Kids In A New Groove
Rating: 4.88 stars 8 8 reviews
3300 Bee Caves Road Ste. 650-216 Austin TX 78746 USA
Kids in a New Groove (K.I.N.G.) is a 501c3 non-profit that provides private music instruction to kids in the Texas foster care system by matching them with qualified music instructors.
Many people involved in our students' day to day life have seen a vast improvement in life skills once a student becomes involved with our program. School teachers, therapists, and foster parents have noticed the increase in self-esteem and confidence our students exhibit, as well as a willingness to become more readily involved in school and other healthy activities. Students also have shown an increased willingness to trust, as our teachers become a constant and steady influence in their life. We have had students transfer to as many as 4-5 schools and homes in a one-year period, and the support and encouragement from their music teacher is sometimes the only stable factor in their unpredictable circumstances. We are encouraged to see what a real difference music can make to a child who has suffered unimaginable neglect and abuse.
Any child that is currently in the Texas foster care system.
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I am a music teacher for Kids in a New Groove, and it is one of the most unique and exceptional programs with which I have ever been involved. I see first hand the impact that music lessons can have on children in foster care or shelters, and I am constantly re-convinced of the life-changing power of music. These students work harder than most any I have had in my 10 year career of teaching music, and they are truly grateful for the time we spend with them. Not only the students themselves but the guardians of these children always have fantastic things to say about the students' progress, dedication, and hard work.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
the way I experience music as an educator. Not only do I feel like I am making an impact on these students' lives, they do the same for me. I am a better educator and musician having worked with these students.
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Find a way to provide every child at the shelters and homes I visit with lessons. One of the saddest things is to go visit a child and provide them with lessons, and see the other children watching with that look of "that looks fun" on their face.