We bring people of all backgrounds together to create music. Why? Because music has the power to transform lives and minds. And our initiative - The Bridge Project - is at the forefront of these efforts, not only bridging cultural and socio-economic gaps, but also supporting youth throughout the critical years that bridge childhood to adulthood. The goal is to use music as a vehicle through which our most vulnerable youth will receive the sustained support and development needed to open doors of opportunity for a better future.
Through collaborative music experiences students:
Since 2008, the School has been working with our partner the Ann Arbor Public Schools to provide subsidized private lessons to students in middle school orchestra and band who otherwise would not have access to this one-on-one support. This program is called the Cooperative Outreach Music Program (COMP) and is an integral part of The Bridge Project.
Peace Neighborhood Center joined us as a partner the summer of 2018 to launch the inspiring program FOUND! Percussion Ensemble. This will be a stepping stone for their youth to participate in other opportunities at the School.
Bridge Project students apply the skills and attitudes they learned at the School to other areas in their life, helping them to diminish at-risk behaviors, succeed in school and walk into the world with a readiness to be the change they wish to see.