More than Music: A Look at the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra (Part III) - 5:00
with Betty Perry, Founder at Metropolitan Youth Orchestra
Posted Sep 18, 2017 Expires Sep 30, 2019
More than music, the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra is dedicated to a members entire family unit. The MYO works with several, local organizations to ensure that no family or child is left struggling. Founder Betty Perry describes how the program goes beyond music to serve its community in the final segment of this series. Don't miss any of the conversation; be sure to watch more with Perry here More than Music: A Look at the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra (Part I) and here More than Music: A Look at the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra (Part II). Interview recorded on August 23, 2017. Hosted by Taylor Bennett. Part 3 of 3. Read a partial transcript of the interview here: Bennett: Betty, you talked a little about some of the partnerships that are involved in the program. How does that play into what you guys do Perry: That has to do with the observation of the program. We are celebrating 21 years of the program by the way. After observing things that were taking place with our children and their parents, we noticed some of our kids were coming to rehearsal hungry. Over the years, we also realized a lot of our parents and children were in embattered situations or experiencing domestic violence. We put our teachers through the program from the organization we work with to help them understand what a child might be dealing with. Bennett: So rather than feel like you are responsible for those situations you have something to offer. The kids respond well Perry: Yes, positive reactions. They know what they tell us stays with us and we can offer something for them to get help.
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