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.

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.

Support for the In-Schools program is provided in part by ArtsMemphis, AutoZone, Thomas W. Briggs Foundation, Hyde Family Foundation, and The Urban Child Institute.

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