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Keep music education alive for NYC public school students!

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BENEFITING: Turtle Bay Music School, Inc.

ORGANIZER: Turtle Bay Music School, Inc.

EVENT DATE: May 22, 2016

Dennis Madden


Turtle Bay Music School, Inc. wrote -

Help keep music alive for NYC’s public school students in three deserving schools with a contribution towards our $50,000 goal! Reaching our goal would allow us to serve 500 students who currently aren't receiving any music instruction. 

Every Child In Every School

The Center for Arts Education summed it up best: Every child in every school has the right to a well-rounded education, of which the arts are an essential ingredient. Beyond having great value in and of themselves, the arts promote the health and well-being of children, including academic and personal growth, critical thinking and analytical skills, and the motivation to stay in school and excel. Quality arts education is central to a complete education—and it is required by state law.  

Despite strong public support and a growing body of research about the positive influence of dance, music, theater and visual arts learning on student and school outcomes, the arts are too often marginal to public education. Though many city schools provide a world-class arts education, others provide little if any at all. Budget constraints, space considerations, and an emphasis on high-stakes testing have made it increasingly difficult for even those school principals who understand the value of arts education to provide the instruction required under state education law, according to the Center for Arts Education.  

Currently in NYC, more than two thirds of NYC public school students do not have access to music and arts instruction, and this lack of access disproportionately affects the City’s low income children (2014 State of the Arts Report).

Turtle Bay Music School’s Role

TBMS has been a dedicated partner to NYC public schools for the last three decades, serving tens of thousands of NYC students.  Since 2010, TBMS has more than doubled its reach into the New York City public schools, providing more than 4,000 students each year with comprehensive music programs.

TBMS is highly skilled at delivering programs, and our partnerships are lasting and successful - we meet national standards, we engage students/teachers/parents, and we build curriculums that serve the needs of each individual school.

Turtle Bay Music School strives to break down barriers to access by providing free and low cost music programs to high-needs NYC public schools, as well the opportunity to study in greater depth through subsidized programs including The Saturday Music Project, free concerts, and financial aid for all students who demonstrate need.

Currently, TBMS serves seven NYC schools -- that’s over 2,500 children -- with comprehensive music education programs.  

However, TBMS has served as many 11 schools in the past. Sadly, funding cuts have caused a significant reduction or elimination of programs at some of our most dedicated partner schools.

Today, we have three elementary schools -- all Title 1; all proven, outstanding partners -- who are eager to have their programs reinstated, continued, or grown for next school year.  As a result of reaching our goal of $50,000 for this campaign:

More than 500 children would receive music education

20 Faculty Artists would keep working

Every penny we raise will go directly to program services, providing children with direct access to year-long, sequential music learning.

TBMS Perform-A-Thon

Going 12 years strong, with nearly $500,000 raised to support access to high quality arts programs, our Perform-A-Thon is an annual tradition that helps keep our music programs alive for all who seek them.  Perform-A-Thon has been generously supported over the years by such notable, award-winning artists as Jason Robert Brown, Mark and Maggie O’Connor, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and Sujari Britt.  

Thousands of students from all programs of TBMS have participated over the years, and this year we anticipate that 500 or more will participate by performing, raising money, baking(!), and helping to get the word out.  Everyone in our community is dedicated to doing their small piece to help keep music alive for NYC public school students, and all those who seek music education.  

It is our hope that anyone who has ever been touched by music in some way - through the power of performance, learning a new skill, feeling part of a group, overcoming challenges, or simply being moved at an emotional level - will consider donating whatever amount they can to help us bring music to more students and audiences in NYC.

Supporting materials:  

“Arts education is no longer just about finger painting. This is about giving today’s students the hands-on skills they will need to compete in today’s marketplace, one that increasingly values creativity, working together, and a capacity to bring big projects to life.” - NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer on the release of his 2014 report, State of the Arts

Why Arts Education:

Evidence shows that arts education provides students with the skills to think creatively, to innovate, and to become tenacious learners ready to solve complex problems—all skills that employers are increasingly looking for in the 21st century.

Students who get a quality arts education are:

4x more likely to be recognized for academic achievement

Have lower rates of behavioral problems

Have higher attendance rates

Have higher graduation rates  

At-risk students who have access to the arts also tend to have better academic results, better career opportunities, and more civic engagement (according to the NEA's report, The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth).

“If you want the kids’ test scores up, bring back band and bring back shop and get kids actually learning stuff instead of teaching them how to take a test.” Mythbusters’ Adam Savage, who said that STEM should actually be STEAM “because you need art in there to complete an education.”  - Tampa Bay Times, April 15, 2015

The Team: $4,223 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Lisa Lovallo

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100% Raised of $1,000 Goal

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Jeff Schlosser

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20% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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Megwin Finegan

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73% Raised of $1,000 Goal

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Turtle Bay Music School, Inc.

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1% Raised of $52,000 Goal

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Julie Rulyak Steinberg

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37% Raised of $1,000 Goal

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Lisa Rhoads

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Marcia Nelson

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ed sirlin

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