Project 440 is an industry leader in preparing young musicians to use their musical gifts to transform lives and transform communities.

Our Programs ... educate | ideate | activate


College Preparedness and Career Pathways
See Fall Schedule

Doing Good - The A Team

Social Entrepreneurship and Community Engagement
See Fall/Winter Schedule

  • Ten sessions each semester, plus parent workshops
  • Finding the right college fit: conservatory, university or liberal arts college?
  • How financial aid, scholarships and grants can make college affordable
  • How to approach the SAT and ACT tests
  • Writing a compelling college essay
  • Preparing for college interviews
  • One-on-one college counseling with a college specialist
  • Life skills training
  • Articulation of values, passions and goals
  • Sessions for parents of potential music majors
  • Exploration of 21st Century career paths in and connected to the field of music

Participation is limited to 30 Students!

Students who attend at least 7 of 10 workshops will receive a $200 Stipend!

Fall Schedule

Wednesdays from Oct. 4 to Dec. 13 (except Nov. 23), 4-6 pm
PSTV, School District Building, 440 N. Broad Street

  • Session 1: Introduction to the College Application Process
  • Session 2: Yoga and Relaxation for Musicians, Presented by Melissa White and Elena Urioste of Intermission Session and Retreat
  • Session 3: College Through the Lens of Music
  • Session 4: Testing, Essays and Supplementary Materials
  • Session 5: Broadening Musical Concepts For the Future: Exploring awareness and current understanding of our relationship to the music we label as classical, jazz, and improvisation. Presented by Diane Monroe, Jazz+ Musician/crossover violinist, composer, arranger, educator
  • Session 6: Presenting Yourself and Conquering Dreadful Deadlines
  • Session 7: What 11th and 12th Graders Need to Know About Applying to College
  • Sesson 8: Creating an Awesome Social Media Presence, Presented by Drew Forde, AKA Youtube sensation ThatViolaKid
  • Session 9: College Auditions
  • Session 10: Students' Choice - you vote! What college topics do you want to know more about?

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  • Curriculum developed by experts from across the country
  • Exploration of the fundamentals of entrepreneurship
  • Opportunities to develop leadership, communication, collaboration, and critical-thinking skills
  • Building a "professional toolkit" for success
  • Practical, hands-on experience developing social entrepreneurship projects and interactive performances that engage new audiences
  • Advice and mentorship from industry leaders
  • Entrepreneurship "Shark Tank" competition
  • Access to coaching with accomplished professional musicians, teaching artists and other industry experts
  • Heightened awareness of social responsibility and avenues for giving back

Participation is limited to 20 students!!

Students who attend at least 13 of the 15 sessions in the Fall/Winter will receive a stipend of $500!

Fall/Winter Schedule

Weekly from Nov. 2, 2017 to February 22, 2018, 4-6pm
CultureWorks, 1315 Walnut Street, Suite 320, Conference Room

Thursday, Nov. 2
Thursday, Nov. 9
Thursday, Nov. 16
Monday, Nov. 27
Thursday, Dec. 7
Thursday, Dec. 14
Thursday, Dec. 21
Thursday, Jan. 4
Thursday, Jan. 11
Thursday, Jan. 18
Thursday, Jan. 25
Thursday, Feb. 1
Thursday, Feb. 8
Thursday, Feb. 15
Thursday, Feb. 22

This is a 2-semester course. We will announce the Spring Schedule as soon as it is confirmed.

Students who attend at least 13 of the 15 sessions in the Spring will receive a stipend of $500!

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Community Engagement and Interactive Performance

  • Students play in small groups and hone skills such as collaboration and communication
  • They learn to identify "entry points" - ideas that can create meaning for their listeners who may not be familiar with the music or instruments
  • Students gain hands-on experience creating engaging, unique interactive performances
  • Teaching artists provide guidance on marketing
  • Groups learn how to identify venues and book performance dates

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"My first eye opening experience was a series of social entrepreneurship workshops with Project 440." - Allen L., NYO2 Violinist
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"Through Project 440, I not only grew as a musician and performer, but also as an educator. I am very grateful for the invaluable lessons, opportunities, and experiences Project 440 has given me." - Raymond Z., All City Bass Player
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partnership with the school district of PHILADELPHIA

partnership with the school district of PHILADELPHIA

We have expanded our programs to include opportunities for all music students in the School District. Our Doing Good and Instruments for Success programs will be open to any music student in the District. Project 440 will also partner with individual schools with existing music programs to form small ensembles that will create and perform unique interactive performances.