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Summer Choral Program a Success at PS 382
Summer Students Act as Mentors to Younger Classmates as
Choral Program Continues...
Jazz legend Louis Hayes Shows
Support for The CWB Foundation
Students participating in The CWB Foundation
chorus program a...
The Benefits of Music Education in Our Schools
Most of us have read reports about the deplorable state of our nation’s edu...
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  1. 1. Summer Choral Program a Success at PS 382 Summer Students Act as Mentors to Younger Classmates as Choral Program Continues During Fall Semester Summer school students at PS 382 in the Bronx were given something to sing about: a new choral program. Under the tutelage of music director Stoddard Blackall, graduate of the acclaimed Berklee School of Music, the summer choral program gave fourth grade students from PS 382 the opportunity to experience the magic of music and the joy of songwriting while learning rudimentary musical elements such as verse, chorus and bridge. PS 382’s summer choral program was funded by The Ruth Winkelman Wender Family Foundation and The CWB Foundation for Children & Music. The CWB Foundation is a non-profit organization created five years ago to provide quality music instruction to public school children in New York City’s disadvantaged neighborhoods. “Our school was fortunate to receive funding for a music program,” said Dely Ramos, parent coordinator at PS 382 and PS 282. Created for the 2011 summer school session, the summer choral program hit just the right note with students who felt left behind by their mandatory attendance at summer school. “For many children, attending summer school is a challenging and somber experience. They would rather be enjoying a vacation instead of having to be in the classroom,” said Ramos. “But when the children learned about this new music program they were psyched!” A resounding success, PS 382’s summer choral program gave the students something to look forward to during the summer months as well as the opportunity to act as seasoned mentors to second grade students from sister school PS 282 when an additional chorus program funded by The CWB Foundation began in Fall 2011. “Music promotes and boosts confidence and self-esteem,” says music director Blackall, who found inspiration and energy as student voices began to blend into a single, cohesive chorus. “Music and lyrics have an important way of uniting individuals and there is an incredible reward when these students receive the priceless and affirmative gift of applause.” Choral and advanced choral programs supported by The CWB Foundation continue at PS 282 and PS 382 in the Bronx during Fall 2011. Children and instructors are busy preparing for a holiday concert scheduled for December 2011. Continuing and expanding the music education programs created by The CWB Foundation is something both Blackall and Ramos are interested in seeing come to fruition. Ramos, who began violin lessons at a young age, would love to see stringed instruments added to the music program while Blackall optimistically looks forward to adding keyboards. “I learned 80 percent of my singing skills from playing the piano -- a chordal instrument or any instrument helps to hammer each note into a budding musician's brain and improves not only pitch but tone and rhythm.” The CWB Foundation for Children & Music provides instrumental music instruction -- band workshops, choir and private lessons -- for children in New York City public schools in disadvantaged neighborhoods. The CWB Foundation for Children & Music is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization operating with approval from the New York State Board of Education. All of the Foundation's costs are covered by its board. Your donations, therefore, go directly to chorus and band workshop and music instruction in NYC public schools. Web: theCWB,org Snail Mail: 119 W. 72 nd Sr.t. #310 New York, NY 10023 Students at PS 382 in the Bronx participate in The CWB Foundation's summer choral program under the direction of Stoddard Blackall
  2. 2. Jazz legend Louis Hayes Shows Support for The CWB Foundation Students participating in The CWB Foundation chorus program at PS 81 in the Bronx were surprised to recently find themselves in the presence of legendary jazz drummer Louis Hayes. Hayes learned of The CWB Foundation and its music education initiatives from his granddaughter who participates in the choral program. Hayes provided an impromptu workshop while visiting the class and vowed to return at a later date. In an interview with Hipster Ezine, Hayes commented on his exposure to music at a young age, “When I was little, my parents had instruments around the house like a piano and drums. I started on piano for a while, but I was really attracted to the drums because my cousin played and he taught me a lot about the basics.” This early exposure led Hayes to pursue a career as a musician. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Hayes moved to New York City in 1956 to play with Horace Silver’s sophisticated jazz band. As one of the most recorded jazz drummers in history he has performed and recorded with such jazz luminaries as Yusef Lateef, Horace Silver, the Oscar Peterson Trio, Cannonball Adderly, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, J.J. Johnson, Dexter Gordon, Woody Shaw and McCoy Tyner, among others. Four Schools, Eight Music Programs, 300 Children: A Look at Some of Our Programs in Action At Brooklyn’s Jean Mitchell School PS 137, The CWB Foundation has enabled music director Mike Mok to expand after-school music programs and hire two additional instructors. The school’s after-school music program now includes two choral programs including a mixed vocal ensemble comprised of middle school students, instruction in brass and wind instruments, a drum program and a rock band ensemble. “Children are very interested in participating and being a part of our music programs,” said Mok. “They get a great deal of fulfillment from playing music and participating in various ensembles and they appreciate the time they spend with other like-minded students as they sing and play music together.” To address the growing interest in the school’s after-school music programs, The CWB Foundation responded by donating a variety of instruments and equipment including a drum set, extra snare and cymbals, bass drum stands, electric guitars, amps, extra guitar and bass strings, straps, patch cords and replacement mouthpieces for trumpet and clarinet. The added equipment will come in handy as Jean Mitchell School PS 137 prepares for their holiday program on Wednesday, December 21, 2011. Students at Fort Greene’s Community Roots Charter School are also looking to put their music lessons to good use this holiday season with an informal classroom concert in front of parents and guardians on December 21, 2011. The concert, under the direction of instructor Nico Soffiato, will include contemporary pop songs as well as songs from The Beatles songbook performed by the school’s “glee club” and an ensemble performance by guitar students. Soffiato, an accomplished guitarist and performer, acknowledges that young students may have difficulty keeping their attention focused on one subject for any length of time. He has, however, observed that children participating in his music classes are actively engaged in the learning process and are having fun while they are learning musical skills. “I want them to look at music in a fun way so when we face more challenging tasks such as voice arpeggio as well as chord and pitch development they will find the challenge enjoyable.” The Foundations also help fund guitar and voice classes at the Community Roots Charter School. “We have been able to provide free guitar lessons to our students and I always catch the “glee club” kids” walking around and singing the songs they have learned!” said Nicole Darden, after-school program director. “One young boy in the guitar program is naturally an amazing musician and he comes to school eager to learn and excited for his guitar lesson. He genuinely wants to learn and grow.” Darden looks forward to continuing the school’s music programs and hopes to add additional instrument instruction in 2012.
