Music education in schools has been steadily declining and thankfully non
profits such as After School Rocks and others that care about children,
music education and delivering quality affordable instruction, music education
is back on the rise. It's up to us as individuals to tell educators
and the establishment what our children need. We need to invest in ALL people.
Programs that offer after school music instruction have really filled in
the gap for many arts gaps here in New York City. "Little Kids Rock",
according the blog
the74million.org, has really made a splash. "Little Kids Rock’s biggest reach
is in New York City. In 2014, the city Department of Education partnered
with Little Kids Rock and Berklee College of Music to form Amp Up, a $4.5
million initiative that has reached nearly 600 schools". Similiar
to the mission of our nonprofit just with a bigger megaphone and gigantic
reach, they are bringing simplified, targeted and highly effective instruction
to schools. Little Kids Rock, After School Rocks and The Harmony Project as well.
The Harmony Program, a well-funded after school music program based in
NYC that is helping underserved communities achieve a well rounded music
education diet with incredible programs. Led by funding from NYC and donations,
they are making a huge difference in music education.
Real Brave has a non profit like I've mentioned before and the foundation
is called After School Rocks. The mission is simply bring the joy of creation
to students that do not have access to music. It started back in 2009
after the world's finanical implosion after the housing crisis fell
and the general economy almost fell off a cliff. In NYC, Real Brave was
front line on the economic meltdown as parents stopped paying lessons,
children stopped coming and arts programs began to be dropped due to a
lot of factors. Parents began to call to see if we could help.
Years later, we began to start progams in school and have had a huge impact
in helping communities get access to the arts. It's something we are
proud of and will continue to fight for. With all the sweeping changes
and reforms throughout the years one thing is for certain:
We are raising adults, not children.
If the above is true, which it is, then this must be true as well:
People are individuals. The definitiion of Individual is: of or for a particular person.
I am of the
opinion that every person learns differently and for every person that learns
a bit differently from another, there are certain sets of interests that
sets their brain afire with possibility. Individuals with arts education
have a better shot in life and a better shot to find
! I've concluded over the years personally that music was the vehicle
for my own personal growth. It ended up being that it didn't totally
define me rather creation defined me. Creation of programs, creation of
methods to teach students, creation of... well anything.
All of us, parent, facilitator, school administrator, school PTA, parent
coordinator, volunteer, politician... all of us have the responsibility
to make sure that children just get a well rounded education. A well rounded
education that includes the arts. If it means that all school in NYC need
to outsource their education to non profits, let's do it! It's
a crime that inner city youth and others do not get the access to a quality
care that they deserve.