Young Musicians of Alamance Vision:
Offering children a pathway for character and leadership development through equitable access to music education.
Young Musicians of Alamance Mission:
We will provide a safe and nurturing environment where children will develop musical, social, and academic skills, enabling them to explore limitless opportunities. Our goals are to:
improve the life trajectories of students,
encourage pride and hope for their families, and
foster good citizens for the greater community.
Young Musicians of Alamance is based on the El Sistema model of music education. Young Musicians of Alamance is a proud member of El Sistema USA.
From the El Sistema website: "The National System of Youth and Children's Orchestras and Choirs of Venezuela is a social and cultural work of the Venezuelan State. Also known as El Sistema , it was conceived and founded in 1975 by Venezuelan teacher and musician José Antonio Abreu to systematize the collective and individual instruction and practice of music through symphony orchestras and choirs, as instruments of social organization and humanistic development."
El Sistema USA's Mission:
To support and grow a nationwide movement of programs inspired by El Sistema to effect social change through music for children with the fewest resources and the greatest need.
El Sistema USA's Vision:
El Sistema USA supports El Sistema-inspired organizations to provide music education to underserved youth, developing the essential life skills and habits of mind they need to lead successful lives.
Advantages of Music Education for Children
1. Musical training helps develop language and reasoning
2. A mastery of memorization
3. Students learn to improve their work
4. Increased coordination
5. A sense of achievement
6. Kids stay engaged in school
7. Success in society
8. Emotional development
9. Students learn pattern recognition
10. Better SAT scores
11. Fine-tuned auditory skills
12. Music builds imagination and intellectual curiosity
13. Music can be relaxing
14. Musical instruments can teach discipline
15. Preparation for the creative economy
16. Development in creative thinking
17. Music can develop spatial intelligence
18. Kids can learn teamwork
19. Responsible risk-taking
20. Better self-confidence
Schedule for 2019-2020 School Year
YMA meets every Saturday (excluding national and school year) holidays. The lessons are held in our donated rehearsal space at the First Reformed United Church of Christ at 513 W Front Street, Burlington, NC. A hot, healthy lunch is served to students during a break in lessons.
After School lessons are held throughout the school year at Broadview Middle School, located at 2229 Broadview Dr, Burlington, NC 27217. These lessons are held Mondays and Wednesdays (excluding national and school holidays and teacher workdays). A healthy snack is served to students prior to lessons beginning each day.
Lessons are taught by qualified music instructors, many of whom are teachers in the Alamance Burlington School System.