FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Music Doing Good in Schools Presents “Mostly Blues” at The Hobby Center’s Zilkha Hall
Children Learn About History and Social Issues While Singing and Dancing to the Blues
HOUSTON, TX (April 15, 2013) – Music Doing Good in Schools presents “Mostly Blues” on Friday, May 16, 2014, 7:30 pm at Zilkha Hall at The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby Street, 77002. Children from Cummings Elementary, Stevenson Middle and Wheatley High Schools collaborate on this production all year, culminating in the performance. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children under 12 and can be purchased at www.thehobbycenter.org or by calling 713.315.2525.
The students of Music Doing Good in Schools present the backstory of the Blues set to the steady backbeat of the music. Participants learned about history, social issues, and music structure through studying the likes of Billie Holiday, Etta James, Ray Charles, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Muddy Waters and Nat King Cole, to name a few. Through their hard work and “hoo doo” over two semesters, these students present their own brand of boogie woogie. The myth of Blues as a soundtrack for hardship is dispelled for one evening as “Mostly Blues” promises to “let the good times roll!”
One of Music Doing Good’s four outreach programs, Music Doing Good in Schools engages children in an afterschool musical enrichment program designed to reach the whole child. This is the third year that Music Doing Good in Schools has offered the program to Title 1 Schools. They learn TEKS aligned subject matter through music, dance, art and self-expression. The concept of learning subjects through music enables students to retain the information and connect to it in a memorable and impactful way. The program provides a safe place for exploration, enhances performance skills, educates, and builds self-confidence, as well as essential life skills such as leadership, teamwork, collaboration and public speaking.
Says Aisha Ussery, program director for Music Doing Good in Schools, “For the children who participate in the program, the direct correlation between this experience and life is that when you learn to be disciplined and committed to your artistry, you are simultaneously learning to be successful and committed to your life.” Students are required to learn the material, follow through with attendance and to be focused and present during rehearsals. Parents must commit to supporting their children in the program as well.
Adds Ussery, “Some of our children come from environments that tell them they will never amount to anything. Music Doing Good in Schools tells them that they can dream big and be successful. And they feel it when they step out onto that stage at The Hobby Center! When the community sees our youth on stage performing Mostly Blues on May 16, they will witness the transformative power of music. “
Music Doing Good is a Houston-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that inspires and transforms lives through innovative, music-based programming and performance experiences. In addition to concerts, the organization delivers four outreach programs that bring musical enrichment to disadvantaged communities, with a focus on youth: afterschool music programs in Houston-area Title I schools, an instrument granting program for kids and schools, a scholarship program for middle and high schoolers, and a one-on-one songwriting program. The programs use music to stimulate minds, open hearts and ignite imagination. Music Doing Good touches the lives of thousands of individuals annually as the organization strives to create a world where we all live in concert.
For more information, please visit www.musicdoinggood.org or call 713.715.4923.
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