The Center for Musical Youth will foster creative collaboration and musical discovery, with acoustically designed spaces that invite innovation and inspire joyful music-making.
It will be the only one of its kind in upstate New York.
At a time when the US Surgeon General has identified a mental health crisis among our youth, our Center will offer students a lifeline. Ample studies point to music’s positive impact on mental health and well-being. The largest investigation on the effect of music and youth brain development was conducted by James Hudziak and his team at the University of Vermont in 2014. Using MRI technology on 232 children ages 6-18, Hudziak concluded that playing music:
ESYO's proposed music center will provide new and innovative ways to make music training more widely available to youths, beginning in childhood, and will expand access to high quality music instruction for young people outside of the school day.
ESYO empowers youth to lead, both in and out of the rehearsal space. Whether it is a discussion about repertoire, the promotion of an upcoming performance or how best to create greater equity across the organization, our members are at the table.
The Center's meeting spaces have been designed to empower our youth to explore their musical interests collaboratively. Whether it be in our new recording studio, percussion practice room, student lounge or on the outside terrace, youth will have a place to share ideas, laughter and inspiration. With a membership spread across the region, the Center will facilitate meaningful connections between diverse communities.
The Center will also have a positive economic impact, with more than 600 families traveling to the Center each week, the business improvement corridors of Schenectady and Scotia/Glenville. The Center will provide:
ESYO seeks to remove barriers to music engagement, education and performance in variety of ways:
While we have made great strides in fostering equity and inclusion, a physical Music Center will be a game changer:
The ESYO Center for Musical Youth made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.