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.
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.
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.
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 provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).