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2016 Music in Schools Winter Festival

The Music in Schools Initiative Hosts Music Festivals for NHPS Students
March 3, 2016

IMG_5851For 120 New Haven Public Schools students, vacation from school doesn’t mean taking a break from music.  During the NHPS Winter Break (Feb. 16-19), the Music in Schools Initiative hosted its annual Winter Festival for students across New Haven.  Nineteen Yale School of Music graduate students participated as Teaching Artists, providing instrument-specific instruction, leading sectionals and ensembles, and developing close relationships with their students.

Each morning, band, strings, and choir students representing 23 schools assembled at Lincoln-Bassett School and Fair Haven School.  Students enjoyed a variety of music instruction, including private lessons, small sectionals, and large ensembles, working closely with both NHPS music educators and Yale School of Music teaching artists.  The result was a week of joyful music-making in a welcoming (and warm!) environment.  The Festival culminated with a performance for family and friends, as well as a much-anticipated pizza party!

The collaboration between NHPS music teachers and YSM teaching artists is a vital aspect not only of the Winter Festival, but of the Music in Schools Initiative as a whole.  It is the belief of Music in Schools that music education thrives within a partnership between public schools and private organizations.  The Winter and Spring Festivals are free to any New Haven Public School student in grades 4-8.  The Music in Schools team is already planning for the 2016 Spring Festival in April!


It is very encouraging to see Yale music students working in the public schools. Music education is a vital part of every child’s development. We at Music for Youth, Inc., based in Westport, Connecticut, have been working in residence in area schools, particularly Bridgeport, since 1995. We are happy to see similar efforts continuing so well in New Haven. Keep up the good work of demonstrating the importance of music education for all! -Cynthia Cummiskey JE 85

March 9th, 2016 | Cynthia Cummiskey

Working in the public schools is a really good idea.

April 13th, 2016 | Anny

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