Indian Hill Music Receives Grant from Nypro Foundation to Partner with Clinton High School

April 3, 2019

Indian Hill Music Receives Grant from Nypro Foundation to Partner with Clinton High School

Music Education Center Providing Lessons in Percussion, Woodwind to Clinton Band Students

Littleton, Mass. (April 3, 2019)Indian Hill Music is announcing today that its community music school has received a $5,000 grant from the Nypro Foundation to provide lessons in percussion and woodwind to students at Clinton High School.  The lessons will help to prepare those students, who are members of the Clinton High School band, for their upcoming concert on May 1st.

“We’re grateful to the Nypro Foundation for their support of our partnership with Clinton High School and their band program,” said Pete Robbins, Indian Hill Music’s Director of Education.  “We’re pleased that we can bring high quality, professional instruction – complementing what the students are receiving during their regular band rehearsals – to students who play drums, flute, clarinet, saxophone and oboe, and we’re really looking forward to hearing the results at the school’s concert in May.”

Clinton High School and Indian Hill Music worked together to identify ways that Indian Hill Music could assist the school’s band program.  Pete Robbins contacted Katherine Meifert, Clinton High School’s Band Director, who expressed a need for support for students playing percussion and woodwind instruments.

“I’m grateful to Indian Hill Music and the Nypro Foundation for making it possible for us to bring professional musicians into our school to interact and inspire our high school band students,” said Meifert. “I’m looking forward to what these adult musicians can bring to our students – not just better musical skills, but also a link to the local community, and the inspiration and motivation that comes from collaborating with ‘real world’ musicians.”

The Clinton High School band meets every day and has a double period every seven school days. During these double periods, Indian Hill Music is sending two teachers to the school to work in small groups with students in the percussion and woodwind sections. There are many benefits to this kind of personalized instruction: it begins a cycle of motivation and achievement and provides students with the skills to work harder on their own. Additionally, by helping these students become better players, the overall experience is more satisfying to them. This leads to the band’s sound improving, better performance in competitions, and enhanced school pride.

“Indian Hill Music is a uniquely important cultural and music education resource in the region,” said Ted Lapres, Nypro Foundation President.  “We’re glad that we are able to aid in their efforts to bring more music education opportunities to Clinton High School. We know that this partnership will benefit the students, the school and the town of Clinton as a whole.”

 

About Indian Hill Music:

Entering its 34th year this spring, Indian Hill Music is a thriving regional non-profit center for music education and performance. One of only a few organizations in the U.S. that combines a community music school, professional symphony orchestra, diverse concert series, and high-impact outreach, Indian Hill Music serves 79 communities in Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. We believe that music inspires both our hearts and minds, encourages the growth of the whole person, and is integral to the lives of everyone we serve. Our mission – to share the transformative power of music, through teaching and performing, and giving music generously when there is need – reflects the impact of music on people’s lives, and its ability to strengthen, heal, and inspire. Indian Hill Music relies on the generosity of individuals, families, businesses, and foundations to support our programs. To learn more, call (978) 486-9524 or visit www.indianhillmusic.org.

Indian Hill Music is creating a world-class education and performance center on a stunning 110 acre landscape in Groton.  Anticipated to open in 2022, the Music Center at Indian Hill will include a 1,000 seat concert hall, a 300 seat recital hall, rehearsal and teaching spaces, state of the art acoustics, dynamic architecture, and lawn seating for summer concerts. The Music Center will be a regional gathering place for music education and performance of all genres for Central Massachusetts and well beyond. Learn more

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