Music Education Empowers Inner City Youth
Since 2001, music education funding has dropped by nearly 20% according to the National Association for Music Education. In response, the Julliard created the Music Advancement Program (MAP) for minorities between the ages of 8 and 14. The program specifically encourages African Americans, Native American,s and Latino students to apply to the program in order to advance their music education.
The MAP program challenges students beyond their perceived capabilities in order to successfully audition for advanced music preparatory programs.
The MAP program recently received a $5 million dollar donation from Michael Moritz, and his wife, Harriet Heyman, a writer, which covers most of the $7 million dollar endowment needed to keep the program running.
Some Kind of Spark:
A recent documentary about the Julliard program, Some Kind of Spark, offers a glimpse into the impact of the MAP program on urban youths. The documentary shows how the program extends beyond music education, and teaches youths about the importance of commitment, dedication, and practice. It’s clear from the film that the teachers push the kids in order to instill confidence.
Some people come into our lives, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never the same
Truly the MAP program is a celebration of urban education, and touches the lives of many minority students accross New York.