Progressions

Our music education & youth empowerment program provides the benefits of music education

Changing lives through music

Progressions is an El Sistema-based and culturally responsive music and youth development program that is all about changing lives by helping low-income, at-promise youth in our community identify, cultivate and celebrate their gifts through music education and performance.

An evidence-based program, Progressions uses music to connect with students, challenge them with a rigorous music education, help them build a pro-social community and stays with them through eighth grade. The program’s mission is to narrow the opportunity gap for at-promise students, expand equitable access to the arts for all, and advocating for music education as a necessary core subject for a well-rounded and inclusive 21st-century education.

In the first six months of the 2019-20 school year, we reached 1,000 students in six Title 1 school sites in the Franklin-McKinley School District with instrument training, ensembles, homework support and mentoring.

Since the Covid-19 pandemic closed schools and put the program on hiatus, we've continued to work with our students via home learning packets, videos and online events. We hope to renew instrument training and ensembles in 2020-21.

To learn more about the impact of the full program, download the PDF below:

Progressions is the only youth music program funded by the Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force

Videos

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THE PROGRESSIONS PROGRAM HAS BEEN AN AMAZING ASSET AND OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR COMMUNITY. WITHOUT IT, FEW KIDS WOULD EVER HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE EXPOSED TO MUSIC EDUCATION AT SUCH AN EARLY AGE AND DEVELOP THEIR TALENTS TO SUPPORT THEIR OVERALL PERSONAL GROWTH. I BELIEVE FOR SOME, PROGRESSIONS IS THEIR HOPE, THEIR ESCAPE, THEIR PLACE TO SUCCEED. AND THAT IS PRICELESS.

– Magdelena Moore, Jeanne R. Meadows Elementary Principal

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