The mission of the Montgomery Music Project (MMP) is to develop young people and bring communities together through music. It does this by delivering affordable, high-quality music instruction to the children of Montgomery and the River Region and by uniting diverse geographic, ethnic, and socio-economic communities under the umbrella of the arts. MMP was founded in the fall of 2011 and operates under the auspices of the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra.
MMP offers three enriching ways for children to become involved during the school year as well as a camp during the summer. The School Program provides quality after-school group lessons to elementary and middle school students during the school year. Students receive instruction weekday afternoons, with all instruments and supplies provided. They also meet on Saturday mornings to rehearse as one orchestra.
The Saturday Program is open to children age 13 and younger who take private string lessons and wish to supplement their instruction with group activities. Weekly sessions include orchestra, music literacy, and choir.
Designed with our youngest students in mind, the Kindergarten Program offers an introduction to music lessons and string instruments. Early childhood music is taught in conjunction with a cardboard violin—forming a “Paper Orchestra.” Once the students are ready, they graduate to a real instrument of their choice.
The Montgomery Music Project offers over 40 hours of instruction each week during our 30 week program.
For the 2015-2016 program year over 110 children from 31 area schools are enrolled in our program. Our efforts to reach children from throughout Montgomery are reflected in the diversity of our program, which reflect that of Montgomery. 53% of program participants are African-American, 22% Caucasian, 11% Hispanic, 8% Asian and 6% Bi-racial/Other.
MMP is a tuition-based program. In order to ensure a diverse student body, it offers scholarships covering up to 95% of the program tuition. For the 2015-2016 program year, 98% of students involved in the program require some amount of scholarship assistance.