The Music Mentors Program is designed to provide small-group, personalized interactions that
enhance the academic, social, and music growth of students at El Sistema Somerville.
Who can participate?
Music Mentors are volunteers who are interested in playing a consistent, positive, and supportive role in the musical and social development of a small group of young musicians by providing small group lessons and coaching sessions. Although El Sistema Somerville is a daily program that teaches music in group settings, we recognize the importance of individualized instruction and relationship building.
What is the time commitment?
We ask Music Mentors to make a committment to a 12-week term of the program at a time, with a weekly commitment. We understand that schedule conflicts do arise, but also know the importance of consistency and routine for our students. Musical instruction occurs at the program from 4:00-5:30 PM, with additional opportunities for mentorship during the lunch hour of any given weekday.
Where is the program located?
The program is located at East Somerville Community School, 50 Cross St., Somerville, MA 02145.
What do I gain from volunteering as a Music Mentor?
Being a Music Mentor makes a difference in the lives of children who need positive role models and caring interactions to succeed fully as students, citizens, and musicians. Taking part in a community service learning project also improves personal satisfaction and self-esteem for the volunteer. For many, the joy of being involved is its own reward. All participants will also have access to special concert activities, guest artists, and musical enrichment. Mentors also gain important volunteer and resumé experience that translates into real-life networking, skills, and opportunities.
Are there opportunities to volunteer besides small-group mentoring?
Yes! Volunteers can also serve as academic tutors from 3:00-3:45 PM or teaching assistants in the group music classroom from 4:00-5:30 each day. Additional volunteer opportunities are also available on a case-by-case basis, including projects in technology, media, arranging, research, event planning, and fundraising. We look forward to hearing from you!
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