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Aug 03, 2011
The Community Conservatory of Music recently received a Bucks Innovation and Improvement Grant award of $10,000 for its Neighborhood Notes program from Foundations Community Partnership. Neighborhood Notes brings together 15-19 year old, intermediate-advanced level Conservatory students who volunteer to be trained by Conservatory staff and provide free instruction and mentoring in music, drama and visual arts in an after-school setting in low-income neighborhoods. The goal of the program is to provide opportunities for artistic expression, improve self-esteem, and offer hope for children who often encounter the threat of violence and are surrounded by illegal drugs and gang influences. The program also provides teens with the opportunities to volunteer, mentor and share their love of the arts with younger children.
For over twenty-two years the Conservatory has been offering private lessons, group classes and performance opportunities in music, visual art and drama to everyone in the community. In addition to lessons and classes, the Conservatory offers opportunities to pursue arts education to underserved populations through programs such as: Neighborhood Notes, Arts for Seniors - free concerts at senior facilities and deeply discounted lessons and group classes for ages 60 and older, Prelude Project - creative music, dance, and visual art therapies for children and adults with special needs, and Tuition Assistance - financial help for students who cannot afford music lessons or classes.
Conservatory Executive Director Chris Dwyer expressed his deep appreciation for the support Foundations Community Partnership has provided for Neighborhood Notes. "This funding enables us to continue to reach out to at-risk children and provide hope and opportunities to help them overcome a variety of challenges."
Pictured Above: Children are led by Conservatory student-teacher Chris Ruenes as they express themselves musically during a Neighborhood Notes session.
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