Musical Mentors Collaborative Inc.
- New York
Musical Mentors Collaborative is a New York State legally-incorporated, 501(c)3 non-profit organization composed of 40+ Columbia University students who volunteer to provide weekly one-on-one instrumental and vocal music lessons to underprivileged elementary school students. Most of our instructors have formal musical training from a variety of backgrounds, including classical and jazz, and perform regularly as soloists or members of chamber groups, orchestras, or jazz ensembles. The students we teach are in grades 2-5 at a local public school, PS 145, on W 105th St. between Amsterdam Ave. & Columbus Ave. In order to stay true to our program platform, we only recruit students who qualify for the Federal Reduced Lunch Program. In addition to the incredible mentoring and close friendship they receive by taking lessons with our instructors, they also take part in workshops led by Columbia Music Department faculty, Columbia Music Department PhD students, and Grammy-nominated musicians (most recently, jazz trombonist Conrad Herwig and jazz pianist Ted Rosenthal). We also offer free concert tickets for students and their families to renowned venues, including Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Our recent fundraisers include bake sales during performance events at Miller Theatre and fundraising concerts in collaboration with Columbia musical organizations. Our most important event takes place at the end of each semester, when we hold a program-wide recital. This is an incredible opportunity for each student to showcase all of the progress they've made over the semester. Some students play a small piece, while others just take a bow. Our biggest reward is the satisfaction our students get in achieving something so great and the pride they take in what they've accomplished. Fundamentally, our main goal as instructors is to share our love of music with a child. Anyone interested in becoming an instructor, joining our mailing list, or learning more may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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