Arts Leadership Library
- MAKING MUSIC WITH SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS
Cello-violin sister duo Olivia and Charlotte Marckx have visited and performed for 10 different special-needs classrooms in the greater Seattle area over the past two years. Learn how they tailor each performance to their audience, play a variety of repertoire, and interact with the audience between pieces.
- BRINGING JOY TO BETHESDA’S SENIOR CITIZENS
Even at the age of 10, pianist Avery Gagliano could see the positive influence that music can have on others. This notion inspired her to visit with the residents at the Sunrise Senior Living at Fox Hill. Check out her story.
- HELPING TO KEEP HIS SCHOOL’S MUSIC PROGRAM STRONG AND ALIVE
After receiving notice that the Interlake High School music department was in need of financial support, pianist Dong Won Lee decided to take action.
- BRINGING SMILES TO ALBANY’S YOUTH RECEIVING FAMILY THERAPY AND SUPPORT
“I was working with underprivileged kids who had been through a lot of tough life experiences, and who may not have cared for classical music… this was pretty eye-opening for me, as I really had to rethink how I would share my music.”
- DEMONSTRATING THE POWERFUL CONNECTION BETWEEN MUSIC AND HEALING
In January of 2001, six-year-old Hannah Moses was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. While being treated at the Cleveland Clinic, she found her cello to be a source of both comfort and happiness. Fast forward to 2012 – Hannah, now cancer free, wanted to share the healing power of music and highlight its importance
as a method of therapy.
- “CROSSING STRINGS” IN THE COMMUNITY THROUGH PEER MENTORSHIP
After having the chance to work with younger kids at a summer music festival, violinist Jisoo Kim was inspired to continue teaching in her own neighborhood. She created Crossing Strings: a program that provides free weekly violin lessons for elementary-aged students at the Ridgefield Public Library.
- PLAY ON PHILLY
Stanford Thompson is the founder and director of Play on Philly (POP): a tuition-free program inspired by El Sistema, Venezuela’s publicly funded classical music education program.
- PLAYING FOR THE FIGHTING SIXTY-NINTH
“Yesterday I had probably the most incredible and moving experience of my life. Juilliard organized a quartet to go play at the Armory. The Armory is a huge military building where families of people missing from (the September 11th attack) go to wait for news of their loved ones.”
- YOUTUBE: A POWERFUL TOOL FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
Pentatonix’s Kevin Olusola and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s Michael Thurber talk about music on YouTube.
- WHAT MUSIC CAN DO (MUSIC THERAPY)
“[Music] is such an underrated resource, yet people use music every day… it is everywhere we go and it is used to alter or encourage our own moods. My hope is that people will be able to recognize music…as a tool to help others overcome obstacles in their life.”
- FOUNDING THE ANIMATO PROJECT
Pianist Arianna Korting is passionate about showing younger kids how enjoyable and fun classical music can be. As a sophomore in high school, she founded the Animato Project – an interactive series of programs for 4th graders from the West Geauga school district.
- TEACHING WITH THE FAIRVIEW VOLUNTEER PROJECT
18-year-old violinist Maria Sanderson visited her local elementary school to share music with young violin students in Bloomington, Indiana’s Fairview Violin Project. Though she had previously volunteered as an assistant teacher in the program, this was Maria’s first experience leading her own sessions.