Cali Pathways Project

The Cali School of Music at Montclair State University aims to create dynamic and comprehensive pathways to higher education and careers in music 

For Talented Student Musicians from Under-represented Backgrounds.

Goal

Identify young motivated students and assist them in breaking down the barriers that may otherwise preclude them from achieving their full musical potential.

Through the generosity of our donors, the Cali School will ensure that these students have the educational
and musical resources to advance their goals.

This support may include:

  • Acquisition of a musical instrument
  • Private instruction
  • Masterclasses and workshops
  • Mentoring
  • Tuition aid to summer camps
  • On campus activities at MSU
  • Travel expenses to and from instruction
  • Full tuition remission to the Cali School of Music

Nominate

To become a CPP Young Artist, a student should:

  • Be a rising 9-12th grader with an aptitude for and dedication to music (any instrument or voice type).
  • Preferably intend to be a music performance or music education major in college. Identify as belonging to a demographic group historically underrepresented in classical music, such as African-American, Latinx, American Indian, Alaskan Native, and/or South Asian and Pacific Islander. Students who are not part of one of those ethnic groups may also qualify if their family is low-income or will be the first in their family to attend college.
  • Be nominated by their school music teacher or ensemble director.
  • Live in New Jersey or New York-metro area.
Nominate a Student

For more information:
Email Tomoko Fujita, Cali Pathways Project Coordinator, at fujitat@montclair.edu

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 OUR VISION

About Cali Pathways Project

The Cali School of Music at Montclair State University aims to create dynamic and comprehensive pathways to higher education and careers in music for talented student musicians from underrepresented backgrounds.

It is a well documented fact that students from underrepresented backgrounds comprise less than 3% of school of music populations seeking higher education degrees.  This is a systemic access and equity issue at the PreK-12 levels, which a project like CALI PATHWAYS aims to address. Our goal is to bring about change by transforming the lives of young people and making the music world more inclusive.

 

Our Mission

How Will We Achieve Change

CALI PATHWAYS PROJECT is determined to overcome the barriers that can prevent underserved students from realizing their full musical potential, allowing them to pursue a career in music if they so choose. By providing a suitable instrument, access to high-level instruction, extra-curricular opportunities, and more, all at no cost – students from underserved backgrounds will benefit from the mentorship of Cali School Faculty & Alumni to receive all that the School of Music has to offer. Starting in their freshman year of high school, access to these resources and instruction will prepare students for the demands of higher education, with the hope that the PATHWAYS project can serve to bring a diverse student cohort to the Cali School of Music.

 

Our Need

We Cannot Succeed Without You

Our aspirations are lofty. Music education must serve as an equalizer, as a moral imperative based in social justice and equity. To succeed in the noble endeavor, we need you.

We invite you to join us in addressing this important issue and ask that you consider making a gift in support of the CALI PATHWAYS PROJECT. Your gift will make the difference in the lives of these future musicians.

 

An Invitation for Investment

Below are opportunities that will make a lasting impact:

  • $25,000 ensures one year’s tuition and room and board at Montclair State University
  • $15,000 ensures one year’s tuition at Montclair State University
  • $7,500 ensures one semester tuition free at Montclair State University
  • $5,000 will provide a student with one year of private instruction or the unique opportunity of a summer camp or festival immersive musical experience
  • $2,500 will provide an instrument that will take a student to and through college years and beyond
  • $1,000 will facilitate a student’s travel to/from music instruction

 

For additional information about giving to the Pathways Project,
please contact Helene Barsamian, Director of Development at 973-655-3440 or barsamianh@montclair.edu

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Conclusion

Our Future Together

The 2019 article titled “Diversity Will Save Classical Music, and it Starts with Music Education,” points to the fact that over time, classical music lost its popular cultural appeal through the development of an elitist label, and increasingly white performers and audiences. Author, Fred Bronstein – Dean of the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins – concludes this statement with a rallying cry for diversity in everything music related, starting with music education. Not as “the right thing to do,” but as “an existential question.” 

CALI PATHWAYS PROJECT invites you on this journey to witness and, through your support, be an active participant in the survival of this universal language through a music diversification breakthrough.

FAQs

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Who is eligible for the Cali Pathways Project?

We are seeking rising 9th-12th graders who live in New Jersey or the New York-metro area with an aptitude and dedication for music, and preferably an intention of studying music performance or music education in college. These students should identify as belonging to a demographic group historically underrepresented in classical music, such as African-American, Latinx, American Indian, Alaskan Native, and/or South Asian and Pacific Islander. Students who are not part of one of those ethnic groups may also qualify if their family is low-income or will be the first in their family to attend college.

 

How does one apply for the Cali Pathways Project?

Students must be nominated by their school music teacher or ensemble director using this form on our website. Once nominated, selected students will be invited for an audition and interview.

 

What instruments are included in the Cali Pathways Project?

We will accept nominations for all instruments and voice types offered at The Cali School. More information about majors here.

 

How are students supported through their pathway?

A Personalized Support Plan will be developed and adjusted yearly to assist students on their pathway towards acceptance to one of our programs at the Cali School of Music or other 4-year institutions of higher education. This may include financial, musical, academic, and social support.

 

What is expected of students in the Cali Pathways Project?

Student progress will be monitored through multiple check-ins, performances in masterclasses, and in our Spring Showcase. Students will be expected to attend concerts and other events on campus at Montclair State (about once a month during the school year). Meeting performance and participation benchmarks are a condition for remaining in the program. Parental/caregiver involvement in the development of the Personalized Support Plan and parental/caregiver attendance at other CPP events is highly encouraged but not required.

 

Are students required to study with a certain teacher?

No. If a student is accepted into the program and already has a private teacher, it is only part of Cali Pathway Project’s policy to support and enhance that relationship and all other commitments (youth bands/orchestras, school music programs) that student may have prior to entering our Program.

For more information:
Email Tomoko Fujita, Cali Pathways Project Coordinator, at fujitat@montclair.edu

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