FOCUS: Kindergarten

Focus Program Overview

The FOCUS program provides early access to musical training, exposing students to different types of music and instruments. The FOCUS program’s mission is to generate enthusiasm for music, and to be a link between students and Boston-area music schools, enabling those who are interested to pursue musical study.

Program Description

FOCUS I aims to introduce young students from historically underrepresented communities to the study of music. FOCUS I provides valuable beginning music instruction and instrumental demonstrations to students who are currently in Kindergarten/K2 (rising up to 1st grade next Fall). During this class, children use their bodies to explore rhythm, musical components and expression. For many students, this early exposure to music will help enrich the music programs in their own schools and help encourage them to pursue the study of musical instruments in the future. A parent or guardian must attend class with each student.

FOCUS II provides early instrumental training for students who are interested in learning classical stringed instruments, including violin, viola, cello, and bass. A small group of students from FOCUS I will be selected to participate in seven weeks of group violin or cello lessons that meet twice a week. Admission to FOCUS II is based on the student’s talent and his or her ability to focus in a class setting. Enthusiasm, attendance, dedication and parent participation during FOCUS I are also considered during the FOCUS II selection process. Class meets three times a week, a parent or guardian must attend class with the student.

How to Apply

Kindergarten students from historically underrepresented communities in classical music that are in Kindergarten/K2 in public, private, parochial, charter, or home schools in Boston and surrounding areas, can apply for admission to FOCUS.

Applications for FOCUS 2024 are now Closed
The program will run on Saturdays at 4:00 pm from January 27 – April 27, 2024.

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Project STEP offers FOCUS at no cost to the participants. Project STEP will provide all instruments and learning materials used in class for the students.