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Beats Books & Hooks Summer Program

Enjoy a unique summer music and education program that strengthens academic performance using music as a basis for engagement. This program is designed for students entering grades 8 through 12. Students will have the opportunity to:

PROGRAM DATES – Wise High School
Week 1 – June 19-23, 2018
Week 2 – June 26- 30, 2018

• Explore cutting edge recording software, i.e. Pro Tools, Sibelius & Garage Band

• Enjoy a Songwriter’s workshop conducted by a Grammy nominated National Recording Artist

• Participate in master classes, lecture, and demonstrations

• Develop proficiency in computer technology

• Produce finished CD and MP3 files to share digitally and publish online

• Be introduced to Financial Literacy

• Prepare a college portfolio

• Participate in a mock music audition

• Learn proper use of social media and other online tools, and Much More!

 

Click here for Online Registration

Click here for the Application (pdf) or (doc)

Click here for the Flyer

Click here for the Nomination Form

 

A teacher nomination form is required for each applicant.

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Summer Music Technology Program

FAME

Foundation for the Advancement of Music & Education

PRESENTS SUMMER MUSIC TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM

Applications are open for FAME’s Summer Music Technology Program, at the beautiful, state-of-the-art and friendly atmosphere of our partner the University of Maryland College Park School of Music, 2110 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. This no-cost program is designed for Prince George’s County MD students entering grades 8 through 12.

Each student is given ample opportunities to:

  • Explore cutting edge recording software, i.e. Pro Tools, Sibelius & Garage Band
  • Experiment with music composition
  • Learn about and prepare for education and career opportunities in music
  • Develop proficiency in computer technology
  • Produce finished CD and MP3 files to share digitally and publish online
  • Enjoy Master Classes with recording artists, engineers and producers
  • Learn proper use of social media and other online tools

Applicants must submit a nomination form from a music teacher, and each selected student will receive full scholarship and a certificate of completion. The program culminates with a showcase of students’ creative projects.

PROGRAM DATES

9:00am – 4:00pm daily: Week A: July 6 -10, 2015 Or Week B: July 13 -17, 2015

Registration deadline: March 31, 2015

REGISTER CLICK HERE

or Call 301.805.5358

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This program made possible in part by funding from: Prince George’s County Community Partnership Grant; Prince George’s County Council Members: Andrea Harrison (District 5), Derrick Leon Davis (District 6), Obie Patterson (District 8) and Mel Franklin (District 9); and United Way of the National Capital Area.

 

 

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FAME relies on private support to fund and maintain its music and education programs. There are several options for you to help us keep the music playing in the hearts of our youth.




 

To submit your contribution by mail, complete this donation form and mail to FAME at
P O Box 2228,
Bowie, Maryland  20718-2228.

To contribute via phone, please contact FAME at 301-805-5358.

Your donation is eligible to be claimed as a charitable contribution to the extent permitted by law.
No goods or services were provided to you in exchange for this contribution.
FAME’s Tax ID Number is 59-3836026.

FEAT U R I N G Bowie State University Community Jazz Band Ensemble, Artist Irvin Scacy Haywood & Talented local youth musicians and dancers

Saturday, December 13, 2014 • 5PM

Bowie State University Fine and Performing Arts Center/Main Stage Theater 14000 Jericho Park Rd Bowie, MD 20715 Admission $15     Presented by Fine and Performing Arts Center In partnership with The Foundation for the Advancement of Music & Education, Inc. (FAME)     Tickets & information: 301.805.5358 info@fameorg.org Purchase tickets online at www.fameorg.org/TisTheSeason

If you would like to fill out an order form and drop it in the mail click here for pdf

Washington Informer Celebrates Local Influencers

D. Kevin McNeir | 10/29/2014, 3 p.m.

 

Everyone loves a party especially when they hold the coveted position as the guest of honor.

And to pay tribute to the contributions of leaders from the community, The Washington Informer recently hosted a 50th anniversary reception that allowed participants to reflect on the newspaper’s 50 years of service.

“This paper was founded 50 years ago by Dr. Calvin Rolark because he wanted to provide a vehicle for sharing positive news about D.C.’s black community,” said Ron Burke, advertising and marketing director, The Washington Informer.

