RocMusic an Exemplary Community Collaborative

ROCmusic Collaborative is an innovative outreach and education program that will engage children and their families in the experience of music making and music appreciation. It is inspired by Venezuela’s El Sistema program to instill a love of lifelong learning and academic success. 

ROCmusic Collaborative partners and lead agencies are the: City of Rochester; Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester); Eastman Community Music School; Hochstein School of Music & Dance; Rochester City School District; Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.rocmusic logo 

The ROCmusic Collaborative program operates three days per week during the school year at the David F. Gantt R-Center. 

General music group instruction is offered to at least 20 children between the ages of 5 and 8. Group string instruction, practice time and practice space will be offered to at least 20 children between the ages 9 of 18.  Families are invited to engage in program open houses and neighborhood performances.

Children residing in the City of Rochester are eligible to apply. Children will need to maintain good attendance both in school and in the ROCmusic Collaborative program. 

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 Summer 2017, ROCmusic offers two new opportunities to get musical at David F. Gantt R-Center!
ROCmusic camps are free and open to city kids age 6-18, who have prior musical training, are currently enrolled ROCmusic students, or have already play a bowed-stringed instrument. Applications are available online at  

ROCmusic Summer Strings Camp, June 26 – July 1 and August 7 - 13
At this camp, youth ages 6 – 18 develop skills by learning folk music from around the world on the violin, viola, cello, bass, and Appalachian Dulcimer! Kids will learn lyrics, bass lines, melodies, harmony, and accompaniments.


The ROCmusic Collaborative program has received a generous gift from the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation in the amount of $100,000. The grant, awarded to the Hochstein School on behalf of the ROCmusic Collaborative Partnership, will fund a program director, a general music teacher and string teachers.  The grant will also fund the infrastructure and build capacity for the program such as purchase of sheet music, music books, musical instruments, start-up office materials, daily program supplies and student snacks and parent information materials.

In conjunction with this funding, the City of Rochester received a $100,000 donation from the Windstream Corporation to fund a computer lab and an adjacent music production studio at the Gantt Center. 



For more information, download a ROCmusic Collaborative brochure or visit