The Latin Music Project Ensemble is a student ensemble that has performed on many different stages throughout the City of Chicago – from the Harris Theater and Navy Pier to large-scale festivals and community block parties.
The Latin Music Project School Program consists of two community initiatives; one is held at the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance Latin Music Project Center; the other works in partnership with the Chicago Public Schools. It is our goal to provide youth and children of color the opportunity to access affordable music classes and be trained to become the next generation of professional musicians for classical and other pop music orchestras.
Our after-school classes engage students in learning how to play the Cuatro which is a midsized guitar prominent in Latin music, guitar, and violin. Participants also learn how to read music, play traditional Latin American songs, and perform in group settings. Beginning and Intermediate classes are held at our Latin Music Project Center and at selected school sites. Student participants generally range between 8–18 years old.
The LMP carefully coordinates music content standards with our Chicago Public Schools (CPS) partner sites, universities, and distinguished music educators from the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico to ensure an equitable, congruent, and coherent alignment with every student’s music education and academic progress – this results in reducing, or eliminating, barriers to a quality music education and provides readily accessible music resources to all students.