University Chapters

MMC’s University Chapters partner with Title I Schools in their community to provide free, student-centered music instruction. University students serve as volunteer instructors to students who wouldn’t otherwise have access to private lessons. Our volunteer instructors have intensive music training – some are aspiring musicians or music educators while others are pursuing careers in finance, law, government, consulting, and non-profit. They’re all talented musicians who love sharing what they’ve learned with a student who wouldn’t otherwise have a chance to learn it.

Students range grades K-8. Most have no music training and attend public schools with little to no arts education budget. MMC takes a personalized approach to pairing students with their Musical Mentor. Not only do we consider the student’s instrument of choice, but also their developmental needs and relevant characteristics, skills, and interests. The University Chapter program offers lessons on the following instruments (depending on age and musical background): violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar, voice, percussion, ukulele, composition, and most wind and brass instruments. Many of our students study classical and jazz, but we teach whatever our students love to listen to – pop, hip hop, and rock are all on the menu! Students receive a free instrument and we custom-design our lessons to meet the needs and learning styles of each student, and strive to prioritize collaborative goal-setting as the primary method for achieving progress.

The University Chapter program is a semester long opportunity (Fall/Spring). Students take 8 lessons per semester and have an end of semester recital opportunity. Students may participate for as many semesters as they would like. Outside of the lesson room, our students have the opportunity to participate in masterclasses and workshops. We also take our students and their families to live concerts and offer opportunities for behind the scenes looks at venues like Lincoln Center and Symphony Hall.



Apply for Lessons

Students at any of MMC’s partner schools can apply for free lessons with our University Volunteer Instructors. Click here to learn more about how to apply


Teach for a University Chapter

University students at any of our MMC University Chapter schools can apply to be a University Volunteer Instructor. Learn more


Have Questions?

If you have questions or want to learn more please reach out to Camellia Aftahi, our University Chapter Coordinator.


Interested in starting a chapter at your university?

Musical Mentors Collaborative is here to help you through every step of the way! Contact Camellia Aftahi, our University Chapter Coordinator, for more information.





Our Chapters

Partner Schools

New York
Columbia University P.S. 145 The Bloomingdale School
NYU P.S. 2 Meyer London School
P.S. 19 East Village Community School
Queens College P.S. 64 The Joseph P. Addabbo School
P.S. 164 Queens Valley School of the Arts

Boston University The Maurice J. Tobin School

Carnegie Mellon University University Prep Pittsburgh Milliones