Offering free music education with dedicated Mentors to under-served communities
Enabling students to live out their dreams
Through education, compassion, support and accountability
ArtSmart aims to reach every child in need of a good arts education. No student should be left behind. With your help, we can deliver our services across the country.
All children deserve the opportunity to excel in the Arts. Since many schools are cutting music programs due to budget constraints, ArtSmart is stepping up to deliver professional music education to these under-served students.
Success in the Arts is proven to inspire success in other pursuits. Students who study music achieve better attendance, engagement, grades and mental health. The benefits of Arts education go well beyond the music room.
Our students don’t stop at mere participation. By working with our accomplished Mentors, they strive for excellence. The ArtSmart program provides 1-on-1 lessons so students can achieve a high level of musicianship and become leaders in their field of choice.
In September 2016, ArtSmart began its pilot program at Newark East Side High School in Newark, NJ. We are thrilled to have partnered with Newark East Side as we embark on this mega-journey to revolutionize music education in the US. Starting with 12 students, our Mentors are providing weekly voice lessons to remarkable students who would otherwise be unable to afford professional music lessons.
ArtSmart is honored to have been received with such open arms by Newark East Side HS, its faculty, administration, students and community. It has been a truly collaborative effort between the school and ArtSmart to bring our program to a group of students who couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity. Using the experience and lessons learned from our deployment at Newark, we were able to expand our program to more students and more schools this year, and will continue to do so in the next.
Tom Mulder has a unique perspective about the growth of the ArtSmart student body as a whole, as he has been a part of ArtSmart since its beginnings as a mentor and as Director of Operations. Rea
Mentor Scott Purcell has pursued a wonderful singing and teaching career. However his first mentors weren’t singers, but conductors. Read on to see how he was inspired as a young child to pursue
ArtSmart mentor Lucas De Jesus has forged his own path as a musician, pursuing work in the field of vocal ensembles. His education, experience and unique journey are incredibly inspiring. He is a shin
Percent more likely to graduate when a student studies music. (NAME, 2015)
Points higher performance on the SAT when students participate in music programs. (MENC, 2002)
Percent higher academic test scores by musical high school students over non-musical students (Nature, 1996)
Percent of Americans who believe that music is a key component in a well-rounded education. (Gallup, 2003)
The arts are central to who we are as a people, and they are central to the success of our kids. This is not an afterthought. This is not something you do because it’s nice to do. It is necessary for these young people to succeed that we promote the arts.”
Music education lays the foundation for individual excellence in group settings, creative problem solving, and flexibility in work situations.
Music is awesome. It’s human. It’s universal. It’s big business precisely because it is something that everybody wants.
"Teenagers may use musical experiences to form friendships, and to set themselves apart from parents and younger kids."
"We are just beginning to understand the positive effects of making music on our bodies and our physical health.”