In 2009, the 9/11 School Recovery Program published, “How We Healed”, a review of the many programs and people who came together to assist lower Manhattan schools, students, teachers and social workers after September 11th. Feel the Music! was honored to be able to provide after-school workshops in percussion and songwriting to students in several schools
The frog project continues! Feel the Music! families hand-painted a second batch of percussion frogs and we sent them to an army hospital in Iraq. These hand painted “Feel the Music!” frogs provided much needed moments of joy to dozens of soldiers. What brought tears to our eyes was learning the soldiers, once out of the hospital, are giving their frogs to Iraqi children.
The frog is an unlikely symbol of recovery, resilience and compassion. Yet for families who lost loved ones on September 11th, in the 2004 Madrid bombings, and for families left devastated by Hurricane Katrina, the humble frog became a gentle reminder that others “care about us and share our sorrow.”
Feel the Music! Frog Project Bookmarks Available! Beautiful full colour bookmarks with a picture of the handpainted frogs now available! Download PDF Download JPG Feel the Music Frog Projectpercussion frogs are hand-painted by 9/11 families and send a message of peace, healing and hope. Support the Feel the Music! Frog Project by purchasing bookmarks to hand out at your school or workplace! contact Nicolle at firstname.lastname@example.org to order.
Aug 24, 2007, Four films made by Feel the Music! students received SEVEN AWARDS last night at the 4th Annual RECYouth Multimedia Festival! Congratulations!! Award Recipients are: BEST SCREENPLAY: THE LETTER BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: THE LETTER BEST TV SHOW: FOOD LUST BEST ACTOR (3 way tie): MONSTER IN MY CLOSET BEST NARRATIVE: MONSTER IN MY CLOSET BEST DOCUMENTARY: EDUCATING CATTLE BEST EDITING: EDUCATING CATTLE And also shown at the festival last night: THE BOOK The above films were made by teens…
May 30, 2007, a new educational DVD, created by The Discovery Education Network in 2007, includes a beautiful and moving 8 minute segment about the Feel the Music! program and the teen outreach group, Hope to Cope. This educational DVD was sent to teachers and schools all over the country. Watch this space, the whole segment will be online soon!
Feb 25, 2007 Feel the Music! is honored to be prominently featured in the Red Cross 125th Anniversary Annual Report (2006). From 2005-2008, Feel the Music! was funded by the American Red Cross Recovery Grants program to provide services for hundreds of children and families directly impacted by September 11th. Click on images to view larger size.Â Download entire Red Cross 2006 Annual Report (from redcross.org/pubs) Photo of Bashiri Johnson taken by Valerie Ghent, December 2006.
September 9, 2006, Hope to Cope and Feel the Music! are a featured story on the CBS Early Show with Katie Couric, including live footage from the recording session, how the song “Fight” ‘came to be’, interviews with several participants and with our Executive Director, Valerie Ghent and more: