Young Musician’s Mentor Alliance
2015 Teacher Grant
Recipients: Timothy Krohn – Huron High School Teacher & Katie Sesi – Huron High School Student
Schools Serviced: Clague, Tappan, and Scarlett-Mitchell Middle Schools
Grant Amount Awarded: $1060
Keeping Kids in Music
More than 50% of musical students quit playing an instrument within 1-2 years of beginning to learn it. The most vulnerable grade levels of students are those in 6th and 7th grades.
The most common reasons for quitting musical enrichment?
Hating it, too busy, not important, and what’s the point?
What IS the Point?
Music keeps your brain working better longer. Researchers at Northwestern University found that even modest amounts of musical training received during primary and secondary schooling offset age-related decline in cognitive and neural function in older adults.
Making Music Together
In an effort to keep music fun, relevant, and interesting YMMA was born. An after school extracurricular activity that centers around mentorship, peer interaction, music, and snacks seems like a sweet deal to a kid on the brink of leaving their instrument. Giving students a time to practice, opportunity to learn, and friends to do it with. YMMA provides free mentorship with the goal of high scores at MSBOA solo and ensemble competition.
More than a Snack Club
Each YMMA mentee receives a YMMA t-shirt, access to the 75 minute practice sessions, an instrument manual, and The 5 Ss’ for Success – a manual created by the high school mentors for the the younger students.
It’s Good for You
The Journal of Neuroscience reported in 2014 that after-school string programs serve to have a positive biological impact on the developing nervous system of at-risk children.
Recognition of Dedication
The High School students receive multiple weekly opportunities to volunteer their expertise and guide younger musicians in the pursuit of excellence. Along with the reward of seeing their students learn and grow they are entered into running for Mentor of the Year. The mentor with the most number of YMMA volunteer hours is awarded the highly coveted trophy in the spring.