513 W Front Street, Burlington NC 27215 ymofa1@gmail.com 336-524-6764

About YMA

Young Musicians of Alamance is located at:  513 West Front Street, Burlington, North Carolina, 27215

We are housed in the First Reformed United Church of Christ – sponsored and housed as a secular program.  

Young Musicians of Alamance Mission Statement

We will provide a safe and nurturing environment where children will develop musical, social, and academic skills, enabling them to explore limitless opportunities. Our goals are to:

  •  improve the life trajectories of students,
  • encourage pride and hope for their families, and
  • foster good citizens for the greater community.

YMA Vision

Offering children a pathway for character and leadership development through equitable access to music education.

About the Program

Young Musicians of Alamance is a music instruction program that offers ensemble instrumental and general music instruction to at-risk elementary, middle and high school students.  Most of these students attend schools where 85% or more students qualify for free lunch.  Qualified music teachers provide after school and Saturday lessons.  Instruments are loaned to students so they may practice regularly.  These benefits are offered at a fraction of actual costs, to children who otherwise would have little opportunity for this kind of instruction. Students receive six hours of instruction during the week.  They receive healthy after school snacks and a hot lunch on Saturdays. 

In addition to music instruction, Young Musicians of Alamance focuses on important social values such as respect for self and others, sharing of assistance and resources, mutual support and caring, self-discipline, and hard work.

The opportunity for educational enrichment in a safe and nurturing environment promises greater readiness for school among young children in low-income communities. Music is one way to counter some of the life-long disadvantages that are the result of a lack of economic stability, helping develop a positive sense of self and community, and empowering students. For instance, frequent performances of small ensembles and combined orchestral groups help develop pride and self-confidence in our students.  Studies indicate that the earlier children – especially low-income children – are provided with music education, the greater the impact or benefit.

Young Musicians of Alamance is a proud member of El Sistema USA

About El Sistema

El Sistema USA supports a nationwide alliance of El Sistema-inspired organizations. 

ESUSA’s diverse membership across the United States represents programs that serve some of the most vulnerable communities and children throughout the country. We aim to provide connections to knowledge and innovation, advocacy, and leadership development for program directors, teaching artists, students, and volunteers. Members collaborate to share resources, values, aspirations, and advocacy efforts. ESUSA serves three major purposes: strengthening existing nucléos through capacity development and research, encouraging the formation of new nucléos through providing resources, connections and training, and building awareness of El Sistema at large throughout the United States.

The members of ESUSA envision a world where every child has access to music through intensive ensemble training and performance to promote positive youth development and thriving communities.

Our Mission:

To support and grow a nationwide movement of programs inspired by El Sistema to effect social change through music for children with the fewest resources and the greatest need.

Our Vision:

El Sistema USA supports El Sistema-inspired organizations to provide music education to underserved youth, developing the essential life skills and habits of mind they need to lead successful lives. Our vision is to be:

  • The driving force behind El Sistema as a model that is nationally recognized as a validated intervention for youth empowerment and development through music education.
  • Music programs that are reflective of many music disciplines led by a majority of leaders representative of their communities.
  • Serving under-advantaged children from every state in the nation.
  • Represented in all states that have El Sistema-inspired programs (rural and urban).
  • An advocate in the national landscape of music education as a youth empowerment model, which leads to deep relationships in local and national public education systems, increased public and private investment, and increased political support for music education.
  • Strongly connected to the broader global movement of El Sistema.

Our Core Values:

  • Equity: we believe all kids have the right to reach their full potential
  • Empowerment: we are committed to helping organizations deliver on this promise
  • Excellence: we hold ourselves, our member organizations, and our educational values to the highest standards
  • Impact: we measure the impact of our work and consistently drive to improve
  • Sustainability: we are committed to sustaining this work, by strengthening our movement and our member organizations
  • Joy: we believe in strengthening the spirit in all that we do
  • Community: we encourage collaboration and community building at all levels of our organization.

Sistema Website Links:




Two additional El Sistema-modeled organizations operate in North Carolina:

KidzNotes serving Durham and Raleigh, NC  http://www.kidznotes.org

MusicWorks!A program of the Asheville, NC, Symphony Orchestra  http://www.musicworksasheville.org/


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