Save the Date: 4th Annual Watertown MusicFest will be March 6, 2015!
Please support the WHS music trip to NYC by stopping at the Election Day Bake Sale at the Phillips School!
Friends of Watertown Music is pleased to announce a $5,863 grant to the Watertown Public Schools to ensure that all elementary students receive music education classes with an appropriate student:teacher ratio. This support will help reduce the burden on overextended music teachers throughout the system.
The Schools are matching our funds in a 2.5 to 1 ratio, creating a 0.4 FTE position at the Hosmer School that also includes pre-school and pre-kindergarten music classes.
The Middle School Jazz Band, originally funded by a 2012-13 Friends of Watertown Music grant of $6,800, is now incorporated into the school budget. One of our key goals has been to fund initiatives that are then sustained in the general school budget. We continue to work with the School Administration to respond to needs identified by the music teachers and create opportunities for the students! We have every expectation that this year’s grant will also function as seed money and allow the cost of the new position to become a permanent part of the music program.
We would like to thank all of our supporters for their generous gifts of time and money toward our educational mission, and we invite as many as possible to join us at the Wednesday, November 5, 2014 School Committee meeting (Town Hall, 7 pm) for the presentation of our grant.
We look forward to your continued engagement in music in Watertown Public Schools, and we’ll see you on March 6th for the 4th Annual Watertown Music Fest!