Midori & Friends
Founded in 1992 by world-renowned violinist Midori and a devoted board of directors, Midori & Friends provides high-quality music education programs to NYC students in Grades PreK-12 who have little or no access to the arts. We lead these programs in schools, community organizations, and hospitals across the boroughs of our city. With music, we spark young people’s creativity, ignite their imagination, boost their excitement about school, and nurture them as listeners and critical thinkers.
Our organization is known for two flagship programs that are offered both during and after school: 12 Notes, year-long sequential instruction in instrumental and vocal music provided by professional musicians of high caliber; and the Signature Concert & Workshop Series, performances by acclaimed ensembles in a wide range of genres, integrated with classroom workshops that culminate in student showcases. Both programs make it possible for young people to experience great music first-hand.
One of the hallmarks of Midori & Friends is our roster of collaborative, long-term school partnerships. Working closely with our partner principals and teachers, we create customized music programs that align with school-wide goals for arts learning and build pride throughout the school community. We currently partner with 40 schools and community organizations within 25 of New York City’s most underserved neighborhoods. Since our founding, M&F has enriched the lives of over 235,000 NYC students.