Music City Youth Orchestra’s
Harmony Project

What? Pursuing its mission to attract and educate the youth of our community about the life importance of music, the Music City Youth Orchestra (MCYO) has established a school music education program, called the Harmony Project. The Harmony Project is an exemplary program that is creating opportunities for low-income and minority youth to enjoy the benefits of learning and performing live music. The Harmony Project is a unique social intervention, which builds on the strengths of the community, using an intensive, ensemble-based music program. The use of a music program as a social intervention to combat the impacts of poverty might not seem to be an intuitive response, but research and experience have shown that it is indeed an effective programmatic solution for the community. Inspired by the philosophy of the musical youth development program, El Sistema, the goals and outcomes of the Harmony Project are social, as well as musical.

Why? Many Nashville students lack equitable access to the arts-especially music education, which is often costly due to the expense involved in purchasing and maintaining instruments and the need for private instruction. However, extensive research draws strong links between music education and academic achievement in elementary and middle school years that eventually impact a student’s ability to graduate from high school. Music education brings many benefits to children beyond music competence and appreciation. It prepares students to learn, facilitates academic achievement, and develops creative coping capacities. 

More information? Please contact Executive Director Scott Revo; Scott@musiccityyo.org, 615-200-6296.

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