Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Change for Kids: Music Lessons for Kids

A few Bronx area kindergarten teachers had to raise funds for school supplies for their students.  It eventually grew to become Change for Kids.  The nonprofit now brings literacy, arts and music to the Bronx students.

The music program, for example, left the school's "25 violins gathering dust."

"CFK founder Ted Madara contacted Derek Mithaug a department head at Juilliard, who recommended several accomplished violinists in their program who might be strong teaching candidates. We found a perfect match in Majid Khaliq, an outstanding Juilliard-trained violinist with a firm commitment to teaching. Without funding, though, the program would remain dark.

Two members of the CFK community, Ricardo Pascoe and Arielle Tepper, stepped up to sponsor a one-year pilot. Nine years later, the program is still going strong and this spring 14 of Mr. Majids violin students attended the Carnegie Hall performance of Lemony Snickett's "The Composer is Dead".  Additionally, the CFK Violin Program has been featured on NBC's Today Show."