Outreach Programs

Project Harmony

By engaging children in orchestra programs that foster skill development, self-confidence and personal empowerment, Project Harmony creates social transformation through music. 

Program Description

Project Harmony is a community-based orchestra outreach program inspired by the El Sistema youth and community development program of Venezuela. Since 2017, Arts+ and the Charlotte Symphony (CSO) have partnered to offer the program, aimed at building pathways to success for Charlotte-area youth through music. With classes held two to three times each week, participants form a community around music-making – learning from professional teachers and collegiate music interns and forming mentor/mentee relationships within the group. All students who participate are provided with instruments free of charge since most don't own one. Project Harmony currently serves more than 150 students in four low-income neighborhoods across Charlotte: Winterfield, Montclaire South, West Charlotte and West Sugar Creek. 

This year, Project Harmony is going virtual! Students will attend virtual group music classes two days per week (depending on location) after school. Beginners will have the opportunity to learn about string and wind instruments. Returning students will continue their journey on their instrument from last year. 

Project Harmony Participants can expect:

  • Two core classes on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday
  • Group instrumental time both days divided by ability level
  • Music FUNdamentals one day 
  • Special topics on the second day
  • One small group lesson each week
  • Opportunities for special interest sessions, virtual social opportunities, and other optional activities over Zoom. 

Eligible students are invited to register now for classes starting on October 12. (Registration link will take you to the CSO website.)

Project Harmony is sponsored by Culture Blocks— a community partnership between ASC, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation to bring arts and cultural experiences closer to where residents live. Culture Blocks is funded by Mecklenburg County.


Arts+ is grateful for these partners that make Project Harmony possible:

  • Charlotte Symphony
  • D.G. Brungard Foundation
  • Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation