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Our Mission:

Life Skills

Teaching Life Skills Through Music.


Our Mission

Music and the arts are a natural teacher for many of the life skills and habits of mind that make us successful in life. Children who learn music develop a set of skills that serve them for the entire lifespan:

Confidence, Commitment, Communication skills, Creativity, Collaboration

Passion, Problem-solving, Physical dexterity, Perseverance

Focus, Finesse, and FUN!

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Our Impact

Music touches the soul, enables us to learn through our senses, and lifts our spirits.  Sultry melodies and driving beats inspire our bodies to motion. The benefits of a comprehensive music education should be made available for all and not just a privileged few. In the spirit of El Sistema, we Sing, we Play, and we Strive!



children SERVED

Since MusicWorks began in 2014, more than 225 students have participated: Learning life skills, inspiring creativity, developing personal responsibility, building self esteem and promoting teamwork.



Students Reading at or Above Grade Level

Students participating in MW consistently score higher than their peers in reading. Students with academic success go on to bright futures and build strong communities



participating schools

MusicWorks now serves students from three Asheville City Schools:

Hall Fletcher Elementary, Asheville Primary School and Vance Elementary School.


Our Program

In the spirit of El Sistema we enrich the lives of our students and community through our intensive music program. Our multi-pronged approach helps to develop healthy minds and bodies working in concert together. Below are some of the key building blocks of our program.


Academic Enrichment

Our specialists, certified teachers, work with students to complete homework and to develop skills in reading and math. We take pride in working together with classroom teachers to meet the needs of each student.


Students have the chance to exercise, to get out the wiggles out, to enjoy cooperative games like soccer, kickball, and basketball each afternoon.

Healthy Snack

Hall Fletcher provides us with a daily snack. Parents often supplement with donations of fresh fruits and vegetables. Several times a month, special guest artists join us for snack to demonstrate their skills and talents on various instruments. 

Music Instruction

Students work with master musicians and music educators in the areas of rhythm (bucket band), music theory (musicianship), singing (choir), and instrumental music (strings, winds, percussion). We schedule full orchestra, sectional, and individual rehearsals each week.

Social and Emotional Intelligence

We use research based methods to teach social and emotional intelligence skills designed to help students develop skills for both academic and social success. We work tireless to ensure that MW! students learn self-regulation and executive function skills that help them pay attention, remember directions, control their behavior, making friends, manage emotions, and solve problems. For more on how we do this, see here.



With each MW performance, the children improve at playing; it fills them with self confidence and reinforces the need for teamwork, which can only be an important skill that they can use later in life. MusicWorks, and the benefits that it's brought to my daughters lives is invaluable.

Dianna, mom of Analise and Clarissa



Get Involved

Community is core to our program. From volunteers to donors, students to parents, staff to board members, together we are working diligently to nurture our future leaders, musicians and community members. Your help matters.


Sign Up For a Program

Interested in enrolling your child in Musicworks? Sign up today and secure your spot.

Volunteer opportunities

Volunteers like you help make our program possible and ensure the success of our children.

Make a Donation

Your generous donation helps to make our program accessible to all of our vibrant and diverse community families.