RocMusic is an innovative outreach and education program that will engage children and their families in the experience of music making and music appreciation. It is inspired by Venezuela’s El Sistema program to instill a love of lifelong learning and academic success.
RocMusic partners and lead agencies are the: City of Rochester; Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester); Eastman Community Music School; Hochstein School of Music & Dance; Rochester City School District; Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.
The RocMusic pilot program will be launched in fall 2012 and operate three days per week during the 2012-2013 school year, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the David F. Gantt Community Center. A 15-day summer music instruction program will also be held.
General music group instruction will be offered to at least 20 children between the ages of 5 and 8. Group string instruction, practice time and practice space will be offered to at least 20 children between the ages 9 of 18. Families will be invited to engage in program open houses and neighborhood performances.
Children residing in the City of Rochester are eligible to apply. Children will need to maintain good attendance both in school and in the RocMusic program.
With the completion of a successful pilot program and additional funding, RocMusic plans to expand the program to other community centers in the City, ultimately serving 75 children per site.
The RocMusic Program has received a generous gift from the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation in the amount of $100,000. The grant, awarded to the Hochstein School on behalf of the RocMusic Partnership, will fund a program director, a general music teacher and string teachers. The grant will also fund the infrastructure and build capacity for the program such as purchase of sheet music, music books, musical instruments, start-up office materials, daily program supplies and student snacks and parent information materials.
In conjunction with this funding, the City of Rochester received a $100,000 donation from the Windstream Corporation to fund a computer lab and an adjacent music production studio at the Gantt Center.
For more information about RocMusic, contact the Hochstein School of Music & Dance.