Improving Young Lives Through Music Education
Children’s interests vary far and wide. Sometimes it’s a hobby to pass the time. Other times, it could be learning a new skill that reveals their innate talents. But what happens when a child gravitates toward a musical instrument like the violin? Do their parents simply pick one up as routinely as they would a gallon of milk at the grocery store? For many families in Chicago, it’s simply not that easy. Aside from the cost of the violin, other expenses include weekly lessons, a music stand and music books to name a few, and often times these expenses are too great for their income to justify. As a result, children of these underprivileged families aren’t able to explore the world of music, and far too many are left not realizing their potential or experiencing the personal development that comes with it.
This is where Music in Urban Schools Inspiring Change (M.U.S.I.C Inc) comes in.
The Chicago nonprofit organization aims to inspire musicians and leaders from an early age. Their mission is to create strong and sustainable music programs that have significant influence on school culture and encourage active family involvement. Children without access to educational resources are encouraged to participate in this tuition-free program to pursue their musical aspirations. Currently there are 85 students between the ages of 7 and 10 at KIPP Ascend Primary in Chicago’s North Lawndale Community. MUSIC adapted to KIPP’s needs and designed “Leadership Goals” specific to the school culture. The students at MUSIC are divided into three main groups: Chicago Symphony, London Symphony and Concert String and String Ensemble. These groups allow instructors to provide more focused lessons and attention to individual students. MUSIC is a growing and inspirational organization!
Recognizing the shared vision of youth development through the performing arts, Kollaboration Chicago is proud to partner with M.U.S.I.C. Inc. as community contributor. A portion of Kollaboration Chicago’s event proceeds as well as their 2015 Showcase will benefit after school educational programs.
MUSIC was founded by Sarah Dupuis, who is also the organization’s music director. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from North Park University in Chicago, as well as a Masters in Musicology and Performance from Oxford University. She has played violin since fourth grade and is passionate about enriching the next generations of musicians with her experiences and knowledge in music. Working with Sarah is Joi Truman, the Director of Family Engagement. Joi holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Western Michigan University, as well as a Masters in Social Work with a community schools concentration from the University of Chicago. Truman plays a pivotal role in helping her students reach their goals and dreams. She strives to use her expertise in counseling as a valuable resource to her students.
To learn more about MUSIC, visit: http://www.musicincchicago.org
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