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Brooklyn Conservatory of Music Receives $25,000 Grant Toward Music Partners Program

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Sep 13, 2012
Brooklyn, NY

The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music (Brooklyn, NY) has been awarded $25,000 by the Music for Youth Fund of UJA-Federation for New York for its Music Partners outreach program. The funds will be used to provide comprehensive, sequential music education programs to P.S. 217, P.S. 270, and P.S. 971 in Brooklyn – all schools that would not be able to offer educational opportunities of this nature to their students on their own.  Thanks to UJA-Federation of New York’s generous contribution, more than 900 kindergarten through 5th grade students will participate in weekly instruction in violin, trumpet, recorder, and early childhood music and movement provided by the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.

Karen Geer, executive director of the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, says, “Music education is critical to children’s development, and too often removed from the curriculum when public schools face financial hardship.  Numerous studies have shown that students who do not receive arts instruction, particularly those in economically challenged urban environments, are less likely to excel in other subjects or develop critical cognitive, behavioral and social skills.  We are grateful for the Music for Youth Fund of UJA-Federation of New York’s support of Music Partners which is helping us to ensure that our students have access to exciting and relevant musical activities that motivate them to stay in school; help them with higher academic performance; and improve cooperation, teamwork, leadership, and other social or behavioral skills.”

Franca Conti, Principal of P.S. 217 added, "Most of our students do not receive music instruction outside of school. The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music’s program transcends language barriers, and helps to give our students a strong foundation in music fundamentals such as basic notation, singing, building rhythmic and ensemble skills, and physical, rhythmic, and melodic improvisation. The Conservatory’s educators are passionate about education and love working with children. Their work has the added benefit of providing our teachers with embedded professional development, enabling our teachers to provide musical experiences for their students outside of music class, and integrating musical concepts into other curriculum areas such as math and literacy.”

About Brooklyn Conservatory of Music
The Conservatory’s main campus, in the heart of historic Park Slope, Brooklyn, is a comprehensive educational centers for over 1,000 students. The Conservatory offers a full range of lessons, classes and ensembles to students of every age and ability, and provides more than 200 merit- and need-based scholarships annually.  The Conservatory serves more than 800 individuals living with disabilities and other significant life issues through its music therapy program, both on-site and through more than 20 partner sites in Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island and Manhattan. The Conservatory also provides music education to an additional 6,500 school-aged children each year through its  Music Partners Program,  offered in more than 40 public, private and parochial schools, youth centers and community-based organizations.

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