12 Notes

In a 12 Notes residency, students in Grades 3-12  learn to play instruments or sing, both during and after school from September-June. Our Talented Teaching Artists provide high-quality instruction on woodwinds, brass, percussion, guitar, strings and voice. Each student receives an instrument to bring home for practice, a method book and a M&F Guidebook that outlines musical terms, skills and invites self-reflection.

  • Instills core life values such as joy, perseverance and collaboration
  • Engenders school pride and strengthens a sense of community
  • Develops schools’ capacity for sustainable music programs
  • Works together with school leadership to customize all program elements, as well as assess the impact and student progress
  • Ensures sequential instrument instruction

M&F offers opportunities for advanced students to further their musical acumen. Advanced students can participate in after-school bands, ensembles and choruses to elevate their musicianship and collaborative skills.

12 Notes For Early Learners

For our youngest students in grades Pre-K through 2, 12 Notes for Early Learners introduces children to the joy of music making. Students sing, dance, play hand percussion instruments, learn lyrics in foreign languages and perform in ensembles.


All students from our instrument instruction programs are showcased in culminating recitals at their respective schools or sites. Across the city, young instrumentalists and vocalists take the stage, many for the first time, and share what they have learned with their entire community.

Our Students:

  • Celebrate their musical learning and achievements
  • Work toward culminating event to experience a sense of accomplishment
  • Collaborate with peers and professional artists
  • Express and inspire pride in their communities
  • Share musical learning with family and friends


MusicINC deepens M&F impact by inviting our students to pursue their musical studies from Elementary through High School. Launched in 2016, M&F is dedicated to identifying the natural middle and high school where a strong number of our elementary students feed into and targets expansion there to support our current students, as well as connect to new students.