Northern Manhattan ‘Music Project’ Holds Concert

WHIN is based on the Venezuelan El Sistema model. (Photo via Manhattan Times)

WHIN is based on the Venezuelan El Sistema model. (Photo via Manhattan Times)

At The Washington Heights and Inwood Music Project (WHIN), most of its 130 students learn how to play music using donated instruments, some of which use parts from other instruments. Fees are based on a sliding scale with some parents paying $1 per class, others more. “But no one is ever turned away if they can’t afford to pay,” co-founder Andrea Profili told Manhattan Times’ Sherry Mazzocchi.

Profili explains that the organization aims to provide the children with educational opportunities often reserved only for those who can afford it – like private music lessons.

WHIN is based on the Venezuelan El Sistema model, an orchestra for young people that conceives of music as a human right. Playing an instrument not only teaches children music, but also co-operation, leadership and a sense of mastery.

About 130 children participate in the program. The majority of students are from Washington Heights and Inwood, but students from The Bronx, Brooklyn and even New Jersey play in the orchestra.

On Dec. 10 WHIN, now in its fourth year, will hold a concert that will feature students as young as 3 performing “All You Need is Love” as well a performance of Argentine tango composer Astor Piazzolla’s “Adios, Nonino,” by the orchestra, among other songs.

For more on WHIN and its upcoming concert, go to Manhattan Times.

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  1. Are drum lessons available for an 11year old?

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