Chicago Center for Music Education (ChiME) Provides 10,000 Instruments to Chicago Schoolchildren
CHICAGO, October 14, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Amid the challenges presented by the current pandemic, the Chicago Center for Music Education (ChiME) recently launched a program to bring music to more than 3,000 students by providing free “Chime Time ”to each child.
Each ChiME Time Instrument bucket includes rhythm sticks, egg shakers, a bell, a glockenspiel and, for some students, an electronic keyboard. With the exception of keyboards, students can keep the instruments to themselves.
According to Troy Anderson, Executive Director of ChiME: “When the pandemic struck and we were all forced into self-isolation, our first and immediate thought was to find a way to provide tools to use at home for the thousands of children we have. serve as part of our classroom programs. What better companion in isolation than a musical instrument? “
Gosia Bagley, ChiME Teaching Artist and Program Director, added: “I know what we do has an impact and a difference when every student I pass in the Budlong hallway lights up with a big smile upon seeing me and me. calls with enthusiasm. They always ask the same question with tremendous anticipation in their eyes: “Do we have ChiME today ?! and they cry out for joy if the answer is yes. “
The response from students, teachers and parents has been overwhelmingly positive. Kathleen O’Sullivan, parent of ChiME students, commented: “As a family, we realized the value ChiME brings in March 2020. It was a time of uncertainty and ChiME did not fail to beat. . “
Now in its second iteration, the program continues to provide instruments and musical education to schoolchildren virtually and in many classrooms across Chicago.
ChiME will host its annual gala virtually this year on October 22. More information about the gala and the ChiME programs can be found at chimemusic.org.
The Chicago Center for Music Education (ChiME) provides access to evidence-based therapy programs and engagement-based music programs that develop critical skills and promote personal and social growth.
Founded as the Suzuki-Orff School for Young Musicians in 1981, ChiME launched our first classes teaching 15 families from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds through our unique curriculum integrating Suzuki and Orff methodologies. In 1986, ChiME expanded its goal of making music education accessible to children from Chicago by establishing partnerships with Chicago Public Schools (CPS). In 2014, our school started doing business as the Chicago Center for Music Education (ChiME).
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