Music In Schools

Ways to Contribute
The Class project called Music in Schools has been in full operation for over ten years. A lot has been accomplished, but there is much more to do. In particular, we are now serving many schools in New Haven with teaching artists who work with the classroom music teachers to make music education come alive. There are many special opportunities for these aspiring young musicians from the New Haven schools to be involved in special groups that rehearse outside of normal school hours. The fact that all New Haven schools each have a dedicated music teacher continues to be supported in the face of growing economic pressure, at least in part because of the efforts of this program.

We have had five very successful Symposia funded by our project that brought together expert music teachers from across the country, to learn and share ideas. The project also funded several visiting professors who have added much to the music school graduate students interest in educating the younger generation in addition to their performing skills. Several of these graduates have gone on to create programs that focus on the music experience for grammar school and high school students. We have now reached a point where there are opportunities to spread these concepts throughout the country.

Beginning in 2005, in honor of the Class of 1957's 50th Reunion, we raised $5 million to create a permanent endowment in the Yale School of Music to promote music education in the public elementary and secondary schools, benefitting the local community around Yale. Back then, we could not have imagined the tremendous success the program would be. Our funding has helped to establish the following in the New Haven public schools:
  • Instrument competitions;
  • Music and Literacy Projects;
  • Educational Concerts; and
  • In-Class mentoring.
Further, the Music in Schools Initiative provides the following:
  • The appointment of a visiting professor;
  • A biennial Symposium; and
  • Resources to train students at the School of Music to become competent music teachers in grades K-12.
Background Note: As part of our 50th reunion class gift, a $5 million endowment to the School of Music has been officially recognized by the University and funded by contributions. It is Endowment # 15714, with the title "The Class of 1957 Music Education Endowment." It reads: "Funds available through this endowment will be used by the School of Music to promote music education in public elementary and secondary schools in the United States."

We are suggesting that when you are evaluating your 60th reunion gift to Yale, that you consider designating all or part of your gift to the Music in Schools Initiative. It is very simple to do this. Just include a note with your donation that whatever you want designated for Music In Schools to go to:
Class name: Class of 1957, Music in Schools Initiative
Endowment name: Class of 1957 Music Education Endowment
Endowment number: 15714

And thank you for your support.

Gifts to Music in Schools can be funded by (Click to see below): To learn more about planned gifts or pledging, call our reunion gift liaison, Julia Hsieh, at (203) 432-6096 or e-mail at Julia.Hsieh@yale.edu

There are several ways you can donate to this worthy effort:
  • For cash donations,
    make checks payable to Yale University and send to:
    Yale University,
    Office of Development
    Denote the gift is for The Yale Class of 1957 Music in Schools Program, Endowment number: 15714
    Attention: Julia Hsieh,
    Contribution Processing
    P.O. Box 2038,
    New Haven, CT 06521-2038
    203-432-6096

  • For Stock or Mutual Fund Shares,
    Denote the gift is for The Yale Class of 1957 Music in Schools Program, Endowment number: 15714.
    Have your bank or broker contact Donated Securities at 203.432.4107 or e-mail donated.securities@yale.edu

  • From your IRA Required Minimum Distribution
    If you are at least age 70 1/2, you may make a charitable gift of up to $100,000 directly from your traditional IRA to Yale until December 31, 2016. Request the form from your IRA management firm, and fill in:
    Yale University,
    Office of Development
    Denote the gift is for The Yale Class of 1957 Music in Schools Program, Endowment number: 15714.
    Attention: Julia Hsieh,
    Contribution Processing
    P.O. Box 2038,
    New Haven, CT 06521-2038
    203-432-6096
    You may also need: Yale's Federal Tax ID Number: 06-0646973

  • From a Donor Advised Fund
    Contact your fund manager, and fill in:
    Yale University,
    Office of Development
    Denote the gift is for The Yale Class of 1957 Music in Schools Program, Endowment number: 15714.
    Attention: Julia Hsieh,
    Contribution Processing
    P.O. Box 2038,
    New Haven, CT 06521-2038
    203-432-6096
    You will also need: Yale's Federal Tax ID Number: 06-0646973
See you all in May 2017.

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