Project 440 Program FAQs

Instruments for Success

What do I have to do to earn the $200 stipend?
Attend at least seven of ten workshops to earn the $200 stipend. You'll learn so much you'll be glad you did!

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. Click on "Who We Are" in the Nav bar, then go to 'Teaching Artists and Guest Speakers' to read more about his experience.

Who will be presenting the Career Pathways Workshops?
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 about each of these presenters by going to "Who We Are" and navigating to our "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?
You will find the schedule for the fall on our "Programs" page

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. So it's ok to miss a couple sessions. However, because participation is limited to only 30 students, we ask you to come to as many sessions as you can. And you will only be eligible for the $200 stipend if you attend at least seven sessions.

DOING GOOD

What do I have to do to earn the $500 stipend?
To earn the $500 stipend for the fall/winter sessions, you must register, be accepted, and attend at least 13 of the 15 sessions.

Do I have to register to participate?
Yes. Because the class size is limited to 20 students, every participant must register. Registering also helps us to learn more about you before you come to the first session.

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 Michael O'Bryan, who is, among other things, Program Manager for Youth Arts Education at The Village of Arts and Humanities. Mike also has lots of experience in the entrepreneurial world.

I've heard that Project 440 does a Shark Tank. How does that work? Our version of the Shark Tank is really fun! After students have had some time to come up with an entrepreneurial or community engagement (or both) idea, we have them create short presentations for our panel of "sharks." The sharks give feedback and advice and, for this program, they will vote on the most promising projects to determine which may be awarded seed money for the implementation phase in the spring. Our sharks may not be billionaires, but they are experts in entrepreneurship, music, community service and education.

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. So it's ok to miss a couple sessions. However, because participation is limited to only 20 students, we ask you to come to as many sessions as you can. And you will only be eligible for the $500 stipend if you attend at least 13 of the 15 sessions during the fall/winter.

Where will the Doing Good sessions take place? All of the Doing Good sessions will take place in the conference room at CultureWorks, which is a cool co-working space for creative types, and where we have our office. CultureWorks is located at 1315 Walnut Street, Suite 320.

Will there be a book that goes with this curriculum? Good question! Yes! We have engaged Mark Rabideau, a music entrepreneur and director of 21cm.org (check it out!) at DePauw University. Our own Program Director, Dr. Susanna Loewy, is also authoring parts of the book focused on community engagement. The book is called Doing Good: Entrepreneurial Musicians Making a Difference, and it will be given to every participant free of charge.

Where can I find a schedule for Doing Good?
Visit our Programs page for a schedule for the fall/winter sessions.

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