PATERSON, NJ - Learning an instrument and performing in public can empower and inspire children to build stronger communities. At least that’s the theory behind the Paterson Music Project, a program of the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts.

Now serving 300 elementary school students in five Paterson schools, the program offers children low-tuition musical training and the ability to learn a primary instrument such as a violin, cello, viola, clarinet, flute, trumpet or percussion. Students learn together and perform frequently for their schools and the community. The project also offers a Saturday Community Music Program which includes a city-wide orchestra, intergenerational choir, and an Afro-Fusion percussion ensemble.

Calling the event “a great opportunity to bring together our students and families from across the five schools that we serve in Paterson,” Elizabeth Moulthrop, Program Director, said that the event is perfect for families and a chance to get outside, listen to music, and have fun.

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Paterson residents and others that want to support or learn more about this program are invited to participate in a 5K fundraising walk on Sunday, October 22 at 11:00 a.m. at Garret Mountain located at 8 Mountain Avenue in Woodland Park. Registration for the event will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the boathouse. Entry fee is $15 for adults while children under 16 years old will be able to participate for free. All proceeds benefit the Paterson Music Project.

To find out more about the Paterson Music Project, visit www.patersonmusicproject.org.