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Suzuki-Orff School of Music Becomes the Chicago Center for Music Education

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Jul 18, 2014
Chicago, IL

Since 1981, the Suzuki-Orff School of Music helped thousands of children to lead more effective lives through music education. In 2013 the school began a process to assess its role within their community and its ability to meet the needs of their community. As a result of this process the school has developed plans to begin expanding its programming to improve its ability to provide meaningful and impactful programs to their community. Additionally, in order to provide greater program diversity the school felt as though it needed a broader umbrella under which to operate, an umbrella where people will look to find a diversified menu of music programs for all ages. Thus, in July of 2014 the Suzuki-Orff School of Music began doing business as the Chicago Center for Music Education.

Troy Anderson, executive director, had the following to say of the re-brand, "Over the past 33 years we’ve provided thousands of children with solid musical foundation. As we look to the future, our goals are to expand our programming in order to provide additional opportunities for all people to engage in musical participation. In doing so we will begin providing programming to engage our teen and adult audience while also developing more culturally specific and music therapy programming. Additionally, we plan to provide more opportunities for our Young Musicians to develop their artistry. We are extremely excited to embark on our new journey and hope that we’ll be able to realize our vision that musical participation will be perceived and valued by all Chicagoans as a unique activity that leads to greater human effectiveness.”

About the Chicago Center for Music Education
The Chicago Center for Music Education (CHIME) provides exceptional music education as a catalyst to help children reach their greatest potential. Its innovative music curricula nurture creativity and self-expression; develop music and critical thinking skills; accelerate academic achievement; and incorporate family as an integral part of the learning experiences of children. The school brings together families from a wide range of cultural backgrounds, with a strong emphasis on reaching those who face significant economic and environmental challenges. The School’s acclaimed programs reach 400 children in on-site classes at its West Town facility and over 3,500 children in low-income Chicago Public Schools, as a result of which children as young as six months are enriched by CHIME programs. The school develops long-term relationships with students and their families through multi-year, sequential programs that build on each young person’s intellectual, social and emotional development. Parent/care giver participation, partnership and empowerment are fundamental components of CHIME’s methodology across all of the school’s programs.

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