Project 440 Program FAQs

Partnership with the School District of Philadelphia

Our Doing Good and Instruments for Success programs are open to any high school student in the School District of Philadelphia completely free of charge.

 

Instruments for Success

How do I apply? When is the application deadline?
You can access the application by clicking here. The application deadline is September 28th.

What do I have to do to earn the $200 stipend?
You are expected to actively participate in the course. Students are allowed 1 unexcused absence and 2 excused absences. As long as you are an active participant and do not exceed the absence limit, you are eligible to receive the stipend.

Who will be presenting the College Workshops?
Cigus "The College Fairy" Vanni will lead the college workshops. He knows stuff - lots of stuff - and will be able to give you all kinds of information about colleges and the application process that you won't learn anywhere else. 

Who will be presenting the Career Pathways Workshops?
We are still finalizing presenters for Fall 2018. Past presenters have included the following:

  • Melissa White and Elena Urioste are both professional musicians who run a summer yoga retreat for musicians called Intermission Sessions and Retreat.
  • Diane Monroe is a crossover violinist, improvisor and educator. 
  • Drew Forde is best known as ThatViolaKid on Youtube. He launched a very successful career using social media. 

You can read more on the Teaching Artists and Guest Speakers page.

Where will the workshops take place?
All Instruments for Success workshops will take place in the PSTV Main Studio, which is in the basement of the School District Administrative Building, 440 N. Broad Street. There's a Broad Street Line stop - Spring Garden Street - that's less than 1/2 a block away. 

Where can I find a schedule for the Instruments for Success workshops?
The Fall 2018 schedule can be accessed by clicking here.

Why should I attend these workshops?  
Are you a musician thinking about going to college? If your answer is "yes" you should attend to learn from an expert about the college search and application process, from start to "You have been admitted..." 

Do you believe you know all the information you need to submit a successful college application? If your answer is "no" or "I don't know," you should definitely register. We want to provide you with expert guidance, answer your questions, and make sure you're ready to apply. 

Would you like to learn about the countless ways to pursue your music after college? If your answer "yes" you should attend to learn how you can keep music in your life, for the rest of your life, whether or not you become a professional musician. 

What if I have to miss a session? 
We understand that sometimes there are legitimate reasons to miss a session - illness, writing a big paper, etc. You can read more about the absence policy in the Fall 2018 Application.

 

Doing Good

How do I apply? When is the application deadline?
You can access the application by clicking here. The application deadline is September 28th.

What do I have to do to earn the $500/semester stipend?
You are expected to actively participate in the course and meet all deadlines as set forth by the instructors. Absences should be discussed on a case by case basis with the instructors. As long as you are an active participant and do not exceed the absence limit, you are eligible to receive the stipend.

Do I have to attend the fall/winter sessions to participate in the spring sessions?
Yes. Doing Good is a year-long after-school program, and the spring sessions will build on what the students do and ideate during the fall/winter sessions. The spring sessions will be hands-on project development and implementation of those ideas that are formed in the fall/winter sessions.

Who will be presenting the Doing Good sessions?
Susanna Loewy, Project 440's Program Director, Lead Teaching Artist, and community engagement expert, along with Nozomi Imamura.

What if I can't attend all the sessions?
We understand that sometimes there are legitimate reasons to miss a session - illness, writing a big paper, etc. The instructors should be notified of absences in advance.

Where will the Doing Good sessions take place?
We are still finalizing where the 2018-2019 course of Doing Good will be held.

Where can I find a schedule for Doing Good?
The 2018 - 2019 schedule for Doing Good can be accessed by clicking here.