“Music has the power of producing a certain effect on the moral character of the soul, and if it has the power to do this, it is clear that the young must be directed to music and must be educated in it.”
– Aristotle, Politics
YMA provides music education to at-risk/underserved children in Alamance County
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A Distinctive Approach to Education and Community Building
Young Musicians of Alamance is a music instruction program offering ensemble instrumental and general music instruction to at-risk elementary, middle and high school students. Most of these students attend schools where 85% or more students qualify for free lunch. Qualified music teachers provide after school and Saturday lessons. Instruments are loaned to students so they may practice at home. These benefits are offered free, to children who otherwise would have little opportunity for this kind of instruction. Students receive six hours of instruction during the week. They receive healthy after school snacks and a hot, healthy lunch on Saturdays.
In addition to music instruction, Young Musicians of Alamance focuses on important social values such as respect for self and others, sharing of assistance and resources, mutual support and caring, self-discipline, and hard work.
The opportunity for educational enrichment in a safe and nurturing environment promises greater readiness for school among young children in low-income communities. Music is one way to counter some of the life-long disadvantages that are the result of a lack of economic stability, helping develop a positive sense of self and community, and empowering students. For instance, frequent performances of small ensembles and combined orchestral groups help develop pride and self-confidence in our students. Studies indicate that the earlier children – especially low-income children – are provided with music education, the greater the impact or benefit.
Young Musicians of Alamance is a proud member of El Sistema USA. The members of ESUSA envision a world where every child has access to music through intensive ensemble training and performance to promote positive youth development and thriving communities.
“Music education opens doors that help children pass from school into the world around them – a world of work, culture, intellectual activity, and human involvement. The future of our nation depends on providing our children with a complete education that includes music.” – Gerald Ford
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