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.

Student Spotlight

Meet the Musician Series| Meet Carmen

Meet Carmen! Carmen is in the 2nd grade and joined Project STEP through our FOCUS program in 2019. Want to learn why Carmen chose to play the cello over the violin? You’ll have to check out the video to find out!

Programs

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.