MusicalMinds seeks to inspire social change through classical music instruction to underserved youth in Mecklenburg County. Musical Minds is an El Sistema inspired program, and as such, we believe :
· Everyone has the right to a life of dignity and contribution
· Every child can learn to experience and express music and art deeply and receive its many benefits.
· Overcoming poverty and adversity is best done by strengthening the spirit.
· Effective education is based on love, approval, joy, and experience within a high functioning, aspiring, nurturing community.
Currently, we are working with under served second through fifth graders from Blythe Elementary School in Huntersville, NC and Title I school David Cox Elementary students in Pre-Kindergarten and second through fifth grades. Every week, MusicalMinds after school students receive 8 hours of music instruction. It is a privilege to work with such supportive teachers and parents to assure the success of our students in their musical and school careers.
Founded by the Lake Norman Kiwanis Club, MusicalMinds is a 501 (c) (3) program inspiring change in children and communities throughout Mecklenburg County. We recognize there are many children and families in the county that live at or below the poverty line. MusicalMinds strives to bring an innovative uplifting musical experience for students while enhancing our communities.
MusicalMinds has created its Nucleo Foundation at David Cox Road Elementary School. The ultimate goal is to build a multi-site combined youth orchestra that features new and returning students.
Our intensive music classes are held four days a week directly after school ends. Students are taken through a unique and creative program curriculum infused with best practices which keeps them engaged and aids them in music education and both academic and social growth. They are exposed to a variety of music genres with a major focus on classical music. Guest artists/musicians visits offer opportunities for further education and inspiration. Students get a chance to hone their performance skills, feel a sense of accomplishment and enrich the community by performing in varying venues throughout the community.
Outcomes and Benefits
Socially-Driven Music Education...
- Helps to meet physical and emotional health needs.
- Increases a personal sense of agency.
- Bridges gaps in cognitive skills.
- Improves math and verbal scores.
- Provides connection to a group.
- Strengthens interpersonal skills.
- Reduces disciplinary infractions.
The El Sistema learning model was founded in 1975 by Dr. Jose Antonio Abreu in Venezuela. In his country of 28 million people, 23 percent were living below the poverty level and in need of a program that would prove to be up lifting to the community. So far, over 300, 000 children are currently enrolled in the program, and over 800, 000 children have passed through the program since its inception.
To learn more about the El Sistema model, click the link below.