NEW BRITAIN - Students and faculty at HALS Academy were treated to a private concert Friday morning, thanks to one student’s passion for music.
The student, Genesis Brown, was recently selected at the winner of the VH1 Save the Music Foundation’s National Student Essay Contest.
More than 50 kindergarten-through- eighth-grade students from across the nation submitted essays about why music education in school is important.
Brown wrote in her essay:
“For some students, music can be a second heartbeat, their entire world. But for others, it can mean nothing - not even a passing thought. But shouldn’t we reinforce the importance of music in our schools?
“Creative thinking is crucial in our learning community, and music plays a big role in being a learning gateway to creativity. It can change the mindsets, of many students everywhere.
“Creativity is very important in the advancement of the mind as well. A mind with no creativity will have no social, mental or emotional development. But, with music, students will be able to express themselves more freely through music.”
Actor, singer and songwriter Jordan Fisher performed at HALS Academy as part of Brown’s grand prize.
Fisher, who last year made his Broadway debut playing the roles of John Laurens and Philip Hamilton in “Hamilton,” personally selected Brown’s essay from amonth the submissions.
Brown’s concert wasn’t the only prize for HALS, though. The Save the Music Foundation donated a $10,000 Keys+Kids Piano Grant, which will enable the school to buy a Casio piano and three Casio workstations.
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