Groundwork Mission and Means:
Our mission is to provide free and low cost music lessons to young children with limited means.
Through our programs, children learn to sing, to dance, to keep a beat, to carry a tune, to play an instrument, to create arrangements, to perform for an audience, and to collaborate on a creative endeavor.
Groundwork’s teachers have received training through both the James Hill Ukulele Initiative and Music Together. The Groundwork Music Project, additionally, has created a library of original music that is used in both the classroom and in public performances.
Music and the Preschool Years
Children respond to music from the moment they are born. This is why lullabies and other types of children’s songs are universal. We are hardwired to be musical. Developing musical skills is no less fundamental than learning to move and speak and make sense of the world around us. In fact, learning music helps children to carry themselves with greater confidence and ability in many areas of their lives for years to come.
The ukulele is manageable for small hands, and packs a wallop of versatility. We have brought parents and kids together to learn the instrument in tandem, and we have worked with kids as young as five to discover the expressive value of this instrument.
The musician is constantly adjusting decisions on tempo, tone, style, rhythm, phrasing, and feeling training the brain to become incredibly good at organizing and conducting numerous activities at once. Dedicated practice of this orchestration can have a great payoff for lifelong attentional skills, intelligence, and an ability for self-knowledge and expression. Ratey John J., MD. A User’s Guide to the Brain. New York: Pantheon Books, 2001.