2013-05-08 / Front Page

Koo Allocates $10K For Children's Music Program

Students from P.S. 22 with (from l.); Dorothy Savitch, director of Music Partners; Priscilla Milito, principal P.S. 22; Karen Greer, executive director Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music, Councilmember Peter Koo and Eleni Yalanis, teaching artist, Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music.Students from P.S. 22 with (from l.); Dorothy Savitch, director of Music Partners; Priscilla Milito, principal P.S. 22; Karen Greer, executive director Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music, Councilmember Peter Koo and Eleni Yalanis, teaching artist, Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music.Councilmember Peter Koo and the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music provided an update regarding a music program for local students. Koo allocated $10,000 in discretionary funding to the conservatory, also known as the Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music, for programs which provide music instruction, music therapy and concerts for local students. Students performed a brief concert as part of the presentation.
The Music Partners program at P.S. 22 in Flushing, began in 2003. Students were given professional music lessons in the Strings program, which included weekly instruction in violin, viola, cello, and bass. The 24-week program serves 202 fourth and fifth grade students.
Koo stated, “It is important to fund programs that enrich a child’s educational experience. Research has found that learning music facilitates learning other subjects and enhances skills that children will use in other areas. A music-rich experience for children of playing instruments, singing and dancing creates an important benefit to children as they progress into more formal learning. I want to thank Karen Greer, executive director of the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and P.S. 22 Principal Priscilla Milito for their dedication and commitment to our students.”
Qualified organizations (usually nonprofits), are able to apply for two types of funding through the City Council: Capital Funding and Discretionary (Member-Line Item) Funding. Capital funding is typically for construction purposes, whereas discretionary funding is typically for programmatic purposes, for example programs at senior centers and after-school programs. Most organizations apply for discretionary funding to administer important community programs. If a group is interested in applying for funding, they can do so via the city council’s Web site. Each councilmember reviews applications for funding and allocates funding to groups providing needed services.
 

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