The short-term goals of JQOP are to give every child an engaging and fun musical experience, performance opportunities to develop confidence and self-efficacy, high levels of musical proficiency, and a passion for learning that transcends all subjects. JQOP will serve students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade (adding a grade level each year) to ensure that the following long-term impact goals can become a reality for all students:
Through years of intense study, students will achieve a level of music proficiency considered on par, if not better, than that of students who participate in more traditional music programs. JQOP graduates will have the required skills to audition for any college or university music school, including renowned conservatories and summer festivals. Through participation in many performances at high levels of proficiency, students will gain confidence and self-efficacy that will improve their resiliency and growth mindset.
Students will gain the necessary executive functions and social-emotional skills to succeed at school and in life. Every ensemble performs regularly, both at school and around Boston, thus giving students safe opportunities to take risks. These frequent “experiences of success” help students build their sense of self-efficacy and personal fulfillment. While traditional music programs focus on individual student success, JQOP trains students to work together as an ensemble to achieve greatness of sound. This focus on collaboration, rather than competition, fosters responsibility, sensitivity, leadership, and cooperative learning among children.
Students who participate in the program at the middle and high school levels will receive leadership training, and eventually teacher training, and be given the opportunity to work as paid Teaching Artists for the elementary school ensembles. This training includes how to be an active and responsive listener, take initiative instead of always waiting for direction, problem-solve with other students, and encourage others through critical and positive feedback. Students will learn the value of organization, planning, and punctuality. Students will graduate high school with work experience.
Children with a fixed mindset believe that intelligence is static. Conversely, students who believe that intelligence can be improved have a growth mindset, and are more likely to succeed academically. With the right kind of intervention, students can be switched from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset. JQOP teachers send positive growth mindset messages, thus helping students understand that just as their music proficiency can improve, so does their ability to learn.