Collaborating with local institutions since 2001
For each section of the Neighborhood Choirs, we collaborate with a local educational institution or school district to provide children the opportunity to sing in their own neighborhoods. NC OLLU, established in 2001, provided singers a 5-7 week course at Our Lady of the Lake University. We established NC Harlandale in 2008, which partners with Harlandale ISD for two semesters of music at Harlandale Middle School. Part of our efforts to reach these communities stems from the numerous studies analyzing the benefits of music participation. A recent study stated that music participation impacts many variables of academic success: fewer discipline reports and higher grade point averages, graduation rates, attendance rates, and standardized test scores. Students reported in this study that participating in music class made them feel “happier, relaxed, and more accomplished,” and that music classes gave them “a sense of belonging and a place where they could feel confident and at peace” (Prelude: Music Makes Us). Additionally, music-making has been shown to relieve stress, curb anxiety, reduce depression, and enhance self-esteem.
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