Program & Mission

Mission Statement

Making Music Matters (MMM) is committed to ensuring equity of access to quality Arts Education, specifically instrumental music instruction, to students in the Boston Public Schools. MMM welcomes all students. The MMM enrollment is deliberately inclusive and reflects the diverse student populations and various educational settings in each school. Through student performances, Making Music Matters works to engage whole school communities, create multi-school collaborations, promote communication and cooperation among administrators/headmasters, inspire teaching and learning, involve and connect parents/guardians and homes, and to link schools across the District to their neighborhoods and to the larger community.

Most important, Making Music Matters brings the gift of music to our students. For many of our children, MMM’s in-school instrumental program is the only opportunity they will have to learn to play a musical instrument. Learning to play an instrument can alter a student’s entire school and educational experience. MMM is pledged to provide a vibrant arts experience in our schools and to encourage a life-long love of music in all of our students.

Program Description

Making Music Matters is a collaborative school-based, parent-managed, grant-funded partnership among the Beethoven/Ohrenberger K-8 Pathway School, the Bates, Conley, Philbrick and Mozart Elementary Schools which provides:

  • Students in Grades Three, Four, and Five with 30 weeks of group instrumental lessons in clarinet, flute, trumpet, and violin during the regular school day and also offers several student performances throughout the year, both in school and in various community venues.
  • Parents/Guardians/Families the opportunity for active and authentic parent/family involvement through serving as as Parent Liaisons in the schools, and participating in fundraising, program management, grant-writing, and advocacy activities.
  • Schools with a uniquely inclusive program that ensures equity of access to a quality arts experience to all students.
  • District with a working model for delivering instrumental music education that can and has been successfully replicated in additional schools.