Musical Mentors Reflections From...


Our Schools:

 
“We don’t have a dedicated music teacher on staff. This is a Title I school and our students wouldn’t normally be able to have this experience of high quality lessons. Musical Mentors is a great opportunity for them.
– Jacqueline Flanagan, Principal PS 19 The Asher Levy School Manhattan
 
 
"...And sometimes kids can be intimidated by adults. In front of a college student, they’re more willing to try and are less afraid of failing. To give our kids the musical experience, freedom and comfort that comes with a college student, I think they benefit immensely.”
– Jacqueline Flanagan, Principal PS 19 The Asher Levy School Manhattan

“The college students are great role models for our kids. The kids think, hey, that could be me someday— I could go to college, I could play an instrument the rest of my life, I could help someone else.”
Janet Chasin, Assistant Principal PS 19 The Asher Levy School Manhattan

“The kids think, hey, that could be me someday—I could go to college, I could play an instrument the rest of my life, I could help someone else.” 


Our Students and their Families:

 
“It makes me feel relaxed to play the piano. Jonathan is a very fun teacher. When I make a mistake, he helps me. My hope is to play very complicated songs one day.”
– A 3rd grader (Instructor: Jonathan Xu)
 
 
“The recital was a highlight. I was nervous at first seeing her perform, but afterwards, people came up to my daughter to compliment her playing. I was so proud of her.
Emma, parent of a 3rd grader
 
“This is my first year learning piano. Now, I have very big dreams of being a piano player. I want to know, do they have Musical Mentors for me in middle school?”
 A 5th grader (Instructor: Tom Sieger)
 
“She gets a lot out of her lessons. Her instructor has a way of encouraging her in the lesson so when she gets home, she’s excited to practice.
– Tracy, parent of a 5th grader

“It makes me feel relaxed to play the piano. Jonathan is a very fun teacher. My hope is to play very complicated songs one day.”


Our Instructors:

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"It’s cool to influence a young kid’s life in some way—in ten or fifteen years, my student will remember me as her first piano teacher.  I put in a small amount of work just once a week, but the rewards for my student are so much greater. It really makes a difference for her.”
– Tom Sieger, Chemistry Major at NYU
 

“[Musical Mentors] is a great way to stay in music during the school year, especially if you’re not a music major. Sharing music with a student not only has a big impact on their life, but it can also help you rediscover your love for an instrument.
– Jonathan Xu, Neuroscience Major at NYU

“In ten or fifteen years, my student will remember me as her first piano teacher. I put in a small amount of work just once a week, but the rewards for my student...it really makes a difference for her. ”