Music Educational Program, Young Voices, Expands Concert Experiences to New
Communities Including Fairfax’s EagleBank Arena on June 2, 2017
After an extremely successful introduction in the United States in 2015, the Young Voices musical education program is returning for a series of concerts this spring. Now in coordination with the National Association for Music Education (NAFME), American Young Voices is bringing a new and unique music experience to students in select cities in the Northeast, including Fairfax’s EagleBank Arena on June 2, 2017.
American Young Voices is not a competition, but an all-inclusive educational program designed to engage and unite children in grades 2 through 8 from all backgrounds to realize the power of music. Teachers spend months preparing their students during their choral or general music classes for the main event. Students work from a music education curriculum based on the National Core Music Standards supported by NAFME authored lesson plans, and the engaging repertoire features choral standards from classical to contemporary music that is fun and accessible to students. In addition to strengthening students’ skill sets in vocal range, diction, music literacy, as well as other musical elements that enhance student learning, the non-competitive nature of American Young Voices aligns with the evidence of music education supporting students’ developing 21st century skills: self-reflection, communication, collaboration, creativity and innovation.
With more than 20,000 students expected to participate in 2017, this program brings communities together at a time when school programming for the arts and music education in general is often at risk for reduction or elimination due to lack of funding. Together, the students will sing with a live band in a professional setting to a packed audience of friends and family. World-renowned conductor Francisco J. Núñez, the founder and artistic director of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, will lead the choir for the third straight year.
“It’s really amazing to see Young Voices thrive in the U.S.,” says Managing Director of American Young Voices, Ben Lewis. “We’ve seen children from all over the world develop a new love of music through this program. We’re very excited to continue growing and expanding across America.”
Conductor Francisco J. Núñez says, “I have seen first-hand the immense impact this American Young Voices phenomenon is having on children, parents, schools, and communities. It gives so many children the opportunity to come together to sing…each child surrounded by thousands of other children like themselves, all singing as one voice. The music the child learn for this occasion—from every genre and to all rhythms—is a catalyst for a love of music that will last throughout every child’s lifetime. The children leave energized with pride in what they have accomplished with the incentive to learn more.”
Young Voices, which began over 20 years ago in the U.K., supplements participating schools’ music education curriculum based on the National Core Music Standards. Teachers are provided with teaching aims and objectives in inquiry-based format, all materials including scores and recordings, as well as other resources and support for their music programs. Music is chosen to be fun and accessible to students of various age groups, backgrounds and abilities, from classrooms to general music classes to choral ensembles. The music is specially arranged to engage and inspire students’ personal successes, increase team building and build a diverse skill set of listening skills and overall appreciation of the arts.
For information on how to attend this year’s concert and get local students involved in the 2017 event, please visit AmericanYoungVoices.com.