Project GRIT – Growth, Resilience, Instinct, Tenacity

Project GRIT is one of the most important parts of Gifted Music School. This full-scholarship division brings Gifted Music School instruction to the most at-risk children. Consistent musical training provides a pathway to success, and we believe it should be accessible to all.
This visionary in-school and after-school program is a collaborative effort with members of the Salt Lake City School District and the Utah State Board of Education. Partnering strategically and exclusively with Title I schools, Project GRIT aims to close the opportunity gap for at-risk students by providing daily, high-quality music and instrument instruction at no cost to students. Today, over 200 students benefit from world-class, Gifted Music School instruction across our three GRIT partner schools: City Academy (7-12), the Guadalupe School (K-6), and Mountain View Elementary (K-5).



Project GRIT’s immediate objectives are to increase literacy and academic achievement overall, improve self-worth, and develop social skills. Ultimately, our goal is 100% college acceptance for those who complete the entire program K-12. Now in its 9th year, the program is already showing statistically demonstrable results in lessened absenteeism, improved academic proficiency, and decreased behavioral problems among participants.



GRIT Partner Schools

City Academy
The Guadalupe School
Mountain View Elementary


GRIT Faculty

Mountain View Elementary
Rachel H. Taft, GRIT Program Director
Erika Hubbard
The Guadalupe School
Kimberly Marsden
Monica Thiriot