Who We Are
The District Music Project is a nonprofit, community-centered organization that develops music programming for adult students in the metro-D.C. area. Born from a community chorus organized two years ago in NW, D.C., we connect adults with music through instruction, performance, educational events, and a year-round choral program – all at a reasonable cost.
What We Do
The DMP works with area musicians to provide music education opportunities to adults of varying experience levels in a relaxed, group setting at affordable prices. Have you ever wanted to learn how to play the guitar? Do you wish you had kept up with those piano lessons your parents made you take? Ever wonder exactly what go-go music is? Do you love to sing in the shower and secretly want to break into song in public? Then the DMP is here for you! We offer lessons in voice and various musical instruments, as well as salon-style events on a musical subject, often with a performance element, and music theory training.
How it All Got Started
In the spring of 2016, two friends, Paul and Tara, started talking about how much fun it would be to start a neighborhood chorus. That talking turned into planning, and by fall, folks all over Mt. Pleasant were learning how to sing Christmas carols in four-part harmony. It was open to everyone, regardless of experience. Some choristers were musicians and used to performing. Others hadn’t sung since grade school. But through Tara and Paul’s tireless efforts, they turned their friends into a festive singing machine that performed shows throughout Mt. Pleasant. And they reminded us of the power — and necessity — of the arts. Each rehearsal was a two-hour reprieve from the rest of the world, where the only thing they had to do was make some music — and have fun.
The chorus came back in 2017, with even more participants, and inspired Tara to take things to the next level. Why not have these opportunities year-round? It was clear, through the outpouring of support for the chorus, that the interest was there. She just needed to give it some organizational structure. That structure became the District Music Project.