The azaleas blooming in the yard indicate that Spring is decidedly
here and with it comes the excitement of annual end-of-year
musical events. This issue features student performances with
an emphasis on "kids helping kids" and great music-making at
the Mall of America in Minnesota. Our DC urban program is blossoming
as well this year, with several foundation funders applauding
our efforts and an outdoor celebration at a national conference.
We also look forward to bringing summer musical experiences
to MusicLink students through our camp scholarship program.
The end of the year is a time to reflect on our growth and success,
but mostly just to sit back and listen to the wonderful music
our students are making in communities across the country. Our
thanks again to our dedicated MusicLink teachers and coordinators
for making these musical experiences possible.
MusicLink Students Receive
Steinway Educator Grant
Eddie Mason, Patti Nyien, Faith Mason
The Educator Grant Program is now in its second year and is
distributed through the Local Association of the Music Teachers
National Association. My MusicLink students were awarded the
grant based on merit and need. The grant will be used to pay
for tuition, materials, fees and will also pay off the balance
of their piano loan. Recently, Faith was diagnosed with Scoliosis
and must wear a brace 12 hours each day. The medical bills
are increasing. Although they have insurance, their co-pay
was $500 last month. The grant will go far to further their studies.
They have taken lessons for a combined total of more than seven years.
Faith Mason started lessons June 18, 2003 participating in the
AIM (Illinois State Achievement in Music) program level 2 her
first year and was selected for the honors recital. Continuing
to advance one level each year, she is currently on level 7.
Faith has also participated in the October Festival. Her brother,
Eddie Mason, began lessons on June 22, 2006. He also participated
in AIM as a kindergartener receiving the highest score for level
1A March 2007. Eddie is currently a second grader working on
level 2 AIM.
I helped them purchase my neighbor's used piano the Fall of
2005 after hearing that their piano was "un-tunable". The grant
allows me to continue my commitment to these students and encourage
them to keep improving by recognizing their effort. Patti Nyien
NCTM, Westmont IL
Receives Foundation Funding
The Metropolitan DC MusicLink urban program has received a grant
for $35,000 from the Webber Family Foundation to support efforts
to expand the program to more inner-city sites and continue
suburban growth. The inner-city program has reached over 100
students thus-far with plans to double enrollment next year
by adding several partnerships with charter schools and youth
mentorship organizations. We thank Jessica D'Arcy and Marisol Foster
for sharing their interest in our mission.
One DC site has been awarded an annual grant of $2,500 from
the Louise P. Zanar Fund of the Community Foundation for the
National Capitol Region. This grant will provide support for
a keyboard and percussion after school program at the Septima
Clarke Charter School, which serves preschool through second
grade boys in Southeast DC. Our thanks to DC Coordinator Tisidra
Jones and Elizabeth McGrail for forming this ongoing partnership.
DC MusicLink Kids Perform
for After School Alliance
DC MusicLink Kids
Students from our DC Urban program were invited to perform at
the national conference for the After School Alliance organization.
Enthusiasm was overwhelming, with our MusicLink students bringing
parents, siblings, as well as aunts, cousins, and grandparents
to the reception program. This family support for music is a
major goal for our urban program, which received applause and
national recognition through this conference performance experience.
MusicLink CD and DVD Now Available
Joanne Haroutounian, Gary Ingle
We thank the MTNA Foundation for providing a $5,000 grant to
produce a new promotional DVD called "Faces of MusicLink" and
a double CD of student performances titled "MusicLink Shining
Stars - A Student Showcase." Joanne Haroutounian personally
presented our first copies of these wonderful media PR products
to Gary Ingle at the MTNA Conference in Atlanta in March. We
thank Brian Chung and the MTNA Foundation for their support
of our efforts to showcase the outstanding talents of our students
and the array of profiles featured on our DVD that reflect the many
aspects of our program.
The following students are featured on our double MusicLink
Shining Stars CD: Vladislav and Yuri Boguinia (CO), Tram Bui (OR),
Diana Fang (VA), Ik Hoon Jung (OR), Kevin Lu (VA), Dasha
Poroshina (OF), Araxi Sayadian (IL), Kai Talim (OR), Alistair,
Imala, and Nygel Witherspoon (MN).
Faces of MusicLink can be seen on our website and on our change.
org page in three sections. It portrays the program through
the voices, faces, and music of our students, teachers, coordinators,
and parents - from MN, DC, OR, and Mexico.
The DVD ($25) and CD ($15) are available through website orders
or emailing the national office.