AIFEC removes barriers for students who live in poverty; by encouraging children to participate, awarding grants to cover all program expenses and by providing each participant with his/her own instrument free of charge for the duration of the program. AIFEC’s goals are empowerment and accessibility and to enable all children to experience the joy and benefits of playing music, regardless of their socio-economic position.
Empowering Positive Change in the Community
The most important changes we are aiming to achieve include:
- Increased access to music programs for disadvantaged children in Hamilton
- Increasing the number of parents who are actively engaged in their children’s music education
- Maximizing the program’s positive benefits (Students/parents and staff/teachers report positive benefits for almost 90% of current participating students)
How Music Helps to Change Lives
AIFEC believes that ALL children should have opportunities to be exposed to music and to learn to play an instrument.
Educational research shows that:
- Children who study the arts demonstrate stronger overall academic performance. Education is a top public policy priority and the role of the arts in learning is of great interest to parents, educators, legislators, civic leaders and business owners.
- Arts programs improve students’ self-confidence and build communication and problem-solving skills in children and teens. This experience prepares young people to be the resourceful and creative problem solvers, who employers seek for today’s work force.
- The Arts help to develop the kinds of innovative minds and creative skills required by the entertainment, advertising, design, technical, scientific and other industries that enable businesses to compete successfully in the 21st century workplace.