In honor of Black History Month last week at the Apollo, director and producer Martin Shore and legendary artists celebrated the launch of Take Me To The River Education Initiative in partnership with Berklee City Music to launch an educational mission to empower and educate students through the Memphis soul documentary, while bringing standards-based instruction materials centered around the film and its music to schools nationwide free of charge.
The education initiative developed together by Berklee City Music program, a nonprofit education program directed by Berklee College of Music that enables youth from underserved communities to develop and enhance their skills through the study of contemporary music.
Music Unites Pepsi PS 153 and Music Unite’s Youth Choir both performed at the famous Apollo on Thursday, February 12, 2015. Check out the photos below.
March 21st, 2015
An all-girl/women mentorship day at the Intrepid Museum. This Be the Boss: Mentorship day at the Intrepid welcomes teen girls (13–18 years old) who are interested in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) to participate in a day of mentorship, empowerment and leadership. Invited women will speak and establish connections with women in STEAM in fields, from the corporate world to academia. MU program – Women’s Academy of Excellence will be featured, and the MU Pepsi 153 girls choir will be opening)
Date: March 6th, 2015
A one-day press event and fundraiser taking place on Friday, March 6 from 4–10 p.m. SPiN is inviting people to unplug for half an hour by “checking” their phones at SPiN’s Smartphone Concierge. In return, for every person that checks their smartphone, SPiN will give 30 minutes of free ping-pong table time as well as make a donation to Music Unites. SPiN is also going to challenge some celebrities via social media to come “unplug”, and will up the donation ante if any of these celebs do come by SPiN that day, with proceeds going toward Music Unites.
Our WAE program will be hosting a Music-Versity Career Day with panelists Deirdre Clute from Pepsi, Monica Alvarez from Pulse Creative, an ASCAP panelist, and Spotify panelist. This is the 9th annual career day held at the school that brings in female presenters to discuss their educational paths and professional passions.
On Friday, January 30th, the students of Music Unites Pepsi PS 153 Chorus received the opportunity to perform at a highly prestigious professional development workshop for New York City Department of Education music teachers. Under the direction of Ms. Arielle Hyatt, the students sang a a gospel spiritual from the project “Take Me to the River” with a professional band. Students were then coached in a masterclass setting by faculty from Berklee College of Music faculty, Renese King, on style influence, phrasing, and 12-bar blues progressions acting as accompaniment. PS 153’s student’s shined as radiant soloists teaching other music educators the lead vocal lines and harmonies.
On Saturday January 16th, Music Unites and Centennial High School partnered with Vine & IG celebrity, King Bach, as he hosted a charity basketball tournament to raise money for the RuJohn Foundation (rujohnfoundation.com). The organization focuses on providing school supplies and arts + sports education opportunities for children in Jamaica. The event was immensely popular, with close to 200 attendees, and featured a performance from the school’s marching band, which includes many Music Unites students.