PATERSON, NJ- More than 50 participants and families of the Paterson Music Project (PMP) were treated to a performance by the People of Earth, a music ensemble that blends music typically found in Brazil, Cuba, Puerto Rico and beyond, at the Community Charter School of Paterson’s (CCSP) Winter Festival.

“Saturday’s performance was an incredible opportunity for the PMP students and families from CCSP to see and learn from experienced musicians. I think it was inspiring for our young musicians to hear such high level musicians up close. Experiences like this help young students realize their own potential as burgeoning musicians,” stated PMP Program Director Elizabeth Moulthrop. “The diverse world music repertoire of People of Earth also resonates with the diverse backgrounds of the students in our program. Students, parents, and teachers were up on their feet moving, singing, and dancing together as a community, and at the end of the day, bringing people together is what it’s all about.”

Now serving 300 elementary school students in five Paterson schools, the Paterson Music Project 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.