A new wave of young Boston students will have an extensive musical education at their fingertips, the city announced Monday afternoon at the Ellis Early Learning gym.
“Today, we are delighted to begin a wonderful new partnership between (BPS) and the New England Conservatory of Music to provide even more opportunities for students to learn music,” said Mayor Michelle Wu. “The $14.5 million grant secured by NEC will help expand music programs for the city’s school communities to provide free music education and instruments to students and their families.”
The partnership and anonymous donation will bring early childhood music education to more schools and expand access to NEC scholarships by 150%, said Andrea Karin, president of the Conservatory.
NEC Preparatory School currently serves over 1,300 students in private lessons, ensembles and music classes on campus.
Music can be key not only in children’s intellectual development, but also in their social and emotional development by helping them develop a sense of identity and connection.
“Growing up in an immigrant family, music was our connection. When I was elected. “Music was a way to unleash it all and connect on another level.”
Kalyn also spoke of the transformative role of instruments in her life, stating: Boston city. ”
The speakers sat in the gymnasium with the children, beating drums, xylophones, and sometimes a small violin.
NEC joins a long list of recent BPS partnerships focused on arts education, including organizations such as MGM Music Hall, Boston Symphony Orchestra and MassArt.
Wu wants to bring the arts to the forefront of the city’s identity in the same way that Bostonians tie their communal identity to sports franchises, groundbreaking businesses and education. ”