February 2017

Leveling the playing field

“Talented students in low-income areas needed more opportunities to attend concerts, take private or semi-private lessons, and go to summer music camps. During this year’s auditions for All West Honor Orchestra, I saw three teachers from low-income schools – who each have Music Engagement Teaching Fellows – truly excited to see that we had some […]

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Q&A with Alberto Mejia of Creative Action

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MMI: Let’s start with a bit of background on Creative Action. Tell me about the organization’s work, a little about the history and how/when you became involved. Alberto Mejia: Creative Action’s mission is to spark the emotional, social and academic development of young people through cultural arts and creativity. Owning the fact that I’m relatively […]

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Making the old new again: Overton High School’s Memphis Jug Band

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  I have always believed in the power of heritage, and we—the community of Memphis— have the distinct privilege of being the recipients of a rich musical legacy. This legacy embodies in America a similar cultural identity to that of Mozart and Haydn in Vienna. One cannot visit Memphis without hearing the blues, visiting Graceland, […]

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Angel Street tackles after-school transportation challenges

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What began as a small children’s choir for a women’s Christmas event is now a fully operational after-school music-mentoring program. Angel Street serves girls ages 8-18 through musical performance training, songwriting, production, private music lessons and more. The all-girl environment provides a safe place for participants to share their voice both inward and outward. With […]

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