Kennedy Violins Partners with The Harmony ProgramPosted by Ben Heckler
New York, NY – Kennedy Violins, a revered name in the music industry, has announced a generous
donation of 50 instruments and the facilitation of another 495 instruments to support The Harmony
Program in New York. This strategic partnership aims to significantly bolster music education and
enrich the lives of children in the city’s most underserved neighborhoods.
The Harmony Program, a distinguished 501(c)(3) organization, is renowned for its dedication to
promoting collective music-making, thereby instilling essential life skills and fostering meaningful
connections among peers. By integrating music education directly into communities that are often
underrepresented in classical music, The Harmony Program is making a profound impact, shaping the
future of over 3,000 students annually.
With this substantial contribution, Kennedy Violins reaffirms its commitment to fostering the arts
and supporting educational initiatives. “We are thrilled to partner with The Harmony Program, a beacon
of hope and excellence in music education in New York City,” stated Joel Kennedy from Kennedy
Violins. “By providing these instruments, we are not just giving tools for music; we are empowering
children to build confidence, discipline, and a sense of community.”
The Harmony Program‘s track record speaks volumes about its dedication and effectiveness in
nurturing young talent. Boasting an 89% attendance rate across its programs, the organization has
successfully reached over 7,000 children, delivering more than 5,000 hours of instruction annually. The
results are noteworthy, with 82% of students meeting the program’s musicianship standards and 93%
achieving age-level expectations in self-esteem.
This collaboration is not just about providing instruments; it’s a testament to the power of
partnership, community support, and the enduring impact of music education. Both Kennedy Violins
and The Harmony Program are excited about the future and the endless possibilities this partnership
brings to the children and communities of New York City.
Kennedy Violins provides quality, affordable stringed musical instruments, instrument rentals,
and lessons. They are actively involved in supporting music education and performance opportunities
for young musicians in the community
Ben Heckler is a multi-instrumentalist and musician from Portland, Oregon. Currently Ben lives in Barcelona where he teaches drum lessons, writes and records original music for his band Sea Fuzz as well as playing drums for one of the biggest Beatles tribute bands in Europe, The Flaming Shakers.
Ben is constantly creating and composing various types of music, video, and artwork for a multitude of projects that come his way. He hopes to use his platforms to share, help and inspire others to create in their own ways.