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Texaco Press Release - Texaco Foundation Grants $100,000 to the Peabody Institute


WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., January 19, 2000 - The Texaco Foundation today presented a three-year grant of $100,000 to The Peabody Institute/Preparatory Division of The Johns Hopkins University in support of its Music Teacher Mentoring Program, an innovative music education program to enhance the skills of elementary school music teachers in the Baltimore Public School System. The grant is one of nine being awarded to model music education programs across the United States as part of TEMPO: Texaco-Eastman Music Partnership Opportunities - a grant initiative created in conjunction with the Rochester, N.Y.-based Eastman School of Music (see notes to editors).

The Music Teacher Mentoring Program, developed by the Peabody Preparatory in collaboration with the Baltimore City Public Schools Office of Fine Arts, is designed to increase the capacity of in-school music programs by improving the quality and availability of music education programs for students in Baltimore's inner city public elementary schools. Funding from the Texaco Foundation will enable the Music Teacher Mentoring Program to expand to reach more elementary school teachers and students in Baltimore.

Speaking of the donation, Texaco Foundation President Anne T. Dowling said, "Texaco has a special understanding of the power of music due to our decades-long affiliation with the Metropolitan Opera in New York. We believe that music and the arts are vital to a child's education and can help children grow and learn in multiple ways. The Music Teacher Mentoring Program is a particularly strong, inclusive program that reflects our beliefs and we are delighted to give the kind of support that will provide it with expanded training and resources over the next three years."

Accepting the grant, Fran Zarubrick, Dean of the Peabody Institute/Preparatory Division, said, "The most exciting part of this project is that a national foundation has entered the arena of arts in education and made it possible for Peabody, one of the world's most noted music schools, to use its expertise to benefit its local community. We are very pleased to have been able to develop this collaboration with the Baltimore City Schools Office of Fine Arts staff and the teachers to bring the best music education possible to young city school students."

In addition to the financial assistance they will receive from the Texaco Foundation, educators from each TEMPO program will be working with representatives from the Eastman School of Music to help them achieve their objective of improving access to quality education.

Notes to editors:

Texaco's involvement with the Eastman School of Music began in 1998 with the development of TEMPO: Texaco-Eastman Music Partnership Opportunities, a grant program that supports effective community-based education initiatives that advance educational reform. TEMPO is a funded program initiative of Early Notes: The Sound of Children Learning, the Texaco Foundation's early childhood music education initiative.

TEMPO: Texaco-Eastman Music Partnership Opportunities

Music Teacher Mentoring Program
Peabody Institute/The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland

The Peabody Institute's 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.

Talking Drums at Indian Ridge
Cherry Creek Schools, Aurora, CO

Talking Drums at Indian Ridge will develop a hands-on integrated music and mathematics curriculum that also explores the heritage of drumming in diverse cultures.

Project Harmony
Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, Houston, TX

Project Harmony will provide intensive training for music specialists working with young children and develop creative means of providing meaningful music experiences to the total child.

Building A Collaborative Approach To Music Education
Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia

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

Music + Plus Program
Lamar Elementary School, Midland, Texas

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 class per day. The project will assess how increased music instruction impacts students' achievement.

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

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.

Mozart and Munchkins
Rio Rancho Public Schools, Rio Rancho, NM

The Mozart and Munchkins Program will explore the relationship between music, learning, and behavior for 700 kindergarten children as they progress from kindergarten through second grade.

Early Childhood Music
School Board of Sarasota County, Sarasota, FL

The Early Childhood Music Project will enhance the development of musical knowledge and skills and achievement in regularly assessed educational areas for all pre-kindergarten through grade two children in the district.

White Plains-Manhattanville Partnership
White Plains Public Schools, White Plains, New York

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: January 2000