About Us


ROCmusic is an El Sistema-inspired after-school and summer musical education program in Rochester, NY, that provides tuition-free classical music and instrument instruction to urban youth in the neighborhoods in which they live. A partnership between the Hochstein School of Music & Dance, Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester), Eastman Community Music School, Gateways Music FestivalCity of Rochester, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Rochester City School District.


ROCmusic is offered at 2 downtown Recreation locations:

Gantt R-Center // 700 North Street // Mon, Wed, & Fri 4-6pm // Grades 1-12 focus

Edgerton R-Center // 41 Backus Street // Tues & Thurs 4-6pm // Grades 2-5 focus

We are an innovative arts-outreach program that engages children and their families in the experience of making and appreciating classical music. The program is designed to instill a love of learning, responsibility, respect, and academic success, ultimately positively affecting social change in our students and the communities surrounding them.


Program Details

ROCmusic has three levels of training:

Readiness – Beginning general music instruction | introductory recorder instruments & "box-violin" lessons.

Concertino – Beginning to Intermediate | string-instrumental instruction, with small group-lessons.

Orchestra – Intermediate to Advanced | mixed-group string rehearsals, with solo lessons.