Community Partnerships

The Philharmonic Music School’s partners include after-school programs, housing authorities, community centers and social service agencies. In addition to offering sequential instruction on a wide variety of instruments, the Music School provides teachers for music appreciation, world music, and music technology classes. We also collaborate with schools to create unique classroom residencies that connect music and the arts to academic subjects.

Arts Talk

Collaboration with the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts (RISCA), the RISD Museum , and Trinity Repertory Theatre to assist vocational and technical high schools in implementing arts-integrated curricula.

Autism Project

Music Therapy classes for kids from the Autism Project with curriculum designed by RI Philharmonic Music School music therapy faculty. Launched in 2011. Click HERE to watch a short video about the program courtesy of the CVS Caremark Charity Trust.


Collaboration with Building a Community of Learning in Retirement (BCLIR) and Rhode Island Chamber Music Concerts (RICMC) to offer an extension class on the repertoire programmed by both the Philharmonic and RICMC during their regular seasons.

Blackstone Academy

Partnership provides weekly, in-school music classes on theory and keyboard proficiency; past offerings have included Latin percussion as well.

Bradley Hospital School

Collaboration with the Bradley Hospital School began in April 2011, providing music therapy classes for middle school students served by Bradley Hospitals – either at the hospital location in East Providence or through satellite programs in the East Providence Public Schools. Program has expanded to include classes at Bradley Hospital locations in Portsmouth, South County, and Westerly (in addition to the East Providence Hospital and Public School locations).

La Salle Academy

Band and Orchestra sectional rehearsals provided during the school day by RI Philharmonic Orchestra Musicians and Music School Faculty.

Providence Country Day School

Providence Country Day (PCD) Upper and Middle School students take individual lessons with Music School faculty, and use Philharmonic facilities throughout the school day for classes and ensemble practice space. PCD instrumental musicians also present performances at the Philharmonic Music School.
Call (401) 438-5170 or visit PCD's website.

PUMP (Pawtucket Urban Music Project)/Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing Arts

Program for at-risk youth was established in 2001 in the Pawtucket Housing Authority through a Creative Communities Grant. Has transitioned twice since inception: first to the Pawtucket Boys & Girls Club; later to the Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing Arts & Jenks Middle School (both schools housed in one facility). Program is currently providing private voice instruction and instrumental sectional rehearsals at both schools.

Wheeler Conservatory

The Philharmonic Music School provides private lessons in drums, guitar, recorder & piano for Wheeler students on the Wheeler campus, Monday through Friday from 3pm to 5:30pm. For more information, please contact the Music School at 401.248.7001 or visit the Wheeler Conservatory Page.

We continually review and evaluate new ideas for partnerships. For more information about partnering with the Music School to provide music education and performance opportunities to your organization, contact Jackie Pina at 401.248.7008 or [email protected]