Second Story Sessions

Music for Everybody!

Weekly music making for individuals with and without special needs — regardless of skill level. Sing and play with the band during weekly sessions, with opportunities to perform in the community. Music selections from rock & roll classics to today’s popular hits.

Participants will experience:

  • Improved self-esteem through accomplishment
  • New friendships and varied social interactions
  • Being part of a team while working with band mates
  • Increased community involvement
  • Opportunities for creative and musical expression

We meet weekly to sing and make music. We primarily use our voices, percussion and wind instruments. Periodically, the participants are joined by more experienced musicians – together we become the Second Story Band and perform  for an audience.

Open enrollment. $40 per session – pay as you go.   Second Story Sessions by The Coffeehouse Project is a Qualified Provider of Goods and Services through the Self-Directed Programs of the NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD).

Read more about the importance of music making for those with special needs.

Sessions are held on Mondays from 4:45-6:15 at PeopleCare Center for Nonprofits, 120 Finderne Ave., Bridgewater, NJ 08807.

If you are interested in participating, but can’t do Mondays, send John an email. We’ll open another time slot if there are enough interested participants.

The Second Story Band performed love songs to celebrate Valentine’s Day at GiGi’s Playhouse in Hillsborough.

For more information, contact John:

The Second Story Band project has given our son an opportunity to experience and fulfill the dream of performing in a band.  More importantly, it provides him with a welcoming place to build on his love for music and develop friendships.   —  Robyn

 [Our son] has Down syndrome and John has brought [his] dreams to life by bringing together a band that he is a part of (which he desired for years). [He] loves his music friends, as he calls them!  —  Joan

 [Our son’s] social growth has been as important as his musical growth. Participating in SSB has helped [him] feel more confident and comfortable in a group situation; he is less self-centered and more group-centered during sessions and this is a significant change for him.   —  Beth

This program is made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council  on the Arts/Department of State and administered by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission through the State/County Partnership Local Arts Program Grant.