The philosophy of UpBeat NYC is that all children are innately musical and the study of music inspires discipline, teamwork, social/emotional growth, and a culture of constant learning. In service to this philosophy, UpBeat provides high-quality, long-term music training via year-round music classes and orchestra programs for ages 5-18 in the South Bronx.
- UpBeat operates year-round, five days per week, with an enrollment of 150 students and 18 staff and volunteer instructors.
- The UpBeat Youth Orchestra gave over 20 public performances in NYC last season.
- UpBeat’s Youth Orchestra made history in the summer of 2015 when it became the first U.S. El Sistema-inspired orchestra to travel to Venezuela to study and perform with instructors and students of El Sistema.