"Our kids' lives are transformed," said Roy Niederhoffer, Chairman of the Harmony Program's Board. "They not only learn an incredible skill which enriches their lives, they also learn the value of hard work and persistence. Music education seems to improve young minds as well -- research shows that kids who receive intensive music lessons do better on cognitive tasks like spatial reasoning, math and reading."
The Harmony Program started as a pilot program in the New York City Mayor's Office in 2003. It incorporated the following year as a non-profit organization. By 2008, it was re-launched with the present model, highlighting intensive instruction, ensemble performance and teacher training.