Project Rhythm Expands Music Education with Mobile Studio Programs

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Growing non-profit partners with host schools and community-based organizations

Project Rhythm, a non-profit organization that responds to demand for youth music programs and helps fill a growing void in music education, today announced it will expand its 2012 regional programming to include mobile music recording studios. These studios will educate young people through hands-on music instruction, collaboration, recording, production and performance, and will allow youth in underserved communities to gain the direct guidance and experience necessary to become successful creative professionals.

“Music education has many proven benefits including increasing college readiness,” said Jāmin Gilbert, Executive Director at Project Rhythm. “We are thrilled that with the introduction of our mobile music studios we will be able to expand our reach and leverage the power of music to touch so many more lives - no matter where people are.”

Project Rhythm uses music as an educational tool to improve the social and emotional, cognitive, school performance and job preparedness of youth who are poor in means, but rich in potential. In addition to dynamic classroom education, the organization’s programs are complemented by scholarships and internships that allow students to build trade-based job skills and benefit from the mentorship of working professionals and real-world professional environments.

Project Rhythm has formed partnerships with Sesame Street Workshop, Camp AmeriKids, P.S.307 (Brooklyn, NY), and ACS (Administration for Children’s Services) and their Juvenile Justice Department, to provide education and job readiness through music. Camp TLC, one of the first organizations to join forces with Project Rhythm, will roll out additional programs with the non-profit across five locations in the U.S. this year. By working together to offer unique programming, Project Rhythm and these vital schools and CSOs are providing young adults access to critical skills and knowledge of successful management techniques.
“Working with Project Rhythm for the past two years has been an amazing experience for my students,” said Diane Rigo, English Teacher at Brooklyn School for Career Development. “They have learned so much about writing and performing; all the while having a positive and fun learning experience.”

Music education impacts both cognitive and personal development, improves math skills, yields higher test scores, and increases college readiness. Project Rhythm connects to other benefits including enhanced self-confidence, discipline, communication skills, self-expression, cooperation, and healing.

Researchers have found a positive connection between music and overall school performance. Music education provides excellent preparation for future college students and those who plan to enter the workforce.

About Project Rhythm

Project Rhythm (Reaching Youth Through Music) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to using music as an educational tool to help provide instruction on musicianship, collaboration, and technical skills related to music recording and production. This organization responds to a demand for youth music programs and helps to fill the growing void in music education. For more information, visit ProjectRhythm.org

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Contact: Jāmin Gilbert, Executive Director, jamin (at) projectrhythm (dot) org, (646) 372-0433

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