The program essentially offers harp lessons to 5th - 12th graders either during school or after school. In addition to learning musical skills, the kids involved have opportunities to apply for various college scholarships, thereby increasing the likelihood they will continue their education after college. Brilliant.
Much to my mother's dismay I'm sure, I have left my musical days far behind and honestly don't think much about the importance of music in schools. I always had the luxury (??) of receiving the appreciation (and lessons) of music at home. For those who don't, however, programs such as this one give kids exposure to all sorts of great art. Given the downturn in the economy, and the loss of a significant foundation, the Urban Youth Harp Ensemble has initiated a Dime a Day, asking for just $36.50 per year to help fund the program.
Family and Friends concert next Monday, May 19, 7:00 PM in Leete Hall at Carver High School.