Greetings from the UCMP!
Thank you so much for your continued support and for believing in the transformative power of music!
On Monday, June 25th, the UCMP launched its first ever one-month summer program at the Eugenio Maria de Hostos Early Childhood Education Center, in partnership with the Union City Board of Education. We are thrilled to be operating at full capacity in a very intensive program with 46 students, ages three to six. UCMP students are receiving three full hours of music instruction everyday and will have their very first student presentation on Friday June 29th. The summer program will finalize on July 24th and students will resume their music instruction in September.
If you would like to see this performance, please come this Friday June 29th at 2:00pm to the Eugenio Maria de Hostos Early Childhood Center! (Click for map) Please support the UCMP summer program by making a donation on our website or by sending a check. DONATE NOW!
The UCMP successfully ends its first session
Catalyst Quartet violinist Karla Donehew Perez’s performs for the UCMP children. Click image to see photos.
The UCMP successfully concluded its introductory Paper Orchestra session on June 15th. Over the course of three months, 50 children ages three to six received a total of 50 hours of musical instruction, which included live performances, 6 parent workshops (see photos from one of our parent workshops) and opportunities to attend music events. Our program was visited by different organizations such as the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Sphinx Organization, the Geraldine Dodge Foundation and individuals like author Tricia Tunstall and Telemundo’s on air talent Patsi Arias.
A big thanks to UCMP’s fabulous teaching staff: Samuel Marchan, our Music Director, and Graciela Barreto, our Music Immersion Teacher and Principal Adriana Birne for her unwavering support. We would also like to recognize all the parents for their involvement and commitment. This program would not have been possible without parental support. Our most heartfelt thanks to the 24 volunteer parents we had for helping us make this program successful.
UCMP is beginning to change lives!
To see pictures from our first session, please click here!
We have had parents say that they have noticed behavioral differences in their children as a result of their participation in the program, that they have seen them transform into happier and more engaged kids. The same is true for teachers who have reported improvement in students who were hyperactive and are now more focused. Other parents have said that their children cannot stop talking about what they learn during music classes and that they daydream about the day when they are finally given their real instrument. These are all qualitative measures that we will continue to track as the program expands in order to provide concrete results of our program.
UCMP in the media!
The UCMP was featured in Telemundo’s Levántate morning show by Patsi Arias today, Wednesday June 27th. Click to go to Telemundo’s Levantate.
mamiverse.com, a website that focuses on the empowerment for Latina moms and families, published an article titled “Lessons from women who are living their dreams.” Please click here to check out their story.
The UCMP was featured on the Querer es Poder segment of CNN en Español, in partnership with Siempre Mujer magazine. Through this collaboration, CNN presents stories of people who make their dreams come true. Please click here to check out the videos about the UCMP.
Musicians of the Canaima Indigenous Youth Orchestra rehearsing for their annual performance in Canaima, Venezuela.
Starting next week, Mr Samuel Marchan, UCMP’s Music Director, will be traveling to the Venezuelan Amazon to hold a series of workshops with the Canaima Indigenous Youth Orchestra, the first indigenous youth orchestra in the world. He is going as part of the MESDA Group, (Music Education for Social Development Agency) a Harvard-based initiative, founded by a group of alums of the YOA Orchestra of the Americas. To learn more about MESDA, click here.
This has been a busy year for Mr Marchan. In April he had the opportunity to have a meeting with Maestro José Antonio Abreu, founder of El Sistema, to official present to him the work we have all been doing with the children of Union City. Maestro Abreu was very supportive and expressed great satisfaction about having the UCMP being the first El Sistema program in New Jersey.
In January, a latin jazz group Mr Marchan plays with, was recognized by Billboard with a 2011 best latin jazz arrangement award for Mark Weinstein and Aruan Ortiz’s El Cumbanchero.