As part of his senior project, my son, Spenser, has taken on the challenge of organizing a benefit concert. He is a senior at Souderton Area High School and each senior is required to complete a project. They must give a presentation on the project to a panel of teachers and get a grade of 70% or better in order to graduate.
I am very proud of Spenser for choosing a project that reflects his passion, music lessons, education and opportunities.
Spenser decided to have a benefit concert to raise money so that kids who were less fortunate, unable to pay for lessons, could get lessons for free.
After some on-line research, he chose to partner with Musicopia.
During this research there were several organizations found. University of Pennsylvania has a program called Penn Music Mentoring Program. These college students are dedicating time to enrich the lives of children grades K-12 by providing them music programs/lessons in their schools. More information about PMMP can be found on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/PennMusicMentoringProgram.
I was suprised to find that the Salvation Army also has music programs. There is a Pioneer School of Music and Arts in Philadelphia. This community center offers free weekly group music classes to children ages 7-15. They can participate in the teen band. Classes are for piano, brass or percussion. More information about this program in Kensington can be found @ http://www.use.salvationarmy.org/use/www_use_philadelphiadhq.nsf/vw-sublinks/6A0FB08E4CE3E7C78525740B007062E8?openDocument.
And there are others.
The one Spenser chose was Musicopia. They serve the Delaware Valley/Philadelphia area. This orgranization is comprised of professional musicians who go into the schools and advocate for restoring and improving in-school music instruction. Their mission, from their website (musicopia.net):
Musicopia’s mission is to bring a vibrant combination of music performance and education to students and communities throughout the Delaware Valley, with a particular focus on geographical areas that lack adequate music programs or are cut off from the region’s rich cultural life. With the goal of inspiring a deep love and knowledge of great music, Musicopia’s programs promote the transformative powers of music, the value of musical discipline and an appreciation of cultural diversity.
Last year they provided almost 700 programs throughtout Phila, Bucks, Montgomery, Chester, Berks and Delaware Counties. They collect used musical instruments and partner with repair shops to repair these instruments to be used by the children.
Wouldn't it be wonderful to be a part of giving music lessons, education and musical opportunities to the community? To our children? Spenser thinks so. He has had the luxury of music programs in his schools, private lessons and a wonderful program at Fort Washington School of Rock and wants to give to those children who lack what he has been fortunate enough to experience.
He is holding a benefit concert, Rock for Musicopia.
Rock for Musicopia, will feature 4 local teen bands. One of the bands, The Vitals, is his own band.
On Saturday October 20th, the concert will be held at the Fort Washington School of Rock, 425A Delaware Ave, Fort Washington, PA.
The concert will start at 7pm. Tickets are $5 at the door.
All proceeds will go to Musicopia.
This is how one grateful high school music student is giving to his community.
More information about Rock for Musicopia can be found on FaceBook. https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/events/453515541368000/
For more information about Musicopia, you can find them on Facebook or at www.musicopia.net.
If you are not able to attend the concert, but are interested in donating to Spenser's endeavor with Musicopia, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.