On Thursday October 6th Education Through Music (ETM) unveiled a brand new Music Technology Lab at M.S. 180, a public middle school in the Bronx. This technology lab has been two years in the making and features state-of-the art music making equipment that will spark students' creativity and inspire them for a lifetime. Every enrolled student at M.S. 180, including those with special needs, has music education as part of their core discipline, and installing this Music Technology Lab will strengthen the music instruction already present within the school.
Principal Frank Uzzo, an inspiring school leader and staunch arts education advocate, worked with ETM and a variety of political partners in order to secure this music technology lab for his students. Uzzo expressed that having this music lab will keep M.S 180's music instruction current and exciting for middle school
The Bronx Borough President, who allocated resources for the Lab along with New York City Council Member Larry Seabrook, described in his speech that day, "When I was approached about putting in some capital funding for the music lab, it was a no brainer. Those of us in politics and in government understand that when you speak about education, it is more than just math, science, and reading."
Politicians, donors, educators, and supporters from across the five boroughs gathered at the Bronx middle school to enjoy an early morning breakfast and a tour of the music facilities which are available to all M.S. 180 students. Guests walked through the Music Technology Lab, the Choral Room, Band Room, Orchestra Room, and Orff Lab (for students with special needs), and supporters got to see firsthand the impact music education has made upon the entire school community. Witnessing Principal Uzzo's strong music program and vibrant school community, everyone present at the unveiling felt invigorated and proud of all M.S. 180 and ETM had worked to accomplish.