Music and the Brain is a non-profit program developed by the 42nd Street Fund. Qualifying public schools in New York City are awarded the Music and the Brain curriculum, teaching materials, keyboards, training and teaching assistance on a grant basis. Music and the Brain grants are awarded primarily to public elementary schools. In certain cases, New York City public middle and high schools may be awarded partial grants based on meeting certain criteria.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR MUSIC AND THE BRAIN GRANT
New York City public elementary schools must meet four requirements to be
considered for a Music and the Brain Grant. If these requirements are not met and maintained throughout each school year, we reserve the right to discontinue the grant and program:
- Music Teacher: Schools must have a full time music teacher. (The teacher should have musical training/experience)
- Music Classroom : The school must have a dedicated room(s) sized to fit a rug and keyboards (dependent on class size).
- Scheduling: A minimum of 15 music class periods per week must be devoted to MATB lessons. Each school year, Kindergarten classes must be scheduled twice weekly. 1st and 2nd graders should have music class once or twice weekly. The keyboard equipment will not be ordered until we verify the schedule. Partner schools receiving the MATB grant must meet schedule requirements each academic year. Schools must provide MATB with a copy of the music schedule promptly at the start of each school year.
- Keyboard Lab Wiring: Schools must purchase extended power strips for powering up the keyboards before we order keyboard equipment. This is a one time cost estimated to be $200-$350 depending on number of keyboards.
To Apply for a Music and the Brain Grant, download our application and
contact Program Director Lisha Lercari at Brainmusic@aol.com or 212-695-4242.
Schools, teachers, or individuals ineligible for grants may purchase any of the MATB materials at cost.