From the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University and the South Orange-Maplewood School District:
Last year, the South Orange-Maplewood School District and Montclair State University embarked on one of the first-ever partnerships of its kind in the State of New Jersey. That partnership is now being extended.
Through an initial $30,000 combined grant from the Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation and the Montclair State University Foundation, the Cali School and SOMSD piloted an Arts Institute in South Orange-Maplewood. The Arts Institute included K-12 during-and-after-school lessons and classes, courses for college credit, and more — all taught by professors (including members of the NY Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera), as well as graduate students from the school.
The curriculum included an African Drumming and Ukulele program at Seth Boyden, during and after school lessons and classes at the middle and high schools, a jazz ensemble at Columbia High School, and more, reaching over 200 students K-12.
Building on the success of the program’s first year, the Bergen Foundation renewed the grant — for another $30,000 — which the Cali School of Music will supplement to support the high-caliber faculty and Masters students providing free music education instruction, along with musical instruments and culminating concerts for the community.