Harmony Program

  • Harmony Program: A Tableau of Youthful Talent

  • Harmony Program: Cello Class in Harlem‘s Palace Theater

  • Harmony Program: Instrumental Classes

  • Harmony Program: Budding Violinists

Families Make Music

“They did find compelling characters from…the Harmony Program in Harlem – terrific teachers, students, and parents.”
— Peter Dobrin, Philly Inquirer Music Critic, regarding the documentary film “Crescendo! The Power of Music”

Proposed in the NYC Mayor’s Office, Harmony began as a pilot program in 2003. After Founder and Executive Director Anne Fitzgibbon was awarded a year long Fulbright Fellowship to work with the Venezuelan National System of Youth and Children’s Orchestras (El Sistema), she successfully brought the model and philosophy of El Sistema to New York City.

Partnered with The City University of New York, Harmony’s program adapts the El Sistema model to the unique needs of each community, teaching hundreds of New York children the fundamentals of music and instrumental playing, while involving their families in the educational process to guarantee that the child’s aspirations will be supported at home. The Harmony Program currently operates nine different sites which encompass students from a total of 42 schools.

The Foundation believes that the intellectual structure and discipline of music education is key to further academic achievement. We are proud to support Harmony and related programs like Education Through Music, and Third Street Music School.