Mission Statement of the UMass Lowell String Project and Youth Orchestra
The UML String Project and Youth Orchestra is a vanguard music education initiative designed to achieve four major outcomes.
- We provide high-quality stringed-instrument instruction and creative music classes to Lowell Public School students.
- We encourage participants to cultivate a lifelong love of the performing arts.
- Project participants will experience firsthand how music builds positive relationships with peers and the community.
- The Project offers University students the opportunity to become effective music teachers while equipping them with the necessary experience and skills required of community leaders.
What we do:
While learning to play stringed instruments, students discover how music can build positive relationships with their peers and within their community. The String Project is a member of the National String Project Consortium, which is composed of 42 other String Projects located at major universities around the country.
Founded in 2001, the UMass Lowell String Project continues to play an integral role in our community by bridging the gap after music education was deeply cut from the curriculum in Lowell Public Schools. The String Project centers on students from economically challenged neighborhoods in Lowell. Many of our students' families cannot afford the tuition fees of the String Project or provide their own instruments. With support from UMass Lowell and generous partnerships in our community, we are able to offset the cost to participants by offering scholarships and subsidizing instrument rental fees.
The UMass Lowell String Project and Youth Orchestra engage parents and community members as well as its students. In addition to providing high-quality music education, the String Project seeks to add cultural value to the University and to the community of Lowell by presenting free public concerts off-campus. Program participants learn how participation in music can build community and connect them with their fellow citizens. This mirrors community engagement philosophies taught in our Master of Music in Music Education program in the Community Music option.