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Phone: 215-233-3020
601 Bethlehem Pike
Fort Washington
Pennsylvania 19034

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Target demographics: The Academy seeks to provide all people, regardless of age or ability, the benefits of music instruction, and also makes it a priority to serve people challenged by physical or cognitive disability and economic disadvantage in the Greater Philadelphia area (including Philadelphia and Montgomery Counties).

Specifically, the Crescendo Music Program, our largest outreach initiative, targets preschool children at risk, aged 3-5. Our Forte and Musical PathWays programs currently serves elementary, middle, and high school students, providing music instruction to those who would not otherwise have the opportunity. The Harmony Program is designed to meet the needs of older adults in senior centers, as well as adults with disabilities in group homes and community centers.

Direct beneficiaries per year: The Academy brings the benefits of music to on average 3,500 people each year.

Geographic areas served: Greater Philadelphia area, specifically Philadelphia and Montgomery County

Programs: Crescendo Music Program: helps preschool children at risk grow more capable and confident through music. Our music therapists visit shelters, daycares, Head Start and Early Intervention Centers throughout the Greater Philadelphia area to deliver a weekly music curriculum designed to improve fundamental cognitive, motor and social skills.

Forte: has served up to over 600 elementary, middle, and high school students per year in 25 regional locations, providing rewarding experiences through after-school music enrichment, musical instruction and summer camp programs.

Musical PathWays: an outreach initiative dedicated to fulfilling America’s Promise by providing instrumental group lessons to school-age children, with a special emphasis on children and families challenged by disabilities and disadvantage.

Harmony: designed to meet the needs of older adults in senior centers, as well as adults with disabilities in group homes and community centers throughout the Greater Philadelphia area.

Family Music Services: We have 30 music teachers, all who have degrees in music and extensive experience teaching people of all ages. We provide music lessons in piano, violin, viola, cello, upright bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, guitar, and harp, as well as voice and individual music therapy. Each year, we serve approximately 200 students and our Grand Concert Weekends offers recital opportunities for our students twice per year. In addition, we provide Family Music classes for children 1-6 years old and their parents.

The Academy's mission is to:

• Seek not only to develop musical promise, but to develop human potential through music

• Commit to serving people who face the challenges of cognitive and physical disability, aging, and economic disadvantage

• Use music to strengthen families and communities by involving parents in the development of their own children and by reaching out to people in their own neighborhoods
Since its inception in 1985, the Crescendo Music Program has served over 25,000 families and children at risk in the Greater Philadelphia area.

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I recently enrolled my 3 (almost 4) year old daughter in piano lessons at the Academy. The enrollment process was simple and the office staff was pleasant to work with. When I brought my daughter for her first lesson, I wasn't sure how she would do focusing for 30 minutes, since she's only 3 and ... more »
My son is currently taking piano lessons at the school. I am thrilled with how the teachers interact with the young children during lessons. The teachers enthusiasm makes learning fun... more »
Our first introduction to this organization was as a birthday gift for my 2 year old granddaughter. She was enrolled in the Family Music classes, and from there started private piano lessons. She was with the organization until she left for college. I was so impressed with the organization and ... more »
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