The mission of Band Together Pittsburgh is to utilize the universal effectiveness of music to engage, inspire and enrich the lives of youth on the autism spectrum and their families.

Our programming encompasses everything from very basic rhythm and movement to on stage, professional performance and studio recordings.

It is the overall accessibility of music itself that creates the opportunity for each and EVERY participant to be included; to participate and to find success. Music does not judge and yes, the experience is complicated and hard to quantify.

However, results are seen in interpersonal relationships and an increased awareness of socially acceptable behaviors. Band Together Pittsburgh is working in partnership with music therapists and educators from Seton Hill University. Through this partnership, a rigorous measurement tool has been created to effectively capture and communicate the effectiveness of our programming.

Band Together Pittsburgh (BTP) is a recognized, tax exempt 501 (c) 3 organization which has been formed by members of the Pittsburgh music community. Through participation, education and mentorship, using the power of music, we will identify pathways and help our participants to reach successes that many thought were not possible.

Mobile Music Lab project

The vision of Band Together Pittsburgh’s Mobile Music Lab project is to expose those on the autism spectrum (and their families) to professional, high quality music programming and therapies as well as performances. The Mobile Music Lab is a trailer filled with instruments. We will travel throughout SWPA, working with schools and programs to provide music instruction and therapies in areas which are underserved and/or limited in their resources. Furthermore, it is our purpose to utilize music instruction and performance to help to engage these students and facilitate communication, emotion and behavior management and
to help to create a fuller life experience. Utilizing Band Together Pittsburgh’s over 60 years of experience in the Pittsburgh music scene, we will create a traveling music laboratory with instruments, recording gear and professional instruction along with an ongoing mentorship program designed to not only provide
engaging, effective music instruction but also to utilize music to foster meaningful relationships and concentrate on communication and other interpersonal skills.

Additionally, we will create the social infrastructure necessary for families who are often challenged to find programming that accommodates those on the spectrum, whose behavior is often unpredictable, providing a performance venue and fellowship.

Lastly, it is our vision that, through these programs, that we can change perspectives of what those on the spectrum are capable of creating a more fulfilling life and being an inspiration to others.