Brooklyn, NY (PRWEB) April 21, 2014
It is no secret that today we are living in a high pressure, extremely demanding time in education. The current system has decided to ignore the benefits to arts and music programs in efforts to meet the demanding standards of English and Math state exams. Despite showing the academic benefits of offering these programs, the pressure has not only affected the curriculum of Middle and Elementary schools, but has also impacted our Pre-K and Head Start programs. With many programs designed to transition students to the high pressure environment of standardized testing that exists in our public schools. For many education administrators, investing money from their already scarce budget on programs like music, may seem unnecessary and a waste of operational dollars. Keys 4 Success, is a newly launched organization with a mission to offer schools a more cost effective alternative and restore the love of learning through music, demonstrating to educational leaders how music can impact learning and build community between parents, teachers and students.
Keys 4 Success offers a curriculum designed to impact students between the ages of 2-6. The lessons are delivered to ensure students of different learning styles can engage and experience the joy of music. “We take foundational music concepts, and present them to each child visually, orally and kinesthetically” “At Keys 4 Success, we have a higher goal in mind, we want to develop students cognitive reasoning and social skills through music in such a way that not only prepares them for school, but also for life,” says CEO and Founder Gavin Ndabahaliye.
Recently the organization completed a successful pilot program at Cortelyou Early Childhood Center in Brookyln, New York and has since expanded to 6 more sites.
“Our children absolutely loved the curriculum and parents were impressed with all the new musical knowledge their kids were coming home with,” said Executive Director Sophia Francis. Parents are reporting their children showing more excitement about attending their school and believe Keys 4 Success is having a direct impact on that response.
So how does the program founder plan on addressing the challenges of tight operational budgets in our schools to introduce this music program? The answer is based on a diverse business model that includes options for voluntary enrollment and subsidized classes. Gavin understands the challenges many communities face with financial hardship and his vision is to ensure every child can experience the joy of music. That is why Keys 4 Success is developing an aggressive grants department that will advocate for community funding from various donors. “It’s going to take a lot of hard work and determination, but we believe in our mission and that belief will drive us to succeed and revive the respect for music programs in our schools,” said Gavin.