As I sit here on my porch, looking out over the lake, I hear the sounds of the future coming from our outdoor performance venue and the practice cabins nearby. I’m the Director of Marketing and PR for the New England Music Camp in Sidney, ME and I happen to know that the kids here will go on to become successful in whatever profession they choose to pursue as adults. I know this because I spent every summer here as a teenager and have seen friends go on to successful careers, not just in music, but also as leaders in the medical field, technology, graphic arts and a host of other professions. So many of the opportunities that I have had in my life have come as a result of my involvement in music.
Amidst the debate on how to improve school performance despite educational budget cuts, arts education programs are being slashed from the core curriculum in many of our nation’s public schools. There seems to be a very clear focus on the end result (test scores) over the actual process of learning. Children who learn to play an instrument develop critical thinking skills, spatial/relational skills, and learn how to collaborate. These are all essential skills for success in any discipline or profession.
I was really happy to learn that Quaker Chewy Granola Bars has joined forces with the non-profit organization Little Kids Rock and recording artist Nick Jonas to make music education more accessible in schools across the nation. Little Kids Rock focuses on ensuring every public school student has an opportunity to experience music education. The arts are an essential part of any education and many of those children who are not cheated of a music education will be the ones who go on to cure disease, explore space, and negotiate peace in the world.
Quaker Chewy Granola Bars is teaming up with recording artist Nick Jonas to launch a new singing competition for kids. The Quaker Chewy Superstar Search, was created to give parents of kids ages 8 – 14* a platform to showcase their kid’s vocal talents. Four finalists of the Quaker Chewy Superstar Search will each receive a $1,000 cash prize. The Grand Prize winner will get to record a song produced by Nick Jonas, an online music video, a contract with Jonas Group Management and $5,000 in cash.
The Quaker Chewy Superstar Mobile Recording Studio will be making stops at select cities across the country to give kids the chance to record a singing performance of one of 4 pre-selected songs and have that superstar ‘moment’ they deserve. The tour will make nine stops including:
|June 9: New York City metro area||July 9 and 11: Atlanta metro area|
|June 11– 12: New Jersey metro area||July 18 – 20 Dallas metro area|
|June 17 and 19: Cleveland metro area||July 26 and 28: Denver metro area|
|June 23 and 25: Chicago metro area||August 2 – 4: Los Angeles metro area|
|July 2 and 4: Nashville metro area|
Visit www.ChewySuperstar.com for exact locations, dates and times.
Quaker Chewy Superstar MP3 player and Quaker Chewy Granola Bars Giveaway!!
To help spread the word, Quaker has asked that I host a giveaway. One lucky BB reader will win an MP3 player and Chewy Granola Bars!
Enter to win:
- Leave a comment on this post that answers the following question: How has arts education or the lack of it impacted your life?
- Like New England Music Camp and Quaker Chewy Granola Bars on Facebook.
- Follow @banteringblonde and @QuakerChewy
Readers must leave a separate comment for each entry. Must enter by 12am EST 7/21/11.
*I have been compensated for this post. All opinions are my own based on my own experiences.