CHIME (Community Help In Music Education)

CHIME provides and advocates for music education for DC schoolchildren, particularly those in Title I schools. We provide participatory performances, ongoing instrumental and choral instruction, distribution of donated instruments, joint music projects between schools with different demographics, and teacher workshops. We advocate for all children to have accessible (geographic and financial) opportunities to learn to perform in instrumental or choral groups — inspired by Venezuela's el sistema model, now spreading around the world.

Office location: 

1789 Lanier Place NW #3
Washington, DC



Support services: 

Academic skills
Art and music

DCPS schools served: 

  • Ballou High School
  • Ellington School of the Arts
  • Hardy Middle School
  • Hart Middle School
  • Wilson High School

DC public charter schools served: 

  • E.L. Haynes PCS - Georgia Avenue
  • E.L. Haynes PCS - High School
  • Friendship Junior Academy - Blow-Pierce
  • Friendship Woodridge
  • Roots PCS
  • Thurgood Marshall Academy PCS
  • Two Rivers PCS - Upper

Hours of Operation: 

During school
After school

Days of Operation: 

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Months of Operation: 

Academic school year

DC wards served: 

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Ages served: 


Grades served: