Music Haven empowers and connects young people through exceptional tuition-free music education, mentoring, and performance by our resident musicians in the heart of New Haven, giving all kids a chance to play.
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.
Music Haven's objectives for this year are to:
1) Provide the second year of Music101 to 3rd and 4th graders at Wexler-Grant School, giving them 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 enables us to bring new students off our lengthy waiting list, as well as provide additional attention to those needing additional instruction.
2) Assess and strengthen the programming we offer our current students, especially programming for teenagers, and provide access to tutoring, leadership training, and 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!
Last 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 six consecutive years and has recognized us five 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.
members of the Haven String Quartet provide tuition-free individual lessons and
group classes in violin, viola, cello, bass, piano, improvisation, chamber
music, musicianship, and orchestra. Through weekly instruction, teachers strive
to empower their students with valuable tools to expand opportunities for
discipline, creativity, self-expression, teamwork, and perseverance, while
developing the long-term mentoring relationships that are Music Haven’s
approach to building community. The program, including musical instruments, is completely free for participants and is open to youth who reside in the promise zone 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 take place at four different sites: Music Haven’s office, Wexler-Grant Community School in the Dixwell neighborhood, John C. Daniels School in the Hill neighborhood, and Fair Haven School in Fair Haven. Music Haven students participate in one-on-one weekly lessons with one of our professional, conservatory-trained Resident Musicians. Lessons range from 30 minutes for our youngest students to an hour for the oldest and most advanced students. Each student is part of that teacher’s “Studio” and stays with that teachers over the years. Students attend monthly Studio Classes and perform twice per year in Studio Recitals. All Music
Haven students participate in group classes, designed to supplement their
experience in one-on-one lessons and provide the opportunity to learn and play
music together, preparing the for more advanced ensemble experiences such as
our student chamber groups and Harmony in Action, our youth chamber orchestra. In the 2016-2017 programming year, Music Haven also launched a new collaboration with IRIS, supported by a grant from the Connecticut Office for the Arts, to provide weekly group instruction on violin to new refugees in IRIS’s after school program.
Music Haven’s musicians live, work, learn, and play in New Haven, Connecticut. From student recitals and Haven String Quartet performances in public library branches, to instrument “Petting Zoos” throughout the community, Music Haven makes music part of the fabric of New Haven neighborhoods. Community Concerts: The Haven String Quartet, adjunct Resident Musicians, and young musicians enjoy performing in all corners of New Haven, bringing diverse people together in traditional and nontraditional New Haven venues. Student Recitals and Performances: Through student recitals and twice-annual Performance Parties, our young musicians make a positive contribution through their community by sharing music with others. Student recitals have been performed in the following venues: Ronald McDonald House, Life Haven, 180 Center, Casa Otoñal, Jewish Home for the Aged, Veterans Affairs Hospital, New Haven Free Public Library branches, IRIS
The Haven String Quartet (HSQ) performs in-school assembly or classroom 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.
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.
Examples of educational residency workshops include:
The Haven String Quartet can customize a workshop, concert, or a workshop/concert package to meet the needs of your school or program. They play everything from Bach and Haydn to Duke Ellington and Michael Jackson. Our musicians can work with student-string ensembles, present in-class, curriculum connected workshops relating to concert programs, or present in-school interactive concert with student discussion and participation.
Prices vary based on length and content, but most programs cost between $1200 and $1600 a day for a concert and workshop. The Haven String Quartet can work with you to find a package that fits within your school or organization's budget. Multi-day residencies are also available.
All revenues generated through concerts and workshops support programming at Music Haven.
serves 16 new students each year, providing up to 10 hours per week of
high-quality instruction from Senior Resident Musician Colin Benn, as well as
professional instruction on percussion, guitar, and bass from part-time Music
Haven faculty. Music101 predominantly serves students at Wexler Grant Community
School between 3rd and 7th grade. Students are taught not only traditional string methods, but also a variety of other instruments and music styles, including jazz, rock, blues, and reggae, and complete research-based learning projects, developing literacy skills through their passion for music. At the completion of the programming year, Music101 students are eligible to “audition” for Music Haven’s longitudinal lessons programming, and are admitted based on a demonstration of commitment, effort, and passion for studying music.
Harmony in Action is Music Haven’s youth chamber orchestra. Approximately 30 students ranging in age from 11 to 17 participate in Harmony in Action, playing as many as 10 concerts per year, including community performances in soup kitchens, at the VA Hospital, and in neighborhood organizations and festivals. Students are admitted based on ability and age. Harmony in Action rehearses at our Whalley Ave. office on Fridays after school until 5:30pm.
Music Haven has a growing number of student trios, quartets, and quintets, which predominantly feature our more advanced/older students, although quartet members have ranged in from 8 to 17. Each group is coached by one of our Resident Musicians, and performs in a variety of concerts throughout the year, while also undertaking community service projects, such as leading concerts/workshops at the Ronald McDonald House, playing for students at LEAP, or raising funds to support access to education for young girls in India through our “Play it Forward” projects. “PLAY IT FORWARD” PROJECTS: Music Lanterns, HIA social action projects
In conjunction with the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, the Haven String Quartet hits the road annually in June on the String Quartet Truck (SQT) to bring music to the streets of New Haven. Each year, the SQT brings as many as 15 free concerts to sites throughout the city, providing access to world-class live performance to an estimated 2500 people each year.
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