, 55% are Hispanic; and 92% participate in the federal free or reduced lunch program. Opus 118 provides a safe, creative environment where youth can develop their artistic and personal skills.
How will this project solve this problem?
Students of the After-School Program receive instruction 1-4 hours per week throughout the school year. They also perform at recitals and give free concerts in local neighborhoods, hospitals, shelters, senior centers, and other organizations.
Potential Long Term Impact
In serious music study, a student learns discipline, patience, persistence, and what it feels like to succeed. Music also provides an alternative to high-risk behaviors. Our students go on to study at prestigious music schools and universities.
This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.