Last month, I wrote about the role that music can play in cognitive development. Recent efforts in Philadelphia have also made me understand that music in schools can also be a powerful social agent.
Stanford Thompson, a graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music, is the Director of Tune Up Philly, an after school music program at St. Francis de Sales School run under the auspices of The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra.
“Tune Up Philly believes that music education is a powerful instrument in the development of children in challenging social and economic conditions. As they develop their creativity and self-expression during year-round, out-of-school-hours classical music training, the children will acquire valuable tools for cooperative learning, teamwork, academic success, and self-esteem.” – Stanford Thompson, Director
Thompson spoke recently at the TEDXPhilly Conference about the importance of after school programs and how music serves as a vehicle for social change. His students come on stage for a string performance that reduces the crowd (and me) to tears.
More on Stanford Thomson and TuneUp Philly:
- Blog post from Albert Yee, (a.k.a. DragonballYee), chronicling his visit to St. Francis de Sales School TuneUp Philly program
- Stanford Thompson’s Bio from the TedXPhilly Speakers page
- Tune Up Philly Tunes Up | Philadelphia Inquirer | 12/12/2010; Here is a video feature that accompanies the article