Guiding Principles

Social change.

The goal is social change, developing better citizens, primarily among economically disadvantaged communities, through the pursuit of musical excellence. 

Ensemble playing.

The focal point of the child's/youth's experience and the primary method for learning is ensemble playing; lessons are in groups. Everything is about the team; the culture is one of mutual support.


The pedagogy includes intensive – a high level of frequency - and lengthy contact with students, minimum 10 hours/week for each child participating.

Musical excellence and performance.

The attention to excellence unites the children around a common goal and the performance gives purpose and direction to the effort and allows the achievements to be celebrated by the whole community.


Inclusivity and accessibility strives to give every child an appropriate opportunity to participate.


Peer support is fundamental where children are responsible for each other and where those who are more advanced become mentor assistants for younger children; they become coaches/conductors; they remain involved.


The focus is on the collective practice of music, the joy of making music together, a hope-instilling music education program that enriches the lives of children.

Music is universal – every country, every people, everywhere! It’s the most live cultural element in every society - whether you listen, hum, clap, sing or play an instrument. Whether it’s a turntable, cd or iPod. Music is a social phenomenon; it exists in the everyday life of every community. Music is one of the most powerful forces in the world and one of the best tools available for social change and social action.