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PRIZM in the Schools

PRIZM in the Schools introduces high-level music making to students in underserved communities by giving them regular instruction from and interaction with professional musicians.

The program includes 6 weeks of weekly lessons, and seminars on topics ranging from concert etiquette, performance etiquette, bowing, to public speaking. The program culminates in several performances by students, and joint performances of PRIZM Ensemble and students.

Goal

To introduce high-level music making to students in underserved communities by giving them regular instruction from and interaction with professional musicians

Method

  • 6 weeks of weekly lessons for 4 small ensembles of 3-5 students
  • 5 short seminars on topics ranging from concert etiquette, performance etiquette, bowing, to public speaking
  • 1 performance of students
  • 2 joint performances of PRIZM Ensemble and students

Impact

  • Working to rebuild the music program at schools in underserved neighborhoods
  • Provides positive mentoring for music students in middle and high schools
  • Gives students meaningful and valuable interaction with adult professional musicians
  • Gives an opportunity for students to have models of performance excellence
  • Shares classical music in a way that connects the community to the performance through the music mentors and the student performers
  • Teaches other skills such as public speaking, dedication, preparation, teamwork, and pride in your product
  • Select students receive scholarships to attend the PRIZM
  • With proper funding, the program could revitalize a high school music program through its implementation at the high school and the feeder middle schools