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 welcomes students who are interested in a wide variety of musical styles. Whether it’s rock guitar, hip-hop production, jazz piano, classical violin, pop singing, or beyond, we are here to nurture your musical ambitions. We currently have faculty on the following instruments – if you don’t see your desired instrument on this list, no need to worry. We’ll almost certainly be able to find someone in our network who plays what you want to play – violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, voice, drums and percussion, ukulele, composition and songwriting, computer music, trumpet, trombone, and flute. 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 10 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 sign up for free lessons below. Sign ups happen in August/September and December/January each year. If you have questions or want to learn more please reach out to our University Chapter Coordinator.
- P.S. 2 Meyer London School
- P.S. 64 The Joseph P. Addabbo School
- P.S. 69 The Jackson Heights School
- P.S. 145 The Bloomingdale School
- P.S. 628 Brooklyn Brownstone School
- M315 East Village Community School
- The Maurice J. Tobin School