The Spirit of Harmony Foundation advocates for early institutional music education. We support music programs by assisting them with obtaining the resources they need to succeed.
Based on what we consider to be the most compelling research in the fields of neurobiology and youth development, we endorse the following Best Practices:
- Instrument-based music education for children,
- Beginning at as young an age as possible,
- Ideally for a minimum 4 hours per week,
- For a minimum of 2 years.
For the References and Documentation of the Best Practices listed above, please click here.
The Foundation strongly encourages programs in need of assistance or individuals interested in helping a local program to visit our Music Education Advocacy Toolkit, which contains valuable resources for long-term systemic support.
The Foundation offers support in many forms, and we would be happy to assist your program through our network of volunteers and strategic partnerships. Open a dialog with us, we always love hearing from music programs!
Our emphasis is on encouraging and nurturing young people as they explore the world of music and work together in the creative process:
- Seek projects and organizations that operate with a high level of accountability, mission/vision clarity, and responsiveness
- Build relationships rather than engaging in one-time support
- Focus on building up the assets, not correcting kids’ “deficits”
- Recognize the role music instructors play in sparking the musical interest of youth, and support the teaching of music
- Recognize no particular group of people is “at-risk.” Socio-economic status of the families is only one of many risk factors a person’s life
Program Site Visits
When his schedule permits, Todd enjoys visiting music programs around the country. For some photos, please click here.