Hopewell began in 2012 when two Northside music teachers shared a frustration over the diminishing access to music education. In turn, these teachers opened up the only comprehensive music school in North Minneapolis. The Ensemble Program was subsequently developed in 2013 to accommodate our students’ desire for ensemble playing as there were no community ensembles in North Minneapolis. At the end of 2012, 50 students were enrolled in music lessons, and in the first year of the ensemble program 6 members participated. By 2019, Hopewell Music engaged over 700 students and community members through 160 weekly private lessons, six multigenerational ensembles, in-school music programming, and more than 20 public performances. In 2021, Hopewell is continuing to provide equitable music education in the era of COVID through online lessons, classes, and ensembles.
What Hopewell does is about more than just music, it is about equal opportunities and access to music education. Music education is scientifically proven to increase academic performance in children and enhance productivity and mental acuity in adults. Music has the added benefits of instilling values such as discipline, resilience, cooperation, and good communication while providing both youth and adult students with a creative outlet. Playing in a group provides further benefits of helping students find camaraderie among like-minded peers.
2020 was a year like no other in recent memory and it became clear that Hopewell Music needed to change and adapt to the times. With the help of Propel Nonprofits we came up with a 3 year Strategic Plan to hold ourselves accountable to fulfilling our mission to the fullest extent while growing equitably and sustainably. Take a look and let us know your thoughts!