We are educators, mentors, working musicians.

Since 1988, we have provided community-based moments 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.


Our Mission

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

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

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.

our programs

Trenton Music Makers Orchestra

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The Trenton Music Makers Orchestra brings together youth from 2nd grade through high school into one community orchestra. We are inspired by the “El Sistema” vision, which promotes equity through accessible classical music education. In 2015, we started a pilot program for 3rd & 4th graders with 30 violinist. In 2018-19, we expect to engage 125 young people. 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!

trenton makes - WORDS!

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Trenton Makes - WORDS! is a free vocabulary program that helps to prepare children aged 0-5 for kindergarten. Sessions support engagement between children and their parents/caregivers through themes based on cultural traditions, science, music and art. All programs encourage families to use fun, easy learning activities in their everyday lives. Read on!


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