"Music is a more potent instrument than any other for education”.

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

Watch our video and learn more about what we do:

KEYS music students belong to a musical community:
KEYS provides private cello, piano, violin, viola, clarinet, flute, trumpet, saxophone, and guitar lessons and conducts group music lessons, both after-school and during the summer. KEYS runs a non-audition orchestra at the Klein Auditorium in Bridgeport for its strings students. On Saturday KEYS offers one-to-one lessons at the Klein Auditorium in the "KEYS at the Klein" (K@K) program.

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.  Volunteers are an important part of the KEYS community.


KEYS is dedicated to providing free quality music instruction:

From literacy preparation and academic achievement to performance ability and community building, music is about education. Music may be the reason a child stays in school. It teaches children how to excel and helps prepare them to be productive citizens. Music instruction should be a part of every child’s education -- all children deserve this opportunity.  Music instruction enhances academic achievement, develops important skills like goal-setting and organization, and builds self-esteem, qualities essential to breaking out of the cycle of poverty.


Education without music is incomplete:

Bridgeport’s public school children are deprived of a meaningful musical experience because of budget constraints. Even though it lies in the heart of affluent Fairfield County, Bridgeport schools have some of Connecticut’s poorest performing schools, so its children start out behind the curve, attending inadequate schools in a state with the country’s worst academic achievement gap, frequently living at or below the poverty line. Parents are unable to provide music lessons or instruments. KEYS helps through music instruction.


Four kids in a hallway:

Rob Silvan, a musician with over 35 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. Today, KEYS is working to meet this demand. A team of experienced professional music instructors, supported by excellent volunteers, give free private and group lessons to over 500 Bridgeport children.


KEYS partners with other non-profits:
KEYS has partnered with the Klein Auditorium in Bridgeport where the KEYS orchestra meets and where KEYS offers music lessons on Saturday mornings.  KEYS holds Saturday piano workshops at the Fairfield Theatre Company Studio in Fairfield, CT;  conducts classes for the Greens Farms Affiliate of Horizons which also serves Bridgeport students; and offers various summer programs in conjunction with the Lighthouse Program at Johnson and Beardsley Schools. KEYS supports the S.O.A.R. music camp along with Backcountry Jazz.

KEYS needs you!

KEYS, a 501(c)(3) organization, receives no government funding, and relies on donations, foundation grants and volunteers. 

KEYS needs:

            -  funding for teachers and instruments   
volunteers to work with children
            -  volunteers to host fundraising concerts
            -  donations of gently-used instruments