Imagine an entire school—students, teachers, and administrators—taking time each morning to turn inward together and listen to a brief mindfulness prompt and world-class music. Mindful Music Moments works in partnership with world-class performing arts organizations, such as The Cleveland Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, Columbus Association for the Performing Arts, Austin Opera, and Starting Arts, to bring daily mindfulness and classical music to schools, generally delivered during announcements. Primary, elementary, middle, and high school participants enjoy an average of four minutes per audio recording. A Day 1 sample recording, “Fanfare for the Common Man,” is accessible online. The recordings for Days 2–5 of each week are shorter. Character strength tie-ins, fun facts, and prompts are offered for each week of music, and materials are available for teachers to use for repetition later in the day, if they wish. Also included are training for the entire staff on the science of brain development and the deep effectiveness of mindfulness and music listening, as well as communication to parents on how they can repeat the program at home. The website provides details about pricing and financial support for schools to help with funding the program.
NextNotes is a national program, sponsored by the American Composers Forum, to nurture the next generation of creative voices in music of all styles. Talented young artists convene as a cohort and receive mentorship, scholarship funds, and recognition through a national awards ceremony.
Hamilton and The Gilder Lehrman Institute (GLI) of America have launched #EduHam at Home, a free digital program for students and their families to explore the world of the Pulitzer Prize–winning musical and America’s founding era.
The American Protégé International Vocal Competition is intended for singers who would like to challenge themselves in a competitive environment. The competition is open to solo vocalists and vocal groups of all ages, nationalities, and countries.