  3. 3. The Benefits of Music Education in Our Schools Most of us have read reports about the deplorable state of our nation’s education systems. We’ve seen the data indicating American students lag behind the students of other countries in the areas of math, science and language. There is a simple solution to getting our youth back on track: provide our children with music education in the classroom. The research and the resulting statistics coupled with public opinion make for a strong case as to the importance of having music education in the schools. In the simplest form, expose children to music and reap the benefits of enhanced cognitive development and better test scores. The research and resulting statistics coupled with public opinion make a strong case as to the importance of having music education in the schools. A 2007 study by Nature Neuroscience at the elementary and middle school levels revel the following:  Elementary students in top-quality music programs scored 22% better in English and 20% better in mathematics than students in deficient music programs. This academic difference was consistent across geographical regions.  Middle school students in top-quality instrumental programs scored 19% higher in English than students in schools without a music program, and 32% higher in English than students in a deficient choral program.  Middle school students in top-quality instrumental programs scored 17% higher in mathematics than children in schools without a music program, and 33% higher in mathematics than students in a deficient choral program. High profile universities have also documented the effects of the importance of music education and training. According to the San Francisco Chronicle in the article entitled “Playing music can be good for your brain” which reported on a recent Stanford University research study linking music and language: ‘Stanford University research has found for the first time that musical training improves how the brain processes the spoken word, a finding that researchers say could lead to improving the reading ability of children who have dyslexia and other reading problems… ‘Especially for children ... who aren't good at rapid auditory processing and are high-risk for becoming poor readers, they may especially benefit from musical training.’ According to a 2008 poll conducted by Imagine Nation, the vast majority of voters recognize the importance of the arts in schools. The findings included:  91% of voters believe that the arts should be considered part of the basics in the classroom for imaginative learning.  88% agree that an education in and through the arts is essential for students to set high standards for themselves, have ambition and aspirations for success and develop the skills to fulfill their dreams.
  4. 4. HELP US HELP THEM: CONSIDER A TAX-DEDUCTIBLE GIFT TO THE CWB FOUNDATION In our continued quest to be a leader in innovative and much needed music education to children in at-risk neighborhoods in New York City, we are looking to raise $5,000 by February 1, 2012. These funds will go directly to programs sponsored by The CWB Foundation and will include education in vocal and instrumental studies. Our mission remains of providing opportunities for New York City children to explore their talents while gaining critical skills for future success. Gifts to The CWB Foundation support our mission of providing New York City children with opportunities to explore their talents while gaining critical skills for work, college and beyond. With your support, The CWB Foundation will continue to be a leader in innovative and much needed arts education and help guide our city’s youth toward bright and productive futures. Please consider the following ways to give: Personal Donations We welcome your support and have made it as easy as possible for you to contribute to our continued success by providing a variety of payment options including PayPal and WePay. If you wish to send a donation through the U.S. Postal Service, please mail your contribution to the address listed below. If you would like to make a credit card gift by phone, contact 646-320-3131. In Memoriam The CWB Foundation welcomes gifts made in memory or in honor of a loved one and will notify the honoree of your generosity. Please use your check’s memo line to indicate gifts made in honor or memory. To ensure the honoree is notified, include their full name and address with your gift. We will not disclose the dollar amount of your gift in the notification. The CWB Foundation offers opportunities to sponsor a program in your loved one’s name, e.g. "The John Smith Guitar Program at PS 184." If you are interested, please email us at Employee Matching Gifts Many companies have programs that “match” the charitable contributions made by their employees. Include The CWB Foundation in your Corporate Employee Matching Gift Program and your employer may double, or even triple, your gift! Ask your Human Resources Department if you have a matching gift program. If so, complete a matching gift form and send it to: The CWB Foundation for Children & Music, Inc. 119 W 72nd St., Suite 310 New York NY 10023