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Texaco Press Release - Texaco Foundation Awards $500,000 in Grants to Support Music Education


WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., July 29, 1999 - Model music education initiatives in five U.S. communities were given a boost today with the announcement that the Texaco Foundation will award each a three-year grant of $100,000. The grants are the first awards announced as part of TEMPO: Texaco-Eastman School of Music Partnership Opportunities, a major grant initiative created in 1998 in conjunction with the Rochester, N.Y.-based Eastman School of Music, under the Texaco Foundation's signature program Early Notes: The Sound of Children Learning. Chosen from nearly 100 applicants, the recipients demonstrated strong community partnerships and an important commitment to early childhood music education. The grants will be awarded to schools in Atlanta, Ga.; Midland, Texas; Baltimore, Md.; Glendale, Ariz.; and White Plains, N.Y. (see editor's note for program descriptions).

In making the announcement, Texaco Foundation President Anne T. Dowling said, "Texaco's strong commitment to supporting the arts is exemplified by our decades-long affiliation with the Metropolitan Opera. We believe that music and the arts help children grow and learn in multiple ways, providing a vital component to the education of our nation's children. Strong music programs coupled with effective partnerships with cultural organizations can enrich learning, which ultimately will positively affect the future workforce."

James Undercofler, Director of the Eastman School of Music, added, "We are particularly pleased with the five grant recipients and their innovative early music education initiatives. In addition to the financial assistance they will receive from the Texaco Foundation, the Eastman School will be working with educators from each TEMPO program to help them achieve their objective of improving access to quality music education."

Established in 1979 under the sponsorship of Texaco Inc., the Texaco Foundation supports non-profit, tax-exempt organizations both in the United States and the countries in which Texaco operates. Early Notes: The Sound of Children Learning, is designed to build collaborative relationships between school and music programs and community resources with a focus on the earliest school years.


Georgia State University School of Music
Project: "Building a Collaborative Approach to Music Education"

The Center for Educational Partnerships will implement a comprehensive community partnership model that demonstrates how instructional and enrichment strategies can improve student learning.

Lamar Elementary School, Midland Independent School District
Project: "Music + Plus Program"

Music + Plus will increase music instruction for 540 students in grade K-2 (by year three of funding) from one music class per week to one 30-minute music class per day. The project will assess how increased music instruction impacts students' achievement.

Peabody Institute/The John Hopkins University
Project: "Music Teacher Mentoring Program"

The Peabody Institutes' Music Teacher Mentoring Program seeks to increase the capacity of in-school music programs by offering mentoring and training for music teachers in the Baltimore City Public School system.

Peoria Unified School District
Project: "Project 4R's: Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, and Rhythm"

Project 4R's will support and train music and classroom teachers and guide parents in methods for integrating music training into core curriculum subjects for students in grades K-2.

White Plains Public Schools
Project: "White Plains-Manhattanville Partnership"

The White Plains-Manhattanville Partnership will explore changes in curriculum and instructional practices for pre-K through grade 2 students linking the development of musical skills and learning in other curriculum areas. It also expands opportunities for pre-service teacher training and parental involvement.

Updated: July 1999