The Washington Informer's 50th Anniversary celebration honored 50 Influencers including radio talk show host and activist Joe Madison (right), who shared reflections about his first meeting with Informer founder/publisher Dr. Calvin W. Rolark. He led the audience in Rolark’s iconic quote, "If it is to be, it is up to me."

The Washington Informer’s 50th Anniversary celebration honored 50 Influencers including radio talk show host and activist Joe Madison (right), who shared reflections about his first meeting with Informer founder/publisher Dr. Calvin W. Rolark. He led the audience in Rolark’s iconic quote, “If it is to be, it is up to me.”

“Now his daughter, Denise Rolark Barnes, continues that legacy despite the challenges that we and others in print media face today. This evening is about looking back, looking forward and recognizing 50 local trailblazers,” Burke said.

The 50th anniversary influencers’ reception, held at the Carnegie Library in Northwest on Thursday, Oct. 23, marked the last of a series of events sponsored by the newspaper to mark its five decades of weekly news coverage of events in the Greater Washington Area.

The festive affair included performances by the Urban Nation Hip-Hop Choir and students from Richard Wright Public Charter School, a presentation by Jacqueline Woody, special assistant in the Office of the Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III and words of congratulations from some of the District’s most respected business and community leaders.

“We thank you for the excellent coverage you’ve given us for 50 years and we encourage all those present to utilize the essential local and regional information that this paper provides every week,” Woody said.

The District’s top official, Mayor Vincent C. Gray, praised The Informer for a job well done.

“This is hugely important,” said Gray, a vocal supporter of the newspaper.

“It is such a positive statement that The Informer has made in 50 years. People generally stumble coming up with the names of other newspapers after The Washington Informer but The Informer has been here for 50 years and the content is extraordinary,” said Gray, 71.

Joe Madison, one of the honorees and often considered the dean of D.C. journalism, agreed.

“The black press is extremely important because while we read The Washington Post, when you see the columns and stories in The Informer, it’s for us,” Madison said.

“Don’t undervalue, underestimate or marginalize this paper. These stories are those that other publications don’t think are important. Most of us wouldn’t have known about Emmett Till or Martin Luther King, Jr. if it wasn’t for the black press. The white press didn’t cover what King did because they didn’t want to give him exposure. The black press put him on the map,” said Madison, 65, an award-winning talkshow host often referred to as “The Black Eagle.”

One representative from Pepco Holdings, Inc., which served as the title sponsor for the evening, said her company has been supporting The Informer since it first opened its doors.

“We have been advertising with The Washington Informer since 1964 – 50 years ago – and we applaud the paper’s publisher for continuing the work that was started by her father,” said Donna Cooper, president of the electric service provider with customers in D.C., Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties. Read More

Music therapy improves self esteem, eases depression in kids and teens

By Rhodi Lee, Tech Times | October 26, 12:56 AM

Growing up can be tough for some kids but findings of a new research suggest that parents whose children suffer from depression and behavioral problems can turn to music therapy as this may help troubled kids and teens.

children-playing-guitarFor the new study spanning a three year period starting in March 2011 to May 2014, researchers from the Northern Ireland Music Therapy Trust and Queen’s University Belfast gathered and analyzed the data of a group of young individuals who were receiving treatment for emotional, development or behavioral problems.

Study researcher Sam Porter, from the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Queen’s University, and colleagues divided the 251 participants into two groups. The first group, which was consist of 128 individuals, received traditional therapy while the second group composed of 123 individuals, were assigned to receive music therapy along with the usual care.

By the end of the study, the researchers found that the children who were given music therapy exhibited increased self-esteem and reduced depressive symptoms. They also significantly improved their communication and interactive skills compared with the participants who only received traditional therapy. Follow-ups made after the study also found that the beneficial effects of music therapy can be sustained for a long time.

Northern Ireland Music Therapy Trust chief executive Ciara Reilly said that music therapy is often used with kids who had mental health needs and the results of the study mark the first time that the effectiveness of this alternative treatment is shown in a randomized study.

“The findings are dramatic and underscore the need for music therapy to be made available as a mainstream treatment option,” Reilly said. “For a long time we have relied on anecdotal evidence and small-scale research findings about how well music therapy works. Now we have robust clinical evidence to show its beneficial effects.”

