News & Events

Third grade mini concerts set for January 23-26, 2018

Pictured above:  Making Music Matters Instructor Tom Halter with a group of third grade trumpet students from the Conley School earlier this school year.

Family and friends are invited to join us for the third grade mini concerts this week. All performances take place in the respective schools.

Bates 3rd grade, Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 10:00 am
Beethoven 3rd grade, Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 9:00 am
Conley 3rd grade, Thursday, Jan. 25 at 12:00 noon
Ohrenberger 3rd grade, Friday, Jan. 26 at 8:50 am
Mozart 3rd grade, Friday, Jan. 26 at 1:55 pm

Making Music Matters sets goal to raise $6,000 in annual raffle, plus incentives for our student sellers

Making Music Matters is pleased to announce our 5th annual raffle. It is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and we hope to surpass last year’s results by selling $6,000 in raffle tickets.

Five lucky raffle ticket purchasers will win a Chromebook laptop computer. We will hold five separate drawings, one for each Making Music Matters school.

Tickets are on sale now. Sales will continue through December 19. Tickets are $2 each or a book of three tickets is just $5. Tickets may be purchased from students of Making Music Matters, and books of tickets may be purchased online by following this link:

Winners will be drawn and notified on Wednesday, December 20.

As an added incentive this year, our student sellers have an opportunity to win prizes for selling the most tickets. Our top four winners will receive Blue Man Group tickets, a $50 Amazon gift card, or Providence Bruins tickets. In order to be eligible for this contest, students must turn in their raffle ticket stubs and money by Friday, December 15. Each of the stubs must have the student’s name clearly written.

Please help keep us keep Making Music Matters in our schools and support our raffle!

Mark your calendars! In-school concerts in November!

Families and friends of Making Music Matters students are invited to attend the in-school concerts, which will be from November 14-17 at the respective schools during the school day.

A special request for parents and guardians of Making Music Matters students: Please help your child to remember to bring their instrument to school on their performance day, or they will be unable to perform.

Here is the schedule:

Tuesday, November 14
Ohrenberger Grade 5, 8:50 am
Bates Grade 3, 10:00 am
Bates Grade 5, 10:45 am
Conley Grade 5, 12:00 noon

Wednesday, November 15
Beethoven Grade 3, 9:00 am
Bates Grade 4, 10:00 am
Conley Grade 4, 12:00 noon

Thursday, November 16
Ohrenberger Grade 4, 8:50 am
Philbrick Grades 4 and 5, 10:45 am
Conley Grade 3, 12:00 noon

Friday, November 17
Ohrenberger Grade 3, 8:50 am
Mozart Grades 4 and 5, 1:00 pm
Mozart Grade 3, 2:00 pm

Enrollment for lessons is open

Lessons for the new school year begin September 26!

Making Music Matters is preparing for a busy year, as we expect to enroll more than 500 Boston Public School students this month. 

Our free instrumental music lessons in the clarinet, flute, trumpet and violin are offered to 3rd grade students at the Beethoven School, 4th and 5th grade students at the Philbrick School, and 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students at the Bates School, Conley School, Ohrenberger School, and Mozart School.  This is the first year 3rd grade students from the Conley School are eligible.

3rd grade students receive instruction on multiple instruments.  4th and 5th grade students choose one instrument to play throughout the year. 

Making Music Matters lessons occur in the schools during the school day, making it both unique and accessible to our students. 

In order to secure a seat in a lesson, enrollment forms must be completed and returned to the school with a $50 money order to pay for the cost of the instrument rental for the course of the school year. Checks are not accepted for instrument rental.  Incomplete enrollment packets will be returned home.   

Enrollment packets have been distributed to eligible students at their schools.  They are, also, available to print in the "For Parents" section of  Additionally, enrollment packets in Spanish are available in hard copy from the schools and for print in the "For Parents" section of 

Seats in the lessons are filled on a first come, first serve basis.