New York, NY - [February 1, 2013] -Education Through Music will be featured this month by Passenger Project, Inc. (passengerproject.org) on its website as its February “Arts & Culture” charity. Passenger Project, conceived in August 2011, is an online retailer store dedicated to raising funds and promoting charities embodying a month’s preselected cause. Their mission, “Twelve months, twelve causes,” strives to leverage the power of the internet to mobilize younger audiences around issues that matter to them—in a tangible way.
Each year, new band and orchestra students have their debut performances in January, introducing themselves to their peers and parents. Called “Breakfast with the Band” or “Breakfast with the Orchestra”, first-year ensembles invite their parents and school communities to hear them play and then to talk about the program over juice and bagels.
On January 15, 2013 violin virtuoso Joshua Bell graciously lent his home for an Education Through Music (ETM) friendraiser to help grow ETM’s supporter and donor base. Guests, from the entertainment, finance and philanthropy communities, gathered to hear the Grammy Award-winning violinist perform and speak on behalf of Education Through Music.
ETM Academy is continuing throughout the school year, with sessions held during the months of November and January. Facilitated by Director of Programs Peter Pauliks and the program staff, these six-hour long workshops continued to provide professional support for our music teachers. The January session, for example, focused on a unit entitled ‘Recorder Power’, where music teachers played the instrument and addressed questions surrounding why this particular instrument is taught.
ETM is glad to welcome two new members to the Board of Directors this winter, Aly Alibhai and Manoj Susarla.
Mr. Alibhai is a Director in the Mergers & Acquisitions group at Citigroup Global Markets in New York. He has an MBA from Columbia Business School where he graduated Beta Gamma Sigma and a BSc. in Cell Biology and Genetics from the University of British Columbia. He resides in New York City with his wife and two children. He and his family are music enthusiasts and are advocates of immersing children, including their own, in music education at an early age.