Research demonstrates the important role music-engagement focused youth development activities can play in giving youth the skills, attitudes, and behaviors they need to overcome barriers and succeed in school and life. We work directly with students, parents, school and city leadership, nonprofit professionals and musicians to support and strengthen existing in-school music education.

Our in-schools music engagement is our original direct program, which helps transform music classrooms into learning laboratories for personal development, growing student confidence and self-efficacy. MMI pairs professional musicians with more than 45 Memphis schools, impacting more than 4,000 students. Our Music Engagement Fellows provide instruction in the classroom and connect students to the Memphis music community through field trips around the city.

FROM THE MMI BLOG: Exploring the work in-schools

Work in progress: the in-schools strategy in action
The view from here: school administrator
In the classroom: village vitality
Developing the approach: MMI’s in-school strategy