To reach our most vulnerable children, Crescendo Academy of Music brings Marvelous Music to preschool programs that serve children in challenged situations. Marvelous Music is a dynamic collaboration between Crescendo Academy of Music and the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra designed to bring music and movement activities into preschool classrooms throughout Kalamazoo County. The program provides weekly music classes with a Specialist trained in the Music Together® early childhood methodology, storybook presentations by professional musicians and a narrator, and engaging materials that go home with students to reinforce learning. The Music Together classes also model high quality music education tools for preschool teaching artists to use in other ways in the classroom. The program especially targets preschool students from at-risk households, helping to build and strengthen active participation, focus, expression, teamwork, musical aptitude, and pre-reading skills.
Marvelous Music is offered in partnership with 36 preschool classrooms in Kalamazoo County schools and community institutions serving 4 year old children, including KRESA’s Head Start and Great Start Readiness Programs, Kalamazoo Public Schools’ Pre-Kindergarten Early Education Program (PEEP), Portage Public Schools’ Great Start Readiness Program, Comstock Schools’ Great Start Readiness, Comstock Community Learning Center, and in KRESA’s Great Start Program. This program serves over 600 students from low-income families.
The program includes:
- Music Together® curriculum books and CDs
- Musical Storybooks with the KSO String Quartet
- Great Music for Great Kids CD and activity book
- Private violin or cello lessons for recommended students
- KSO Family Discovery Concert tickets
Major support for this collaborative program has been provided by: The Harold and Grace Upjohn Foundation, the Kalamazoo Community Foundation, PNC Foundation Grants for Great Hours, Irving S. Gilmore Foundation, Dr. William H. and Melinda L. Scott , and the Diane S. Robertson Foundation; with additional support from Robert and Judith Whaley, and with String Lessons in memory of Dorothy M. Iversen Farrell.