musiconnects 2019 spring appeal
Self discovery through music!
By making a gift to musiConnects this Spring, you will ensure the impact of many exciting programs focused on all stages of youth development. Our new Peer Leadership Program is a great example. David Rubin, a Resident Musician and the group’s organizer, describes the idea and goals of the program:
“For myself - and many of my colleagues, too - music became a focal point in my life as a teenager. I started playing violin as a child, but it wasn’t until I was older — when I started making music with other kids who were similarly committed, and when I began to understand music as a vehicle to engage with the world and express one’s feelings and inner life — that I understood musical practice as something that could be valuable and meaningful in the long-term.
Our initial goal has been to start small - to create a space for the older students to come together, and to see what happens in that space. To that end, I started organizing bi-weekly meetups for a small group of pre-teen & teen students in musiConnects’ residency programming. The idea was to create a space for these students to be themselves - forming bonds with each other and developing a social attachment to their music study, at an age where that attachment has the potential to deepen. The teens are driving the proceedings, and adults are there to gently guide and facilitate. Every week we share snacks and a check-in, catching up on everyone’s news. We discuss and explore musical topics, but with an emphasis on a) implications for the world at large (How can music matter?), and b) our own emotional responses (How can music matter to me?).
Make a safe space for a group of amazing kids, and there’s no limit to what they can discover about their art, the world, and themselves. We have our traditions - only the holder of the “magic rosin” has speaking privileges! - and our jokes. We’ve had good discussions in which they’ve been thoughtful and vulnerable and curious. The foundation is there - I’m excited to see where this goes - next year and beyond.”
Student responses to the program have been positive, “I like how we can bond over our mistakes while enjoying learning new things,” and “This group means a place where we can be ourselves and is a break from our busy and stressful lives,” letting us know we are providing a safe, creative learning space.
You make these meaningful interactions possible at a critical stage in youth development. Your gift now can encourage vulnerable youth to become healthy and effective peer leaders and community members.
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