We envision a world in which the classical music profession reflects the racial and ethnic diversity of our communities.

Since 1982, Project STEP (String Training Education Program) has provided talented young musicians that identify with historically underrepresented groups in classical music with comprehensive music instruction.

Applications for FOCUS 1 are Now Open!

FOCUS Kindergarten Program 2022

Calling all K2 students! Applications for FOCUS I are now open! Classes will begin on Saturday, January 22, 2022, and will take place at St. Patrick’s Church in Roxbury, MA. The application deadline for FOCUS I is Wednesday, January 5, 2022. 

Questions? Please email us at info@projectstep.org.


Students in Project STEP’s Core program receive sustained, individualized training for up to 12 years on violin, viola, cello, or bass (with instruments provided by STEP). Most weekly training occurs on Saturdays during the academic year in practice rooms at Symphony Hall or the New England Conservatory (NEC), and in teachers’ private studios. A sample of classes includes private lessons, music theory, chamber music, orchestra and host of additional enrichment and performance opportunities.