A Community Message from Cofounders, Chloe Cooper and Claire Casanova
It saddens us that we are currently facing a time in our lives were we still have to fight for basic human rights. It saddens us knowing that ourselves and the students we have taught face systematic injustices. Our day to day interactions with Black youth and students of color is who we are, and we want them to be able to live in a world where they can exist without being judged purely off of their skin color.
We stand with the Black community. We oppose injustice, cruelty, and systemic racism in all its forms. Generation Music has and always will undoubtedly support our Black students, volunteers, team members, partners, and musicians. It’s hard to watch our city be torn against itself in the same neighborhoods that we try to make a difference in, but please know that your voice is heard. You matter. You are heard. We ask that everyone during this time to please stay safe whether you are at home or protesting.
We know that music unites and brings people together, but we feel that in this instance it is not enough. Instead, we encourage you to join us in sharing and supporting any resources that can help make a change in our society and give us a new reality. Together, our voices can be heard. We will get through this together.
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With much love,
Chloe Cooper & Claire Casanova, Cofounders
Who We Are
Generation Music founders, Claire Casanova and Chloe Cooper are university students studying Music Education and Entrepreneurship. They both have a passion for music and noticed the overwhelming demand for innovative arts education in the School District of Philadelphia. The two decided to create Generation Music because they wanted children to have the same opportunities as they did growing up with music and learning their instruments through their schools' music programs. By visiting schools across the city of Philadelphia, Chloe and Claire have created short lessons for students to easily understand the basics of music in a way that is relevant in today's society. Chloe and Claire have so far visited:
Arts and Sciences Middle School
Francis Scott Key Elementary School
HA Brown Elementary School
Alexander Adaire Elementary School
Between these schools, Chloe and Claire have so far taught more than 250 students from grades third to sixth!
COVID-19 has presented many challenges for all, especially those in the arts field. Our organization relied on visiting schools across the city of Philadelphia and hosting after-school workshops through the help of Settlement Music School. Generation Music has found alternative ways to continue reaching students virtually by using softwares such as Zoom and Youtube to ensure that we can still provide an outlet for students wanting to learn about music. We are excited to announce that we have started a Youtube channel called Generation Music Plus. Our goal for this channel is to create content that continues to teach students about the many instruments used in ensembles and recording our classroom lessons to make them accessible to watch outside of a classroom setting.
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"A great community based effort that brings music to public schools. Brava ladies!"