SUPPORTING MUSIC EDUCATION PROGRAMS
In 2002, Massachusetts cut state cultural funding by 62% - one of the most drastic
cultural funding cuts in the nation (source: Massachusetts Advocates for the Arts,
Sciences and Humanities). In the current economic climate, funding for the arts will
likely experience another significant reduction. Studies show that children who play
a musical instrument are more likely to excel in school and pursue a college
education. Music programs help children attain critical life skills like discipline,
creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and leadership.
In our first five years of operation, we raised $25,000 for music education programs
on the North Shore of Massachusetts. This year, in addition to making donations to
programs in Salem, our reach has expanded to support music education programs
in other North Shore communities. This year's beneficiaries include music programs
at Salem High School, the Lynn Public Schools system and the North Shore
Recovery High School in Beverly. This is the first year we've made contributions
outside of Salem...and we're proud to say....we're growing!
Music Education in our Festival Series
Our annual music series is rich with music education opportunities, offered free to
|The SJSF/Berklee Summer Series performances incorporate Q&As with |
|Berklee student performers discussions on topics ranging from |
instrumentation, to band collaboration to writing and more.
|Our main festival event also incorporates 4-5 music education classes on an |
|equally diverse set of topics, such as last year’s workshops on drumming, |
guitar and vocals.
|The festival also includes a kid’s tent, where children and their parents can |
|explore different musical instruments, and access a resource board where |
they can learn about local music instructors and organizations.
Music in the Classroom
In 2010, we launched two new innovative programs as part of “Music in the Schools
Month”: In partnership with Salem State University, we hosted two workshops
(percussion and open rehearsal) for Salem area middle and high school students.
We also introduced our first ever “Student Art Contest” where local 3-5 grade
students submitted art on the theme “What Music Means to Me.” Winners were
announced and awards given at the SJSF’s main festival event. We also provided
scholarships that allowed two Salem High School students to attend Salem State’s
summer jazz camp.
This year, we once again participated in “Music in the Classrooms” month, and
sponsored a 3-day workshop in conjunction with the music departments at Salem
High School and Salem State University. SSU’s Music Director conducted special
workshops with SHS students and offered hands-on, practical instruction on
instrumentation and collaboration. On April 14, the SHS/SSU workshop participants
will take the stage at the City of Salem’s Jazz Appreciation Day Concert, a free,
public event sponsored in part by the City of Salem and generously underwritten by
Salem Five’s Charitable Foundation.
This year, we’ll stage our second annual student art contest, featuring art work by
local grade 3 – 5 students based on the theme “What Music Means to Me”. The
entries will be on display at the City of Salem's Jazz Appreciation Day Concert
where the public can vote for their favorites. Winners will be announced at the
main festival in August.
In 2012, we have a goal to increase the number of scholarships made available to
local students to attend special classes and music instruction camps (two
scholarships were awarded in 2011). We also plan to make funds available
specifically for students in need who would like to purchase musical instruments.
Our Education Director is working with local teachers to identify areas of need in
the classroom (equipment, instructors, etc.), allowing us to seek out funds
specifically to fill those critical needs.
“Salem High School has used (SJSF) funds to purchase new
equipment, which has allowed us to pass older equipment
down to the middle and grammar schools. For the first time in
history, all schools now have some form of music training
taking place because of this." Cynthia Napierkowski, Music
Director, Salem High School
|Winner of 2013 Gold Star Award
from MA Cultural Council