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

Project STEP on the Kelly Clarkson Show!


Applications for FOCUS 2024 are now OPEN

English Application
Aplicación en Español

Audition Registration closes April 30 for our core program (grades 1-12)

CONGRATS Josué González!

Named top 100 Latinx leaders in Massachusetts! We’re proud to partner with Amplify Latinx for the inaugural 2023 #ALX100 Awards which recognize exceptional Latinx leaders across MA.


Project STEP is now a member of the New England Council and the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network


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.