1) Music Haven was awarded an Artworks grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.
2) Continued high retention rates (85%) and attendance rates (90%) in our After-school Lessons Program and positive results from end-of-year surveys, such as "100% of participants report that they[j1] believe their teachers were good role models" and "94% of parents or guardians report noticing their children setting higher expectations of themselves."
3) Individual giving to Music Haven has increased by 34% over the last three years, representing progress towards our financial sustainability goals outlined in our last strategic plan.
4) Music Haven has been featured in the New York Times, Connecticut Public TV, and WNPR as an innovative organization using the arts to provide opportunities, access, and hope for families in low-income neighborhoods.
5) Through a new project spearheaded by our resident pianist in 2014—NewMusic4Us—Music Haven and our supporters contributed to a kickstarter campaign to fund the commissioning of new compositions for our student piano trio. (see profile video)
Music Haven's objectives for this year are to:
1) Establish a new group class, "Music 101," to provide the opportunity for students to be introduced to various instruments, musical forms, basic music theory, and group playing as both a pipeline into our one-on-one lessons program and a means of supporting those who have struggled to progress in our established lessons program. This would enable us to bring new students in off of our lengthy waiting list, as well as provide additional attention to those who need more help.
2) Assess and strengthen the programming we offer our current students, especially our new programming for teenagers, and provide access to services such as tutoring, leadership training, and additional workshops and exposure to live musical performances and opportunities for student performance in their own neighborhoods during the afterschool hours.
3) Increase the presence of our world-class musicians and their student ensembles in the community by identifying new opportunities to perform, collaborating with more community groups and city initiatives, and increasing outreach into the community for our existing events, concerts, workshops, and student performances.
Music Haven's children live in New Haven's inner city and Yale's backyard, but until ten years ago these kids had little opportunity to participate in the community's nourishing music and arts environment.
The founders were inspired to utilize the superb musicians of the Haven String Quartet to provide free string instruments and instrumental lessons for nine hours of private and ensemble instruction for each child every week. The quartet's musicians possess a rare combination of artistry and dedication to their students.
From a handful of young music makers, we've grown to eighty curious, irrepressible students whose shared experience with their ever-encouraging teachers is producing both self confident individuals and an open-minded, mutually responsive and responsible community of peers. Support is contagious!
This tenth year, Colin Benn, resident violist and volunteers began Music 101, involving both traditional instruments and new; additional ensembles, music theory, conducting, movement for relaxation and further performing opportunities.
In recognition of their desire to reciprocate community support, Music Haven's students continue to perform at The VA Hospital, Smilow Cancer Center, nursing homes, libraries and museums -just about everywhere in our town.
As a board member and particularly as a volunteer in Music 101, I've experienced a reprise of that lovely if fleeting experience of engagement, as with my own children. -a kind of cross-pollination.
Music Haven profoundly appreciates the financial support of a considerable community of friends as well as foundations. In 2015-16, Citizen's Bank designated Music Haven: "A Champion in Action for Strengthening Communities through Youth Empowerment", along with a $35,000.00 award. The National Endowment for the Arts has given funding grants to Music Haven for five consecutive years and has recognized us two years running as one of the Top Fifty After-School programs in the nation.
We and our families are passionate about our commitment to providing a stable, consistent and stimulating environment in which children can participate, flourish, and in turn, contribute.
Music Haven's ability to serve our community depends on funding.
Please help. Give what you can. Ask your friends and families to get involved. Consider volunteering. We need each other to flourish.
The After-School Lessons Program is the
heart of Music Haven.
The program, including musical instruments, is completely free
for participants and is open to youth who reside in the Dixwell, Hill,
Dwight, Newhallville, West Rock or Fair Haven neighborhoods of New Haven.
Each child is selected on a first-come, first-serve basis and is encouraged to continue through high school, once enrolled.
The lessons and classes take place at two different sites: the
Wexler-Grant School in the Dixwell community and the John C. Daniels
School in the Hill community.
The Haven String Quartet performs and teaches through in-school assembly programs to bring the excitement of live performance to school audiences. All the quartet’s programs combine performance, demonstration and participation elements. Music Haven’s teaching artists weave interactive learning opportunities and educational substance into 45-minute performances.
Examples of educational residency workshops include:
1)“The Art of Musical Conversation” 2)“Giraffes Can’t Dance and Other Stories” 3)“A Trip Around the World with the HSQ” 4)“Finding Your Voice”
Each workshop introduces the string instrument family and explores concepts of teamwork, communication, and problem-solving methods. Workshops often also include illustrations of non-verbal communication within the quartet and explorations of emotions, textures, and imagery inspired by music. Through a combination of interactive activities, story-telling, and music, the HSQ connects musical ideas with academic, social, and cultural learning concepts.
Music101 is designed to provide the opportunity for students to be introduced to various instruments, musical forms, basic music theory, and group playing as both a pipeline into our one-on-one lessons program and a means of supporting those who have struggled to progress in our established lessons program. This would enable us to bring new students in off of our lengthy waiting list, as well as provide additional attention to those who need more help.
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