GIFTS OF MUSIC
Music has a powerful and important influence on young lives.
Through a unique public/private collaboration, Gifts of Music
was created to encourage and support students in the pursuit of music.
The mission of Gifts of Music is to provide all students the opportunity to share in the joy and benefits that come from the study of instrumental music. Too often, children without access access to private lessons lose the drive to achieve. Gifts of Music affords those students the opportunity for encouragement and support in a safe and nurturing environment.
Gifts of Music
is grateful for the generous and ongoing support of the Ellen Jeanne Goldfarb Memorial Charitable Trust.
WHY GIFTS OF MUSIC
While instrumental music is offered in West Hartford Public Schools West Hartford Schools
in fourth grade, success is often determined by support and lessons provided outside of school. Gifts of Music
offers a helping hand to promising young musicians without financial resources: students at risk of losing their desire before realizing their talent.
Students who meet the established criteria receive individual and/or group music instruction from professional teachers from within The Community Division of The Hartt School of Music. The mentoring allows the young students to improve skills, to learn the value of commitment and practice, and to grow in confidence.
Gifts of Music
unites the resources of the West Hartford Public Schools, The Community Division of the Hartt School of Music Hartt School Community Division
, private donors, and the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. The Gifts of Music
Fund is managed by a dedicated group of volunteers. The Fund was established at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving in 2002 as a perpetual endowment to support the Gifts of Music
Gifts of Music:
➢ Provides private and group lessons with professional music teachers
➢ Sponsors supervised after school practice programs at Charter Oak and Smith Elementary Schools
➢ Collects, refurbishes, and distributes used instruments through its Instrument Recycling Program
➢ Supports a modified Suzuki program
➢ Participates in and helps support a Sizzling Suzuki Summer Camp
HOW GIFTS OF MUSIC WORKS
➢ Students are invited to participate from grades 5-12 and are selected on the basis of financial need, potential, interest and commitment.
➢ Professional music teachers from The Community Division of The Hartt School provide one-on-one weekly half-hour lessons during the school year.
➢ Lessons for 5th through 12th graders occur within the school day and within the school building.
➢ Small group technique classes are offered in grades 9 - 12 within the school day and within the school building.
➢ School-based music teachers monitor progress and, together with parents, offer encouragement.
➢ Students are challenged to set goals and work hard to achieve those goals.
At the elementary level, students are afforded the opportunity to participate in after school supervised practice sessions with the building-based instrumental music teacher.
Modified Suzuki and Sizzling Suzuki Summer Camp
At the elementary level students are eligible for modified Suzuki instruction at Smith and Charter Oak elementary schools. The Summer Camp is a one-week program for Suzuki students in grades 2 and 3. The Suzuki method is an educational philosophy that fosters excellence and character through a nurturing environment.
"I want to make good citizens. If a child hears fine music from the day of birth and learns to play it himself, he develops sensitivity, discipline, and endurance. He gets a beautiful heart."