New York, NY – April 2017 – Carnegie Hall, the world-renowned venue famous for showcasing music’s best of the best, is getting ready to be rocked by some brand new talent. The concert, presented by WorldStrides OnStage, is Saturday April 29 at 8:30 pm and will celebrate the announcement of the partnership between Little Kids Rock and WorldStrides OnStage.
Students from Little Kids Rock will perform as a finale to the WorldStrides’ Festival at Carnegie Hall concert. Festival at Carnegie Hall events feature the most elite music ensembles from across North America who will perform classical arrangements under the direction of esteemed Conductor Jeffery Ames during the April 29 event. Attendees at the concert will experience the contrast of a traditional choral repertoire and the modern rock performed by the NYC-based Little Kids Rock school groups: The Equity Project (TEP) Charter School, Juan Morel Campos Secondary School, and Amp Up NYC All Stars.
WorldStrides OnStage, the performing division of the nation’s largest and most trusted educational travel organization, is proud to announce a partnership with the Little Kids Rock. WorldStrides, which is also an accredited school, plans to help spread the Modern Band methodology by making it accessible to more music directors.
Since 2002, Little Kids Rock has enriched the lives of more than 500,000 public school students by empowering and equipping music teachers to launch Modern Band music programs. Modern Band music programs focus on teaching kids popular music like rock, pop, and hip-hop. WorldStrides has a tremendous commitment to music education, and this exciting new collaboration will ensure that Little Kids Rock continues its goal to restore, expand, and innovate music education in public schools across the nation.
“Kids are inspired by – and relate to – the popular music of their own generation, and that’s exactly how our program works to engage them in making music beginning on day one,” said David Wish, founder and CEO of Little Kids Rock. “We’re thrilled that WorldStrides shares in our commitment to make music education accessible to all.”
“We believe in dreaming big. It’s how our company was born, and it’s why we hope to give all the music directors who travel with us the opportunity to expand their music programs and really redefine music education in our schools,” noted Francois Martin, General Manager of WorldStrides OnStage.
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About Little Kids Rock:
Little Kids Rock is a national non-profit organization dedicated to transforming lives by restoring, expanding, and innovating music education in our schools. The organization partners with public school districts to train teachers to run its innovative Modern Band curriculum, and donates all the accompanying instruments and resources necessary to teach popular music in a way that empowers students to experience instant achievement. What began as a single after-school guitar class has since exploded into a national movement that brings free, weekly music lessons to over 275,000 public school children through the efforts of more than 1,800 teachers in 127 school districts nationwide. To date, Little Kids Rock has served more than 500,000 students.
WorldStrides, headquartered in Charlottesville, Va., is the largest educational student travel company in the United States. Founded in 1967, it has grown to provide educational programs for more than 7 million students in 100 countries around the world. It was the first company of its kind to achieve academic accreditation from regional bodies around the U.S. The OnStage division supports performing arts travel including adjudicated music festivals, bowl game and parade performances, and custom-performing tours all around the world. For more information on WorldStrides, visit worldstrides.com.
Beth Campbell, Director of Marketing and Public Relations