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We believe that every child deserves access to quality music education! Music inspires children; it makes them stronger students; it fosters expression, self-confidence, creativity, and engagement. Music is a key part of a well-rounded education and a joyful childhood. For 26 years, Opus 118 has been dedicated to making quality music education affordable and available to the children of East Harlem.
Opus 118 Harlem School of Music ( www.Opus118.org ) provides high-quality music instruction in an environment that nurtures excellence and creativity. Students in the East Harlem community are served with tuition-free twice-weekly group violin instruction during regular school hours and subsidized private instruction for violin, viola, cello, guitar, and piano after school hours.
This organization was founded by the now-legendary Roberta Guaspari, whose fight for in-school music programs in East Harlem became the subject of a documentary ( Small Wonders) and a feature film (Music from the Heart). Roberta continues to work in East Harlem
Schools while actively training the next generation of teachers for Opus 118.