The Boston Music Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to ensuring the long-term social-emotional and musical success of children and youth by nurturing creativity, celebrating cultures, and developing civic engagement through quality music education and performance.
BMP’s vision is to give every child an engaging and fun musical experience, performance opportunities to develop confidence and self-efficacy, high levels of musical proficiency, and a passion for learning that transcends all subjects. We serve youth of all ages to ensure that the following long-term impact goals can become a reality for all students:
All youth take part in weekly, small-group rehearsals in one of eight orchestras, receive weekly private lessons from our dynamic team of professional musicians and experienced music educators, and take part in multiple community performances each year.
Social Emotional Development
Our curriculum is specifically designed to help students develop self-confidence and intrinsic motivation, empathy towards a diverse community of peers, and the ability to problem-solve and make constructive and respectful choices.
Our focus on community involvement gives students more context for how they as individuals can make a positive impact in the world. Students will understand the importance of community engagement, the positive role that music can play in their communities, and the satisfaction of preparing and performing for others.
In addition to instrumental music instructions, students take part in a series of creative projects from our signature paper orchestra program, student composition workshops, digital music tech classes, and music projects that integrate academic learning.
Boston Music Project, formerly Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program, was founded in 2011 by Graciela Briceno and Principal Simon Ho. As someone who did not have the opportunity to learn an instrument as a child, Principal Ho dreamed of having an orchestra at his elementary school that was both accessible and affordable for all students.
In its first year, the orchestra program served 50 students with four hours of music instruction per week. In subsequent years Boston Music Project grew by adding new faculty, serving more children, and increasing the number of hours per week of music instruction.
In 2013 BMP created a Kindergarten Musicianship class, with a focus on general music, paper orchestra, beginner strings, and community development from an early age (this is now the Mozart Orchestra).
In 2015, a new partnership began with Josiah Quincy Upper School to continue serving students who had graduated from the elementary school. This new partnership focused on Chamber Music & Leadership, for middle school students who wanted to advance their musical studies and leadership skills.
In 2017, BMP launched the Beethoven Ensemble for students with Special Needs. The Beethoven Ensemble serves 45 students with physical and mental disabilities during the school day, providing singing, rhythm, and simple instrumental instruction.