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Hey Mozart New Mexico
June 12, 2011

My name is Jeanie McLerie, and I have been involved with Hey Mozart New Mexico since 2008, and a board member since 2010. I teach children fiddle in Silver City, New Mexico. In 2009 I had 3 students submit compositions to the project, and two of them, Ella Jaz Kirk and Ella Myers came in the top sixteen winners. You can see Ella Jaz's song called " The Hand" on youtube by typing in Ellajaz/Hey Mozart. This was filmed at the concert on Nov 6, 2009 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. All the winners played their compositions, and then they heard the arrangement (done by one of the Hey Mozart arrangers) that had been done of their composition. It was a wonderful concert, and it is obvious the see what a boost this is to a young composer. Many of my students continue to write tunes and songs and it was Hey Mozart that really inspired them to do it on a regular basis. This year I had some great compositions by some of the younger ones (between 5- 7 years) but they were not confident to enter the contest yet. And some of my 12 and older students have written some wonderful tunes, but are too old for the project. It doesn't matter because they are tuned into creating and composing now, and will probably always want to do that. I think this is a fantastic non-profit organization and of course it needs financial help. I want to see Hey Mozart continue for the many creative children in New Mexico. I am a believer in giving children a boost in the world of music.

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Board Member & I helped my students send in their compositions by recording them on CD and transcribing the tunes for them.