Program provides free piano accompaniment to Houston-area music students
HOUSTON, TX (February 14, 2018) – In an effort to further support Houston-area students who wish to study music, Music Doing Good is announcing the launch of a new outreach program. Music Doing Good in Service provides free piano accompaniment to music programs around the greater Houston metropolitan area. Music teachers now have the luxury of an experienced pianist, educator and conductor to record and rehearse UIL repertoire, run a sectional rehearsal, take the lead on a campus-wide musical and provide individual coaching. Details and contact information for the program can be found at https://musicdoinggood.org/outreach/music-doing-good-in-service/.
This innovative program fills a huge void in that most fine arts budgets do not allow for the additional expense of hiring part-time accompanists and class sizes prohibit much one-on-one musical experiences. In Service is currently active at Carver High School (Aldine ISD), Presbyterian School, Northside High School (HISD), and Energized for STEM Academy (HISD).
“Music Doing Good in Service has been always been a dream of mine. After an extensive delay due to Hurricane Harvey, I was able to launch at three schools —Carver High School, Energized for STEM High School and Northside High School. I’ve worked closely with each campus instructor to ensure that their students received adequate one-on-one time with me to rehearse their solo UIL competition pieces. One of the greatest joys is watching the students show weekly improvement,” remarks program director, Phillip Hall.
In its short existence, the program has already had a significant impact on the students served. At the UIL competition last weekend, 19 out of 25 of Hall’s students from Carver High School received a “1” rating — the very best score compared with last year, with only six students receiving that rating. Carver also boasts a lone representative of Aldine ISD in the All-State Choir, which convenes in San Antonio next weekend. Northside will be sending 12 students to the competition as well. Without a doubt, Music Doing Good in Service is changing the game when it comes to helping teachers prepare their students for competitions, auditions, concerts and life.
Phillip Hall is a graduate of Rice University and an experienced educator. Over the course of his career, most of which was at Houston’s Worthing High School, he has impacted the lives of thousands of music students. Since 2011, Hall has been the assistant program director for Music Doing Good in Schools. In addition to being an educator, he is a highly sought after performer. Phillip has performed with Aretha Franklin, Delfeayo Marsalis and for Presidents George H.W. Bush and William J. Clinton. He has served as musical director for Ain’t Misbehavin’ on nine occasions. Phillip traveled to South Africa to accompany a choir assembled to commemorate Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday.
Music Doing Good is a nonprofit arts organization that inspires and transforms lives through innovative, music-based programs and performance experiences. The outreach programs bring music to children in Houston who would otherwise not have access. Music Doing Good offers scholarships to music students in grades 4 – 12 for private lessons and music workshops. The organization grants free, gently-used instruments to individuals and schools that wish to create orchestra and/or band programs. Music Doing Good offers a year-long after school, fine arts enrichment program for students of Title 1 schools. Music Doing Good College-Bound Fund sends music students to college at four of Houston’s leading universities and colleges. These programs use music to stimulate minds, spark creativity and ignite imagination.