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Education and Community Engagement

A fundamental part of From the Top’s mission is the belief that young musicians have the power to create positive change in their communities. The Center for Development of Arts Leaders, From the Top’s arts education and community engagement program, mentors and supports our musicians as they plan for a future in the arts. Whether they envision themselves as ambassadors for their instrument, teachers, arts advocates, or at the forefront of applying the latest technology to the performance experience, we train them to take their music beyond the concert hall.


  • Arts Leadership on the Road
    Every musician who appears on NPR's From the Top receives focused leadership training, exploring the communication and collaborative skills that can expand and engage future audiences. They then apply this training by creating and presenting customized outreach activities in every community we visit, bringing the excitement and beauty of classical music to more of a community’s citizens, with a particular focus on children and youth.
  • The From the Top Arts Leadership Grant
    The 2018 application window is closed. Later in the year, we will be seeking applications from From the Top alumni with a desire to make their communities better through music.
  • The Arts Leadership Library
    Have you thought about doing a fundraising concert, but are not sure where to start? Or, are you interested in learning how other From the Top alumni take their music beyond the concert hall? Check out our library of musician spotlights for ideas/inspiration.
  • CDAL Boston
    CDAL-Boston is the first center of its kind focused on developing and training Greater Boston’s young musicians as leaders, working with educational and service organizations in performing, teaching, and advocacy roles, expanding the power of music to make a difference.

    CDAL-Boston is not currently accepting applications