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 and Career Preparedness

  • 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

This after-school workshop series expands our students' horizons as they transition into adulthood. The curriculum is based on the needs and interests expressed by students, parents, teachers, guidance counselors, college admissions officers, and school administrators. Each semester, we will present 10 sessions filled with information on every aspect of the college admissions process, one-on-one college counseling with a college specialist, and peer-to-peer mentoring. Professionals in a variety of careers will talk about what they do and the paths that led them to their current position. Students will emerge equipped to take on the challenges of the college admissions process and understanding how their musical talents can open doors. They will see clear paths to success through a variety of career opportunities, whether or not the become professional musicians.

We will also present weekend sessions for parents, from the perspective of a parent of a young musician, including opportunites to address their questions and concerns regarding their college-bound musicians.


Doing Good - The A Team

Social Entrepreneurship and Community Engagement

  • 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 experience developing social entrepreneurship projects
  • 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
  • Hands-on experience creating and presenting interactive performances that engage new audiences in their community

Over the course of two semesters, our Doing Good students - the A Team - take their great ideas to the next level. We expose them to existing, successful and innovative ventures through a curriculum developed and delivered by industry experts. We teach the students about the entrepreneurial mindset. Working with our entrepreneur coaches and mentors, the students are encouraged to think creatively while learning how to turn a fledgling concept into reality. We give them hands-on experience with planning and marketing, determination and perseverance. We encourage them to seize the opportunity to use music as a tool to create a better world, and to be community leaders in the process. When they have completed the first semester, these young social entrepreneurs present their projects in the "shark tank" finale. They will then take the input and advice of our "sharks" and work with our mentors to fully develop their social entrepreneurship and community engagement projects.

"My first eye opening experience was a series of social entrepreneurship workshops with Project 440." - Allen L., NYO2 Violinist
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Project 440 Presents!

Interactive Performance

  • Students play in small ensembles 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

This is P440's chamber ensemble/interactive performance program. Over the course of several weeks, our accomplished teaching artists coach small ensembles of young musicians in the art of interactive performance, P440-style. Although we also place a repertoire coach with each of the ensembles to ensure the highest possible level of artistry, our focus is on helping the students to create their own unique, engaging interactive program. Students learn how to write a script, how to collaborate as a team, and how to speak to their audiences. Once they have a script, Project 440 staff help them to find venues for presentation of their interactive performances. When our 440 Student Ambassadors play for younger children, they serve as role models, promoting their art form while building collaboration, leadership and public speaking skills.

"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 chamber ensembles that will create and perform unique interactive performances. 

Beginning in 2015, Project 440 served as the lead Program Enrichment Partner for the School District of Philadelphia's All City Music Program. We created the first All City Chamber Ensemble Series in recent memory, and trained the groups in the art of interactive performance under the auspices of Project 440 Presents! We realized, however, that the students in All City come from some of the better resourced schools in the city. They also tend to be high-achieving students with schedules that are packed with extracurricular activities. We have decided to make a concerted effort to provide access to our programs to a much broader population of students in the District to increase the impact of our programs and help those who need it the most.

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