Harmony School of Music

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Website: https://www.harmonycr.org/

Mission: Mission: Transform lives through inclusive music education.  Vision:  Musical excellence in a safe and loving space that supports positive social development.

Location: Cedar Rapids (71 miles from Grinnell College)

Needs: We are a music for social justice after school program (El Sistema-inspired). Priority enrollment is for students grades 3-8 who lack access to other opportunities due to finance, race, culture, or learning style barriers. Students sing, learn to read music, play instruments (violin, viola, cello), and participate in enrichments to support emotional health and active, informed citizenship. Service could include giving private lessons/small group music instruction, and special help with socio-emotional enrichment/social justice content.

Volunteers can work with students in music or special topics (gardening, nutrition, mindfulness, movement, academic support), help with one-time special events, or volunteer remotely with newsletter writing/editing, graphic design, database entry, SM ambassadors, website design and updates.



  • One-time events: yes
  • Ongoing: yes
  • Groups possible? Groups are welcome

When is service needed: Reach out anytime; if you contact us in December or April, our response may be delayed.

Number of hours: Flexible hours, as much or little as is possible for the volunteer


  • In-person: yes
  • Hybrid in-person/virtual possible: yes
  • Fully virtual possible: yes


Background check required: yes

Equipment/logistics needed: Photographers, designers must supply their own camera as needed and need access to editing software beyond general editing tools. No supplies/equipment required for classroom volunteers, data entry, or writing/text editing.  Volunteer music teachers can bring their instrument.


Training supplied: Classroom: training would entail a 1 hour orientation (in-person or virtual), a 2-hour classroom observation, and receiving “on-the-job” mentorship by staff and other volunteers. Non-classroom: flexible and customized to fit the volunteer.


How to apply: Apply by emailing Jessica Altfillisch at jessica@harmonycr.org

Contact: Jessica Altfillisch, (319) 533-0708, jessica@harmonycr.org


Operation information: Harmony School launched in 2017 to use the power of music to transform the lives of children. We use culturally responsive creative teamwork as a conduit to positive self-identity and resilience.   Our programs are free-of-charge to all students, with priority registration available to students who are traditionally under-served. The generous financial and volunteer support of our community make our activities possible.

Address: Coe College campus, Cedar Rapids

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