2004-02-06 / Community

Musicians in P.S. 183 Need Your Help!

Musicians in P.S. 183 Need Your Help!

Pictured is fifth-grader Joanna Mieleszko with P.S. 183’s Music Director, Martin Penzer.Pictured is fifth-grader Joanna Mieleszko with P.S. 183’s Music Director, Martin Penzer.

For the last two weeks, there has been a new sound in the halls of P.S. 183. Since January 18, forty students have been participating in 183’s After-School Instrument al Program. The program is designed to broaden the child ren’s range of education to incl ude artistry, exp an sion of the mind, discipline and opportunity.

Through the unified eff orts of Prin cipal Kar yn Stevenson, Parent Coor d inator Jackie Still well, P.S. 183’s music director Martin Penzer, donations from a local Inwood vendor and the Act ion Center for Edu cation and Com munity Dev elop ment, this program will give children an opportunity to display their musical talents.

With the After-School Instrumental Program in operation, local students and their families will prove that music strengthens a child’s math, arts and science applications and allows them to actually learn that greater dis cip line can be accomplished within themselves.

Martin Penzer, the P.S. 183 music director for 37 years, will train 20 student in woodwind instruments and 20 students in brass instruments, twice a week – one day a week for each. Last year, Penzer won a city-wide award for his Music Memory Pro gram.

On May 10, Penzer and P.S. 183’s musicians will be competing at Lin coln Center for the Music Memory com petition.

Due to cuts in the New York City Arts and Music programs, however, there is a great need for contributions of new instruments and financial assistance to this program.

Should anyone wish to contribute financial assistance to this program, please make checks payable to P.S. 183 with a memo designated to the After-School Instrumental Program.

Any donated instruments can be delivered to the school at 245 Beach 79 Street.

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