Since 2007, musiConnects has offered free and low-cost music education programs to students in and around the Boston neighborhoods of Roslindale & Mattapan. We believe music education and live music are a right for all - not just the privileged few.
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Our nurturing, student-centered curriculum emphasizes long-term mentorship; skill building on string instruments; and the development of transferable, extra-musical qualities such as patience, resilience, confidence, and self-expression. musiConnects' initiatives - the Residency Program and Roslindale Community Program - center 1:1 private lessons and small group classes that impart our core chamber music values: collaboration, community, and commitment. Our musiConnects students take part in a range of activities complementing their private lessons and group classes: concert celebrations, solo recitals, Showcase performances, weekly All-Play experiences, guest artist workshops, and more. All musiConnects students are connected with affordable, high-quality instruments, and many take part in additional enrichment opportunities, including local youth orchestras, summer programs, and mC2, our teen leadership group.
Residency Programs take place at community centers and schools in Mattapan. This program serves local students - who represent a diverse cross-section of the communities we serve - at no cost beyond a nominal $20 registration fee. All students in our Residency Programs receive the use of an instrument, private lessons, small group classes, and additional enrichment opportunities such as weekly All-Play and mC2. Participants can find up-to-date schedules, resources, and program announcements on our Current Students page. In 2020-21, Residency Programming takes place online and at musiConnects' Roslindale studio. In a typical year, partner sites include:
Our Roslindale Community Program is based at the musiConnects studio in Roslindale Village. Students in this program sign up for private lessons at an affordable, sliding scale rate, and are invited to join Residency Program peers - at no extra cost - for group classes, All-Play workshops, and chamber music experiences. RCP students are asked to provide their own instrument - typically rented from Johnson String Instrument - whenever possible.
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