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Empowering students through the arts – hip-hop artist Swizz Beatz and Music Unites's Michelle Edgar on 'Music-versity' workshop

Schools across the country are cutting funding for the arts, and many private groups are stepping in to help save them. Music Unites is one of them, a non-profit group that helps empower students through arts and music education.

It works with musicians like Grammy-award winning producer and hip-hop artist Swizz Beatz, who offer in-studio sessions and workshops. Today, Swizz and "Music Unites" will hold a workshop with the Bronx Charter School in New York to stress the importants of arts education.

Swizz Beatz and Music Unites founder Michelle Edgar talk with Soledad O'Brien about their mission.

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  1. mermeid6

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    June 11, 2013 at 8:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. suelee10901

    I was the NY State Educator of Excellence in 1998, after working with the New Standards Research (Pew) .
    We learned in the real, standards research that LEARNING was the essential task of the schools, not teaching.
    Michelle Edgar has done something extraordinary in this regard.

    Our city's youth has lost all the learning experience in the arts, as the funding for school reduced the budgets and required cuts. That means that all those children whose brains were able to grasp the fundamentals of music, would never get the chance to learn that MUSIC could be a life endeavor and a career opportunity.

    I knew Michelle when she first began to play piano, becasue I was her second grade teacher.. I watched her major in Music in college, and although she has not 'played' music as a career, she has dedicated herself to bringing music to our city's schools, so other children can find a lifelong passion and career in music.

    BRAVO, MICHELLE. You are paying it forward! I am so proud of YOU!

    I hope every patron of the arts who can afford to support your foundation, opens their checkbooks, and makes Music Unites a shining example of empowering our children in the arts. I have watched you struggle to put the foundation on its feet, and I am so happy that you have managed to bring your idea into fruition.

    Not every child is going to be enter the world of finance, business or computers. Some will never have the chance to know what their unique creative talents are because their 'education' is decided by politicians and bean-counters who disregard the arts.
    Thank you MIchelle, and three cheers for Swiss Beatz, a very special man!

    January 21, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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