Friends of Watertown Music is a group of volunteer parents and friends established in the summer of 2011, in response to budget cuts, to raise the funds necessary to sustain and enhance the comprehensive nature of the music programs in the Watertown Public Schools.
As a small, local organization within the community, we are able to respond directly to the needs of the music program, including seed funding for additional teaching staff. Since our inception, we have awarded over $27,000 grants to the music program in the Watertown Public Schools, including two recent grants: $1710 toward scholarships for the biennial high school music department trip to the Heritage Festival in NYC in April 2017 and $1750 for amps for the new Reach Out music class in October 2017. Plans are in process to establish a fund to bring in professional performers to our schools on an annual basis.
From our very first grant to restore the Middle School Jazz Band, our grants have added to the music teaching staff allowing more music to be taught at the elementary, middle, and high school level. We are extremely proud that our funds have contributed toward increased teaching for adaptive music and instrument instruction. All of our elementary students – no matter what school they attend – now have equal access and instruction on all of the instruments offered in the Watertown Public Schools!
We have also won grants from outside organizations, funding over $16,000 worth of new instruments and instrument repairs for the student instrument program at all schools, including our most recent grant for percussion instruments from the Watertown Community Foundation collaboration with the Watertown Education Foundation.