About Us


The Institute of Music for Children is located on the campus of Third Westminster Presbyterian Church 780 Salem Ave. Elizabeth, NJ 07208, on the corner of North Ave and Salem Ave.

The Institute of Music is a non-profit 501(c)3 arts organization which believes that artistic expression and the creative process prepare children for success and endow them with life skills and self confidence. The Institute offers high-quality programming in a wide-range of art forms including instrumental and vocal music, drama, dance, visual arts and filmmaking to fulfill its mission of H.A.R.M.O.N.Y — Helping Achieve Responsible Motivated Optimistic Neighborhood Youth.
A recipient of a 2014 Citation of Excellence from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the Institute offers economically accessible, high-quality arts training in a safe and nurturing environment.

Governed by an 8-member Board of Trustees, administered by award-winning Executive Director Alysia Souder, and staffed by a roster of Master Teaching Artists, the Institute is proud of its diversity at every level - Board, staff and teachers. With students of Haitian, African, Brazilian, Asian, Latin American and Malagasy backgrounds – in addition to African American - we strive to reflect that immense diversity in their adult mentors.

The Institute of Music for Children is fully committed to ensuring that accessibility guidelines and requirements as set forth by the federal government and state of New Jersey are implemented in as timely and efficient a manner as possible.

The Institute has been consistently responsive to making the arts accessible for all people with disabilities and will continue to strive to provide the utmost accessible experience possible. Through the Institute’s programming, design, and service, we continue to reach out to and provide assistance and appropriate accommodation.

The Institute trains its staff and volunteers in order to encourage superior and effective communication and the practice of effective and sensitive techniques to serve members of the community with disabilities. The Institute is also committed to exercising best practice and outreach in regards to employing persons with disabilities, both in artistic and administrative/operational areas.

The Institute regularly reviews its policies and procedures to adapt, accommodate and address any issues or problems that might arise in regard to ADA compliance and will regularly assess its progress in achieving full compliance.

If you require an accommodation or service (i.e. ASL, Open Captioning, Audio Description, etc.), please contact us at 908-469-1211 x6 at least two weeks prior to your scheduled visit.