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Q the Music

Learning, Creating, Performing

Q the Music is a daily after-school string orchestra program that supports the musical, academic and social growth of at-promise youth in the Dayton community. Located at Ruskin Elementary, students in grades 3 through 6 receive academic tutoring; take group lessons in violin, viola and cello; and participate in string orchestra rehearsals.

More Than Notes—The Benefits of Music Education

  • Brain development for language, reasoning and spatial awareness
  • Focus, concentration and attention
  • Q the Music students averaged a 91% passing rate on the state reading test.
  • Discipline, teamwork, responsibility and integrity
  • Respect, empathy and caring for others
  • Q the Music kids demonstrate the Core Values of the project:
    Respect – Responsibility – Teamwork 
  • New worlds of sound, beauty and joy  
  • Poise, self-confidence and a sense of belonging
  • Q the Music kids present regular concerts throughout the year in their school and in the community.

How You Can Help
  • Volunteer once a week as a mentor or classroom assistant.
  • Provide an instrument donation.
  • Make a financial donation for program support.
  • Attend concerts and support our work among family and friends.

To learn more, visit our website at and follow our activities on Facebook at Dayton Philharmonic Q the Music.
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