With its first student concert in years, the High School for Media and Communications in Washington Heights celebrated the return of instrumental music instruction to its halls. Students and faculty from the school were joined by Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, representatives of Amp Up NYC, Berklee College of Music, Little Kids Rock, and the NYC Department of Education, as well as State Senator Adriano Espaillat and Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez.
The school’s music room, used for storage and the occasional gym class until recently, is once again serving its intended purpose, as students under the direction of a newly-hired music teacher learn with instruments just delivered by Amp Up NYC, a nonprofit initiative of Berklee and Little Kids Rock. The High School for Media and Communications’ program will be shared with the three other high schools located in the George Washington campus.
“After a year of work, I’m thrilled that today we’re hearing students playing music in the Heights again,” said Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “The discipline it takes to practice, the confidence it takes to perform, and the combination of math and creativity it takes to compose have immense value that translates beyond music and art. Thanks to Amp Up NYC, its parent organizations, and especially Principal Juan Villar, students at these schools now have this vital connection to the performing and creative arts, and they will be working with state-of-the-art equipment.”
Donations to the school arranged by Amp Up NYC and its partners included seven classical guitars, five keyboard synthesizers, three Les Paul electric guitar packs including amplifiers and accessories, a Toby electric bass pack with amplifier and accessories, a drum set, a PA system, multiple microphones, cables, and other sound equipment. In addition, Little Kids Rock board member Nadine Levitt donated a new Yamaha Mini Grand Piano. Read more…