We are educators, mentors, working musicians.

Since 1998, we have provided Trenton-based opportunities for young people to learn and play music together. Our work supports school readiness, builds leadership, and reinforces family connections - all while instilling confidence, awareness, and artistry. 

We bring children together in teams of music learners and makers, to develop their minds, imagination, and community.

what we believe

  • Building musicianship also builds great students and citizens.

  • Our role is to provide resources and to remove barriers.

  • Teachers, families, and music lovers all have vital parts to play in supporting young musicians.

  • Respect and responsibility are a cycle, building itself as it revolves.

  • Leaders show their strength when they support others.

  • Striving for excellence together is as important as achieving it.

  • We have more to offer as a team when we look and speak differently from each other.

  • Our children are our community's greatest asset.

The impact the music program is having on our students is immeasurable! My students who would usually sit quietly began taking on more leadership and became vocal during group assignments. Students that occasionally struggled to focus have shown strict discipline and detail when completing tasks in class.
— April Reid, Fourth Grade Teacher at Grant Elementary

our programs

Trenton Music Makers Orchestra

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The Trenton Music Makers Orchestra brings together young people from second grade through high school into one community orchestra. As part of the El Sistema movement in the United States, we use music as a platform for social change. We meet 3-4 days per week after school on four school sites, including pre-orchestra for second graders, ensembles for third-fifth and sixth-eighth graders, and a string sectional for high schoolers. Read on!

music for the very young

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Music for the Very Young: Music, Movement and Literacy provides Trenton’s pre-K children with a joyful and interesting first music education experience. The program weaves music, movement and reading basics into the fabric of the preschool day, trains preschool teachers in creating a musical classroom, and engages children's families in their learning. Read on!


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