Yamaha Music School of Boston Starts Student Ambassador Program
Students Perform First Outreach Concert & Bring Holiday Cheer
In fall 2011, Yamaha Music School of Boston kicked-off a new Student Ambassador Program. The program provides school-sponsored opportunities for Yamaha Music Education System students to perform solo and/or group repertoire in a variety of environments, from in-school to community events.
A total of 18 students formed the inaugural student ambassador program. Nominated by the school faculty, the students came from Junior Special Advanced Course (JSAC) and Junior Advanced Course (JAC) classes.
The primary goals include student development and the promotion of music education. Under student development, the aim is to:
build student confidence and success through public performance
develop a sense of community engagement where students begin to understand that they can contribute to their community through music making. By sharing the fruits of their hard work and dedication, music can be a way to uplift, inspire, and bring joy to others
The music education goals include:
promote and popularize the value of music education, including the Yamaha method
be a source of encouragement, support, and inspiration for younger musicians and families
The YMS Boston Student Ambassador’s held their first community-based event on Saturday, December 10, 2011 at Youville Place, an assisted living facility for seniors in Lexington, MA. Students performed original compositions or solo works from the standard repertoire. The recital concluded with a holiday sing-along with the students and residents.
The event was a tremendous hit with students, parents, and residents. George Kalarickal, father of Yamaha students Matthew and Joseph, commented, “Both of our sons were excited about performing at a different and new venue, and immensely enjoyed sharing the Holiday music with the residents. The residents were clearly happy to see and listen to the young performers and the children responded with a joyful and energetic performance.”
Yamaha parent Michelle Ciccolo said, "Both my son Foster and my niece Grace performed and it was clear that the kids felt very proud to participate. The seniors were attentive and enthusiastic, so much so that the kids lingered afterword performing solo pieces and chatting with the seniors. Their grandfather Ray Ciccolo, also from Lexington, came along to hear the kids and mingle with the residents. It felt like a warm family affair enjoyed by all.”
Future performances are planned for local assisted living facilities, senior and youth centers, and in-school visits to JMC and YMC classes.