Figures from the National Institutes of Mental Health show that about 11 percent of children below 18 years old have symptoms of depressive disorder and popular treatment methods currently used include psychotherapy and use of antidepressant medications, which is known to be associated with increased suicidal risks.

The researchers of the study hope that the results of the research, which was presented at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University Belfast on Thursday, Oct. 23, would encourage mental health institution and mental health experts to consider music therapy as a treatment option for young individuals with mental health needs and behavioral problems.

 

Read more: http://www.techtimes.com/articles/18759/20141026/music-therapy-improves-self-esteem-eases-depression-in-kids-and-teens.htm#ixzz3Igj6auUz

Bowie nonprofit celebrates a decade of FAME

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More than one thousand youths have taken part in organization’s activities

By Emilie Eastman Staff Writer

Bowie resident Toni Lewis’ music and education nonprofit started as a single scholarship donation in the amount of $1,500 to Prince George’s Community College in 2004.

Ten years later, the Foundation for the Advancement of Music and Education impacts approximately 1,200 Prince George’s County students annually through education programs, scholarships and events, and donates tens of thousands of dollars worth of musical equipment to county schools.

While Lewis said she has no background in music herself, she said she recognized the importance of offering musical and creative opportunities to children and providing them possible career paths. Read More

Youth Learn Rubrics of Music Production

FAME Camp Provides Tools to Make Dreams Come True

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By D. Kevin McNeir

Summertime has traditionally allowed children to sleep in late, play all of their favorite video games and, if they’re lucky, take a road trip to visit relatives that they only see once a year.

However, for a small group of determined youth, mostly from Prince George’s County, this summer has shown them that it’s never too early to begin working toward realizing their dreams.

“I’m encouraging young people to remain focused, to continue to pursue their goals to get into the music industry and even assisting in the classroom where they’re learning the latest computer software essential to those who want to work in music production,” said Asa DeShields, a Bowie State University sophomore who serves as an intern for the Foundation for the Advancement of Music & Education [FAME] Summer Music Program. “I was once a student in this program and because of the exposure I received, the skills I learned, I was hired this summer to help those who are coming behind me,” said DeShields, 18, a 2013 graduate of Central High School in Capitol Heights, Maryland.

FAME, supported by the Community Foundation National Harbor Grant, the United Way of the National Capital Area and Prince George’s County government, collaborates with its partners to provide grants for the majority of the students so they can attend the camp. For two weeks, students meet for five days of instruction. The program began on the campus of Bowie State University and has since shifted to the University of Maryland where it will end on July 18. Read More

This Week on Our World: Grammy Winner John Legend Fights to Educate Our Kids

Also: the state of our education system and an after-school program out to save at-risk youth

 

This week on Our World with Black Enterprise, host Marc Lamont Hill sits down with Grammy Award-winning singer and philanthropist John Legend, who talks about what it took for him to make it in the music industry and his battle to improve access to a quality education for all Americans. On his latest album, Wake Up! a collaboration with The Roots, Legend sings socially and politically driven soul and R&B “protest music” from the ’60s and ’70s to bring some of today’s most pressing issues to the forefront.

Legend issues a "Wake-Up!" call (Image: Lonnie C. Major)

Legend issues a “Wake-Up!” call (Image: Lonnie C. Major)

“We need to do more to make sure every kid has a quality education,” Legend said when interviewed by Hill. “It’s particularly poignant in the Black and Latino communities because we’re losing so many of our kids, particularly our young men. We end up blaming the students or their parents, but their parents were in the same system 20 years ago and we’re expecting different results but not changing the system.” Read FULL ARTICLE

 

FAME camp helps teens fulfill musical dreams

 June 27
During the FAME camp, students got the chance to put music to their poems and other lyrics. (Hamil Harris/The Washington Post)

During the FAME camp, students got the chance to put music to their poems and other lyrics. (Hamil Harris/The Washington Post)

During the FAME camp, students got the chance to put music to their poems and other lyrics. (Hamil Harris/The Washington Post)

Even though her mom lives in Wisconsin and her father is in prison, 16-year-old Imani Robinson easily filled a rehearsal room at Bowie State University with joyful sounds of inspiration as award-winning pianist and choir director Emory Andrews softly tapped on ivory keys in the background.

