Opportunity Music Project’s joyful introduction to music making is led by some of New York City’s best music educators. Students ages 4-8 participate in small group classes and start learning on their instrument of choice from day one.
These classes are full of laughter and learning and include musical games, posture and technique practice, note learning, and parent participation. No previous musical training is required. Full and partial scholarships are provided based on financial need.
Every child at Opportunity Music Project receives private music lessons on violin, viola, cello, or the double bass.
To succeed, every musician needs three elements: passion, hard work, and opportunity. Due to difficult circumstances, countless families are unable to afford the high cost of private music lessons, which are essential for any aspiring classical musician. This project locates dedicated families with a child interested in music and offers them the opportunity to take private music lessons.
OMP offers students full tuition scholarships and partial scholarships to many students. High-quality instruments are provided if needed.
The Orchestra Program is an important feature of Opportunity Music Project’s curriculum and was formed to create a community atmosphere where students and their parents could come together as a group, develop friendships, and celebrate music making together.
The Orchestra Program is a unique chance for students to develop skills through group music making that can be applied to all areas of life. The structure of the orchestra is built on communication and mentorship, fostering a sense of shared responsibility, perseverance, and a desire to support each other. Learning to play in a group requires students to hone their skills on their instruments, and also listen carefully to one another, communicate, and work collaboratively towards a final goal.
The Orchestra Program provides unique and exciting performance experiences that further develop the bond and shared camaraderie of our young musicians. Some recent examples include performances at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Institute, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Mount Sinai Hospital.
Our orchestra’s students have successfully auditioned for, and have been accepted in some of New York City’s top youth orchestras and training programs, including Juilliard’s Music Advancement Program, the InterSchool Orchestra, and Laguardia High School.
The orchestra program has three levels: Beginning Orchestra, Intermediate Orchestra, and Honors Orchestra.
OMP’s intensive 10-day Summer Camp offers a unique opportunity to OMP Honors Orchestra students to work in a small chamber group such as a trio, a quartet, or a quintet, and rehearse under the guidance of a professional musician coach. Students also rehearse in an orchestral setting, attend master classes, technique classes, and musical outings as part of the curriculum and finishing with a citywide a performance tour!
Student performances occur in venues across New York City including community centers and hospitals such as St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Bayside Queens, and Mount Sinai Hospital and the Lighthouse Guild in Manhattan.