YMMA

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

 

A Clague Student is mentored by Katie Sesi during YMMA practice.  Image by Rebecca Rowe

A Clague student is mentored by Huron High School musician Katie Sesi during YMMA practice. Image by Rebecca Rowe

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?

A Scarlett Student is mentored by a Huron High musician during YMMA practice. Image by Rebecca Rowe

 

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.

 

 

A Clague student is mentored by a Huron High musician during YMMA practice.  Image by Rebecca Rowe

A Clague student is mentored by a Huron High musician during YMMA practice. Image by Rebecca Rowe

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.

 

 

 

Scarlett students are mentored by a Huron High musician during YMMA practice.  Image by Rebecca Rowe

Scarlett students are mentored by a Huron High musician during YMMA practice. Image by Rebecca Rowe 

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.

 

 

A Clague Student is mentored by a Huron High musician during YMMA practice. Image by Rebecca Rowe

A Clague Student is mentored by a Huron High musician during YMMA practice. Image by Rebecca Rowe

 

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.

 

 

A Scarlett Student is mentored by a Huron High musician during YMMA practice.  Image by Rebecca Rowe

A Scarlett Student is mentored  during YMMA practice. Image by Rebecca Rowe

 

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.

 

 

 

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