“A music education organization that has become a cornerstone of music instruction for students throughout New York City.” - The New York Times
Midori & Friends provides high-quality music education programs to NYC students in Grades PreK-12 who have little or no access to the arts. We lead these programs in schools, community organizations, and hospitals across the boroughs of our city.
With music, we spark young people’s creativity, ignite their imagination, boost their excitement about school, and nurture them as listeners and critical thinkers.
Our organization is known for two flagship programs that are offered both during and after school: 12 Notes, year-long sequential instruction in instrumental and vocal music provided by professional musicians of high caliber; and the Signature Concert & Workshop Series, performances by acclaimed ensembles in a wide range of genres, integrated with classroom workshops that culminate in student showcases. Both programs make it possible for young people to experience great music first-hand.
One of the hallmarks of Midori & Friends is our roster of collaborative, long-term school partnerships. Working closely with our partner principals and teachers, we create customized music programs that align with school-wide goals for arts learning and build pride throughout the school community. This cooperative style of program design distinguishes our organization and encourages schools and community organizations to work with us for multiple seasons—typically for 10 to 20 years. We currently partner with 40 schools and since our founding have enriched the education of over 250,000 NYC students.