“Project Rhythm has truly changed my life.” – Tamika, Project Rhythm alumna
"Project Rhythm helps kids live their dreams.” - Rodney, Project Rhythm volunteer
Project Rhythm helped me find my goals in life.” – Shingi, Project Rhythm alumni
Brooklyn, NY (PRWEB) September 22, 2011
Project Rhythm (Reaching Youth Through Music), a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering NYC’s underserved youth through the instrument of music, today announces the launch of its web site, ProjectRhythm.org and programming expansion.
The launch of the Project Rhythm will increase the reach of Project Rhythm’s services at a critical juncture not only in the growth of the organization but also in the life of regional public schools, many of which are currently facing reductions to music education and other arts programs.
Numerous studies have shown the benefits of music education including social and emotional development, mathematics and pattern-recognition skills, confidence, expression, cooperation, self-regulation, leadership and good listening, which predict cognitive achievement and academic success.
Since its beginning in 2008, Project Rhythm has worked with a number of partner organisations, most recently the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), to bring these benefits to the underserved youth of New York. Project Rhythm’s programs provide students with the the opportunity to explore music, engage in collaborative practices, develop technical skills and write, record, and produce songs based on their own poetry. “Project Rhythm helps me get out of my shell… its like wow, I can do this. I can play the piano, I can write songs. It gives me confidence. It’s a really great experience.” said Tamika one of Project Rhythm’s students.
Gaby Moss, Executive Director of Camp AmeriKids, feels strongly that Project Rhythm is answering a community call for accessible music education in New York. “While learning about music, our campers develop collaboration skills, active listening, and how to support and respect each other through the creative process. Each child feels connected to the final product, and can proudly share it with his or her peers. For years, we’ve watched Project Rhythm inspire our kids to speak up, give their opinions and insight, and discover a deep sense of pride in their contributions.”
Project Rhythm is committed to empowering youth by incubating and growing youth music programs with the help of host partners such as BAM and The Brooklyn School for Career Development, CampAmerikids, JamOnDumbo and P.S. 307 and is excited to be expanding these programs and partnerships in 2011 and beyond.
The launch of ProjectRhythm.org not only offers visitors the opportunity to learn about what Project Rhythm can do for the youth of New York and gain a deeper understanding of Project Rhythm’s vision, programs and goals for the future but also provides a resource to educators and community based organizations seeking to use music as an instrument for youth education and empowerment.
“Project Rhythm exists to fill the void left in New York's public school systems when music education was cut from the budgets. We have a big message to get out to the youth, parents, educators and youth program directors of New York and we are excited to have a new vehicle to use to engage with the community,” said Jamin Gilbert, Founder and President of Project Rhythm. “This web site will help get everyone as excited about what Project Rhythm can do as we all are."
Information for Editors
Project Rhythm was founded in 2008 by Jāmin Gilbert (also founder and president of Ishlab and Ishlab Music Studio) as a nonprofit organization that responds to a demand for youth music programs and helps to fill a growing void in music education.
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