BERKELEY HEIGHTS—Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts (WIPA) announced today that its Performing Arts School located at 60 Locust Avenue in Berkeley Heights will participate in Keep Music Alive’s 4th Annual Teach Music Week, March 19-25. Formerly known as Teach Music America, this annual week-long event encourages musicians and music schools everywhere to offer a free lesson or class to new students of all ages.

Students are invited to sit in on a group class at the Performing Arts School for free from March 19-25. Sign up required for Teach Music Week by calling 908-790-0700. Additionally, anyone interested in private music lessons may sign up March 19-25 for a FREE 30-minute intro lesson on any instrument or voice. Up to 5 free intro lessons will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Sign up and more information about intro lessons available online at www.whartonarts.org.

Teach Music Week Group Classes

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Early Childhood Music Classes

Ages 1.5-7

Class times and descriptions available online at whartonarts.org/courses/early-childhood-music

Pathways to Music

Ages 4-7

Class times and descriptions available online at whartonarts.org/courses/group-lessons

Musical Theater

Ages 5-18

Class times and descriptions available online at whartonarts.org/courses/musical-theater

Drama
Ages 7-16

Class times and descriptions available online at whartonarts.org/courses/drama

Dance
Ages 5-13

Class times and descriptions available online at whartonarts.org/courses/dance/

Music Theory

Ages 7-18

Class times and descriptions available online at whartonarts.org/courses/music-theory

Last year, over 600 music schools and retail locations in all 50 states and Canada participated in Teach Music Week, held every year during the third week of March to coincide with National "Music in Our Schools Month" (MiOSM). Teach Music Week is going global in 2018 and anticipates partnering with close to 1,000 locations in over a dozen countries. Vincent James, co-founder of Keep Music Alive says, “We all know that the biggest hurdle to doing something is often just getting started. With Teach Music America, we are hoping to inspire a multitude of new musicians who will continue reaping the educational, social and therapeutic benefits of playing music long after the month of March is over.”

Keep Music Alive is national non-profit dedicated to promoting the value of music: educationally, therapeutically and overall making us a happier society. To support this mission they founded two music holidays: Kids Music Day occurring the 1st Friday in October and Teach Music Week occuring the 3rd week in March.  Each year they partner with hundreds of music school and music retail locations to celebrate by offering free music lessons and holding numerous events including open houses, student music performances, community jams, instrument donation drives, instrument petting zoos and more.  For more information please visit www.KeepMusicAlive.org.

The Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts’ mission is to provide the highest quality performing arts education to a wide range of students in a supportive and inclusive environment, where striving for personal excellence inspires and connects those we teach to the communities we serve.

Wharton is New Jersey’s largest independent non-profit community performing arts education center serving over 1,400 students through a range of classes and ensembles including the 14 ensembles of the New Jersey Youth Symphony which serve 500 students in grades 3 - 12. Beginning with Early Childhood music classes for infants and toddlers, WIPA offers private lessons, group classes and ensembles for all ages and all abilities. We believe in the positive and unifying influence of music and the performing arts and believe that arts education should be accessible to all people regardless of their ability to pay. We teach all instruments and voice and have a robust musical theatre program.

The Paterson Music Project is Wharton’s El Sistema-inspired program held at the Community Charter School of Paterson and Paterson Public School 1/26. Students receive 6 hours of intensive music instruction each week with the goal of creating social change through the ambitious pursuit of musical excellence.

Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts is located in Berkeley Heights, New Providence and Paterson, NJ and reaches students from 13 counties. All of WIPA’s extraordinary faculty members and conductors hold degrees in their teaching specialty and have been vetted and trained to enable our students to achieve their personal best.