1) Music Haven was awarded an Artworks grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2012, 2013 and 2014, 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 National Public Radio 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, Music101, 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.
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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