Community Projects

Looking to make a bigger impact in your community? Want to create an ongoing program? Don’t go it alone! Join forces with organizations, schools and arts leaders in your community to …

  • Set up a practice buddy/mentoring program at your school, or local music school to help younger musicians stay motivated.
  • Offer free lessons at your school or another meeting place in your community
  • Set up a monthly concert series at a local community center, church, hospital or retirement home 

Talk to people at your music school, youth orchestra, choir, church about out what programs already exist and offer to help. You might be just what they’re looking for!

Check out the program that FTT alum Griffin Gaffney started to provide free violin classes for kids in his hometown

This spring you will be able to download the Community Projects PDF Library which includes:

  • Ideas for residencies and programs
  • Elements of a successful partnership
  • Resources 

Check out these amazing community programs started by famous musicians … 

Midori & Friends

Midori & Friends provides high quality music education programs to underserved children in New York City's public school system. The ‘Why Music Matters’ section has some good links.

Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Project

A not-for-profit artistic, cultural and educational organization founded in 1998 by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the Silk Road Project takes inspiration from the historic Silk Road trading route as a modern metaphor for multicultural and interdisciplinary exchange. Partnering with leading cultural and educational institutions, the Silk Road Project holds residencies in museums and universities and develops educational resources for elementary- and secondary-school students..

Check out Yo Yo Ma’s now-classic appearances on Sesame Street and Mr. Rodgers for a lesson in how to introduce classical music to young audiences.