Hope Academy of Music and the Arts – Founded in 1999 to bring arts to children and youth in our community, Hope Academy of Music and the Arts offers a safe place where young people of diverse ethnic, economic, and religious backgrounds can further their personal and artistic growth through the study and performance of theater, dance and music.

Music Discovery is a new Kodaly-based music and movement class for five and six year olds. This program will use multicultural folk songs, musical games, creative movement and simple percussion instruments to give students a solid foundation in musical concepts. In this holistic, process–oriented class, students will naturally develop their first instrument – the voice/body. Parents will join the students for the last ten minutes of class, providing an opportunity to experience the fun of creating music together. This class will prepare students for future instrumental or choral studies.

“I am excited to work with Hope Academy because it’s been an amazing center for youth and young artists for almost 15 years now, and to be partnered with them says a lot about the quality of the program of the Pittsburgh School for the Choral Arts (PSCA). This new class is a great asset for us at PSCA because it has the potential to reach students who might not otherwise hear about our choir programs, and it creates a path for them to join. We hope that it will also be an asset for Hope Academy, and even for those who might not be interested in our choral program, because it will provide music fundamentals that benefit any sort of artistic path. We hope our partnership with Hope Academy will grow, and it is a huge privilege for me to be the bridge between these two organizations.” – Emily Swora, outreach educator