KEYS' mission is to bring one-to-one instrument lessons and group music instruction to underserved inner-city children in Bridgeport, CT who have no other access to this empowering
life experience.




  

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KEYS has built a musical community in Bridgeport, CT:
KEYS offers a first-class musical experience for students with our comprehensive music program of instrument lessons (“Music for Life”), after-school practice sessions, group music instruction and workshops, a non-audition KEYS Orchestra and KEYS Band at Bridgeport’s Klein Auditorium, and summer programs that allow for year-round continuity of lessons. 

Our “Music for Life” lessons program provides one-to-one instrument lessons taught by trained and experienced instructors to children whose families do not have the means to pay for music instruction.


KEYS offers free, quality music instruction: 
Music changes lives! And KEYS believes that every child should have the opportunity and access to study an instrument.  Research shows that music instrument instruction enhances fine motor skills, improves recall and retention of verbal information, advances math achievement, improves average SAT scores, and strengthens perseverance. Moreover, students who study the arts have higher academic achievement and tend toward greater civic and social involvement. 


KEYS provides opportunities that change lives:
Bridgeport’s school children may be deprived of a meaningful musical experience because of budget constraints. Even though it lies in the heart of affluent Fairfield County, Bridgeport has some of Connecticut’s poorest performing schools, so its children start out behind the curve, in a state with one of the country’s worst academic achievement gaps. KEYS provides mentors, role models, teachers, and a means for its students to develop intellectually, culturally, and socially. Music teaches them to believe in themselves, be part of a team, and gives them a reason to stay in school. 


KEYS started with 4 students in a hallway:
Rob Silvan, a musician with over 40 years of experience, started teaching four Bridgeport children at Columbus School in 2004. The school lacked a piano and music room, so he taught his students in a hallway on his keyboard. The demand by other children for music lessons was immediate. KEYS now reaches over 600 students a year across 18 Bridgeport schools, through our individual and group programs, and partnerships with other non-profits.



KEYS partners with other non-profits:

KEYS collaborates with several non-profit organizations to deliver music programs, including the Klein Auditorium, the Suzuki Music Schools of Westport and Orange, Horizons (at Greens Farms Academy and Sacred Heart University), the Fairfield Theatre Company, Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras, and Back Country Jazz.