Project Keys Into Youths’ Music Talents

Sarah Pacheco
Wednesday - April 29, 2009
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Nanakuli Elementary School will reap the benefits of a $47,833 grant given to the Honolulu Symphony’s Music Acceleration Program by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

“Thanks to the generous funding provided by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, more than 190 children at Nanakuli Elementary benefit from high-quality teaching and mentoring, which makes a lasting and positive impact on a young person’s growth,” stated Jon Magnussen, director of education and community outreach with the symphony.

The education project brings symphony musicians and staff into the classroom as an opportunity for fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders to regularly participate in music lessons while fostering problem-solving skills and building self-confidence. As part of the pilot program launched earlier this school year, students at Nanakuli have received a personalized introduction to five different symphony ensembles: string quartet, wind quintet, brass quintet, percussion trio and mixed ensemble with harp.


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The culmination of all their hard work will be on display for family and friends tonight (April 29) in a concert at Blaisdell Concert Hall. Students will sing and perform works including Hawaii Pono’i, Simple Gifts and an arrangement of melodies by the late Nona Beamer on their recorders as the full orchestra accompanies the fledgling musicians.

“Outreach to public schools is crucial everywhere, but especially in the under-served neighborhoods of our Island community,” said participating symphony member Riley Francis. “There shouldn’t be a monopoly on youthful talent, curiosity and potential. We owe it to ourselves to invest in that potential.”

MAP was developed in 2008 by the symphony’s education and community outreach group as a way to improve its service to outlying and historically under-served communities while increasing the frequency of educational experiences for each individual student in the state.

Following a year-end review, the symphony plans to expand MAP to other schools in outlying communities on Oahu.

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