Harmony Project KC harnesses the transformative power of music to increase access to higher education for underserved students by removing systemic barriers to achievement through academic and social support.
Music may be how children enter the doors of the Community Center, but once here it is so much more.
Our vision is that in a neighborhood with 25+ languages spoken, cultural differences, and challenges,
music is the universal language. It is the vehicle to growing a stronger community with thriving families
through increased access to prevention services focused on mental health and well-being of children. Key activities are:
• Ensemble based music training and performance opportunities
• Free instruments for students
• Academic support through the Path to College program
• Enrichment opportunities to broaden artistic horizons
• Individualized and group music therapy
• Wraparound services through the Student & Family Advocate
• Parent involvement through volunteerism, participation on Parent Council, and workshops
We serve 260+ talented, hard working, and bright students from loving and resilient families! Here is more information about the population we serve at Harmony Project KC:
25+ schools represented.
5-17 years old.
85% children of color.
95% qualify as low income based on free and reduced lunch rates.
60% of HPKC parents are English Language learners.
20% of program parents do not yet hold a high school diploma or equivalent.
Harmony Project KC is an affiliate of Harmony Project Los Angeles.
HPLA Model & Outcomes:
Won the nation’s highest honor for an arts-based youth program by the President’s Committee on the Arts & Humanities.
Recipient of the White House's "Bright Spots in Hispanic Education" Award.
Harmony Project students consistently defy the odds with 95% college acceptance rate, and an average of 7 years’ participation in the program.
Published research on Harmony Project students has shown:
90% of students showed improved focus/discipline
Students were reading on grade level by third grade, as compared to non-participating peers
73% improved academic achievement
71% improved family communication
44% improved self-esteem
95% graduated from high school and attend college
Music improves children's language learning and acquisition, reading, and ability to hear through noise. (Research performed on Harmony Project students by Dr. Nina Krauss, Northwestern University).
10-year study at Brown showed that arts-based programs produced more powerful results than sports or community service programs.