“Sometimes you have to encourage yourself. Sometimes you have to speak victory during the test,” sang Robinson. “No matter how you feel, just speak the words and you will be healed. Speak boldly over yourself! Encourage yourself in the Lord!”

As Robinson sang, other students worked on their projects during the last day of a one week summer camp that was created to connect some of the most talented students in the region with artistic professionals regardless of their economic or social background.

“This is about giving opportunities for children to have access to the best in terms of music and facilities,” said Toni Lewis, founder of the Foundation for the Advancement of Music & Education, better known as FAME. “A lot of these children don’t get opportunities in their schools because music has been cancelled or in other cases they don’t have the necessary equipment.”

Aspiring actress Imani Robinson, 16, is singing and composing music at camp. (Hamil harris/The Washington Post)

Aspiring actress Imani Robinson, 16, is singing and composing music at camp. (Hamil harris/The Washington Post)

In addition to being exposed to professionals like Andrews, campers also learn about music theory and vocals as well as the business and technical sides of a musical production. Sessions 1 and 2 were held at Bowie State, and sessions 3 and 4 will be held at the University of Maryland School of Music from July 7-11 and July 14-18.

Bowie State Assistant Professor Gilbert Pryor has been the coordinator for the summer program at Bowie, which is called “Beats, Books and Hooks,” and according to Pryor, “in the three years that the programs has been in existence, I have seen some wonderful kids from our area schools who come here and grow.”

 

 Robinson, who is being raised by her grandparents in Northeast Washington, said one thing that she has learned from being in this camp is seizing the moment, and to “take advantage of the opportunities that you will be receiving, because you will not always get second chances.” Read More

RARE End of the Year Ceremony

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Concerned Citizens Network of Alexandria (CCNA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit,  held its end of year ceremony on May 29th for its academic program “Reach and Rise for Excellence” (RARE) for Middle School Students.  Congratulations to CCNA and its student.    FAME is proud to be an annual supporter.

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High School Graduation Rate Hits Record High

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New reports by the National Center for Education Statistics and America’s Promise Alliance find the graduation rate, now at 81 percent, is on the rise amid the closings of so-called dropout factories and could hit 90 percent before the end of the decade

New data released by the National Center for Education Statisticsshow that 81% of the class of 2012 graduated on time that year, the highest graduation rate on record. And according to a new reportfrom the education group America’s Promise Alliance and other partners, the U.S. could meet a 90% graduation rate as soon as 202o if the rate of progress continues. That report says much of the graduation success can be attributed to the closing of so-called dropout factories as part of the push for education reform; 648 “dropout factory” high schools were closed between 2001 and 2012, and 1.2 million children who would have gone there were educated at better schools instead. Read More

REPORT: 4 IN 5 US HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS GRADUATE

AP: Apr. 28, 2014 – By KIMBERLY HEFLING

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. public high schools have reached a milestone, an 80 percent graduation rate. Yet that still means 1 of every 5 students walks away without a diploma.

Citing the progress, researchers are projecting a 90 percent national graduation rate by 2020.

Their report, based on Education Department statistics from 2012, was presented Monday at the Building a GradNation Summit.

The growth has been spurred by such factors as a greater awareness of the dropout problem and efforts by districts, states and the federal government to include graduation rates in accountability measures. Among the initiatives are closing “dropout factory” schools.

In addition, schools are taking aggressive action, such as hiring intervention specialists who work with students one on one, to keep teenagers in class, researchers said.

U.S. public high schools have reached a milestone, an 80 percent graduation rate. Yet that still means 1 of every 5 students walks away without a diploma.

U.S. public high schools have reached a milestone, an 80 percent graduation rate. Yet that still means 1 of every 5 students walks away without a diploma.

Growth in rates among African-American and Hispanic students helped fuel the gains. Most of the growth has occurred since 2006 after decades of stagnation.

“At a moment when everything seems so broken and seems so unfixable … this story tells you something completely different,” said John Gomperts, president of America’s Promise Alliance, which was founded by former Secretary of State Colin Powell and helped produce the report. Read More