Mission Statement

The William Paterson University Music After School (MAS) Program is a dual-mentorship music education program that provides music enrichment for children from the Paterson Public Schools and professional opportunities for the university’s music students. A partnership between the Music Department at William Paterson University and the Paterson Public Schools Department of Fine and Performing Arts, MAS exemplifies the WPU Music Department’s commitment to professionalism in performance, teaching, scholarship and creative activity, and community service.

Project Goal: Enrich instrumental music achievement and school success for PPS instrumental music students grades 4-8.

Project Outcomes:

For PPS Instrumental Music program for students in grades 4-8

  1. Increase instrumental music achievement
  2. Provide a positive activity for PPS students during after-school hours.
  3. Increase performance opportunities.
  4. Confirm connections between instrumental music and school achievement
  5. Inspire college-bound aspirations through connections with and visit to William Paterson University
  6. University

For William Paterson University

  1. Expand the University’s commitment to multiculturalism and community outreach
  2. Offer meaningful service and professional opportunities for music faculty and students

For Hishmeh Foundation

  1. Provide music-oriented outreach to deserving students
  2. Increase music achievement
  3. Create a positive impact on school performance