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Project 440: Instruments for Success


Project 440’s Instruments for Success program is a valuable opportunity for high school students in grades 9-12 to gain comprehensive guidance and support in the college admissions and audition process. Over the course of ten weeks, participants will receive expert instruction from experienced college counselors and engage with guest speakers who offer insights into career paths related to music.

Students will explore topics such as selecting the right colleges, writing compelling college essays, preparing for auditions and interviews, navigating financial aid, and approaching standardized tests like the SAT and ACT. The program fosters a supportive environment where students can develop confidence, independence, and a deeper understanding of the opportunities available to them.

Additionally, Project 440 provides pizza during each class, and they accommodate dietary restrictions for students with lactose intolerance or other dietary needs. As part of the application process, Project 440 may reach out to an adult in the student’s life to provide them with an overview of the program.


• Students must be enrolled in high school and be in grades 9-12.
• Students need to complete the program’s application, including writing a paragraph (3-4 sentences) explaining why they want to be part of the course.
• Project 440 may request the contact information of an adult in the student’s life, such as a parent, teacher, coach, or trusted individual, to provide them with an overview of the Instruments for Success program.