HYS Melody Program

In the community, the Houston Youth Symphony Melody Program provides free private lesson instruction for economically disadvantaged musicians in grades two through 12. The program is led by a roster of skilled musicians and is presented in targeted schools in Houston ISD's Davis High School feeder system and at KIPP SHARP and KIPP Sharpstown College Preparatory schools. More than 60 talented and motivated students recommended by their classroom music instructors received weekly 30 to 60 minute instruction after school in violin, viola, cello and trumpet, culminating in a year-end recital. The goal of the program is to create access to private instruction so that young musicians from economically disadvantaged situations are given every opportunity to develop their skills beyond the classroom. Since its inception in 2005, the HYS Melody Program has provided approximately 4,000 hours of private instruction to 270 students, many of whom have participated in the program for multiple years.