Did you know that children are most likely to engage in risky or violent behavior between 3-6 p.m.? Harmony Project, the largest nonprofit in Los Angeles, California works “to promote the healthy growth and development of children through the study, practice and performance of music,” according to its website.
Serving nearly 2,000 students in L.A., Harmony Project helps to keep kids safe during after-school hours. Furthermore, 97 percent of Harmony Project graduates go on to attend a 4-year college or university compared to their peers’ average, which is approximately 50 percent.
“Music gives children a voice, an identity and purpose,” says Harmony Project Associate Director Natalie Jackson. “When you are from a very poor and isolated neighborhood, there isn’t much that is solely yours. But, when you are given an instrument and encouraged to create – a beautiful process unfolds, and that is truly empowering.”
Unfortunately, many school districts are quick to cut the music programs whenever budget issues arise, but the statistics show that there’s value in keeping music in schools. According to the Arete Music Academy, children who take music lessons are more likely to have larger vocabularies and more advanced reading skills than their peers who don’t study music.
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