Harmony and Hard Work
|Students from the Music Haven program
Recognized as a top afterschool arts programs by the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities for three years running, Music Haven provides much more than musical instruction for Greater New Haven students.
“Where I live, most kids aren’t in Music Haven,” says one student in Music Haven’s “Harmony in Action” teen program. “They’re usually out on the street fighting and dealing drugs. Music Haven gives me a purpose not to do those kinds of things…The teachers at Music Haven are adults I trust with my problems, and they push us to be the best that we can be.”
Teamwork, leadership and other social skills are honed in Music Haven’s tuition-free programs. Group classes and individual lessons are taught by resident professional musicians, who also build community through family concert trips, workshops, Performance Parties and service-learning projects.
“Music Haven is about finding the intersection between passion and contribution,” explains founder and Executive Director Tina Hadari. “If we can inspire both our young people and our professional musicians to work hard to achieve their dreams in the context of serving the community around them, they will become powerful agents of change wherever they go.”
In a recent survey, 94% of students said they learned to work harder at things they want to accomplish; 84% said they feel more determined and capable of getting through difficult situations because of Music Haven.
With results like these, it’s no surprise that Music Haven has been supported by donors of The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven since a year after it opened its doors. More than $222,000 in grants have been made from several donor advised funds, as well as the Henry & Nancy Horton Bartels Fund for Education and the Arts Fund.
Learn more about Music Haven on giveGreater.org
Did You Know?
A national study of afterschool programs providing students with instruction in music and drama found important impacts on brain functions related to spatial reasoning and spatial-temporal reasoning. Students performed better in mathematics, problem solving and the process of relating ideas and objects in space and time.
Source: The Arts and Afterschool Programs: A Research Synthesis