Partners for Strings Virgin Islands Youth Orchestra
FREE orchestra Member Group Lessons/Rehearsals/Sectionals for Partners for Strings, Inc. will take place at G-Clef Music Academy. Partners for Strings VIYO will conduct weekly group lessons, rehearsals, and sectionals Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 4:30pm to 6:30pm for nine months (school year) on St. Thomas and St. Croix. Initially, the Partners for Strings VIYO will begin recruiting students from schools on St. Thomas and St. Croix. Youth from St. John will also be encouraged to participate.
The main objective is to target students who are at risk and underserved/under-resourced. Partners for Strings is projecting 30 students per location, for the total of 60 to participate in the orchestra in the first year. The orchestra will increase to 90 students the second year and grow to 120 students for the third year.
Experienced Teachers and an a conductor will lead youth, ages 6 to 17, in the further development of an excellent youth orchestra on St. Thomas and St. Croix. Instruction will be a hybrid of in person and online Teaching Artists with the support of Miami Music Project--instructors on St. Croix and on St. Thomas. These teachers will be leading lessons/rehearsals/sections in the following instruments: Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion, and Steel Pan. Partners for Strings will creatively incorporate Caribbean cultural music in its repertoire. Your support will defray the costs of instructors, facility use, student transportation, the purchase of instruments, program and administrative staff, and music supplies and technology.
Partners for Strings will also institute the passionate and transformative strategies that have made the Miami Music Project a major catalyst for positive changes in the member's families and in the local community. PFS appreciates the opportunity to make a greater impact in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
CALL (340) 344-6449 for more information
U.S. Virgin Islands Youth
Ages 6 to 17
Meet Miami Music Project
Miami Music Project is currently in the process of partnering with Partners for Strings, Inc. This affiliation will provide valuable input towards establishing a viable and powerful structure for Partners for Strings. Please see the attached letter of support from the President of Miami Music Project.
Miami Music Project is a Florida-based 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that is “Composing Better Lives”. Miami Music Project uses music as an instrument for social transformation, empowering children to acquire values and achieve their full potential; positively affecting their society through the study and performance of music. Miami Music Project’s vision is to create opportunity and access through music for those most in need, improve the quality of life for children today and ultimately transform their lives, the lives of their families, and their communities.
Emerging as a model for music education programs nationally, Miami Music Project offers free of charge, after-school programming to all students with no barriers to entry, regardless of race or economic status. As of today, Miami Music Project has reached over 30,000 children and youth across Miami-Dade County, becoming one of the largest socially transformative music initiatives in the United States. Miami Music Project's programming is inspired by the El Sistema phenomenon - a model for social change and a visionary global movement that transforms the lives of children through music.
Interested in supporting the transformation of children through music?
CALL Partners for Strings Virgin Islands Youth Orchestra at (340) 344-6449
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Partners for Strings President, Gloria Gumbs and Miami Music Project President Anna Klimala want you to PARTNER with us to CHANGE the LIVES of Virgin Islands FAMILIES.
El Sistema, a program that began over forty years ago with eleven struggling music students in an abandoned parking lot in Caracas, has grown to include 750,000 children in Venezuela and has sparked one of the world’s most remarkable social initiatives. The program has sprung up in over 60 countries across the world, inspired by the vision of its founder, José Antonio Abreu. “When you put a violin in the hands of a child,” Abreu has said, “that child will not pick up a gun.”
Miami Music Project seeks to transform youth in the following areas:
1) Develop values of community through sharing and teamwork
2) Develop creativity and discipline perseverance and self-esteem
3) Inspire children to reach excellence through their own efforts
4) Improve the school performance of children
5) Strengthen the unity of families.
Above all, Miami Music Project is a community development organization. Its aim is to positively impact the lives of children living in under-represented communities, facing poverty, violence, discrimination, and other adverse factors that they have no control over, yet are subjected to day after day.
The organization specifically chose music as a vehicle for social change. Music helps children unlock the intellectual potential for academic achievement and gain the self-confidence needed to succeed, ultimately overcoming the disadvantages of poverty and inequality. Music education accelerates brain development, increases academic success, and fosters significant lifelong benefits for those who have access.
All programming is provided free of charge to students, thus eliminating the financial barrier that inhibits so many families from pursuing the arts. Curriculum is designed specifically for at-risk youth, incorporating elements of Social Emotional Learning and Positive Youth Development, with independent research studies supporting that our approach helps develop academic, cognitive, and social skills needed for success in life.