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Brooklyn, NY,
17
November
2016

Inspiring Children through Music Education

Sofia Reyes shares her passion for music and the role it plays in her life

Growing up, singer/songwriter Sofía Reyes’ parents played an integral role in fueling her passion - music. Now, Sofia is working with State Farm and Little Kids Rock to bring music education into more classrooms.

Little Kids Rock is a national nonprofit dedicated to transforming  lives by restoring, expanding and innovating music education in schools. In October, Sofia visited one of the Little Kids Rock’s partner schools, Juan Morel Campos Secondary in Brooklyn, New York.  She shared her story with the students, emphasizing the role music played in her childhood and her success.

“For me music is an escape, it’s love, it’s inspiration, it’s happiness,” shared Sofia. “I am really grateful to State Farm and Little Kids Rock for the chance to share my story and see how they get involved with music.”

Music plays an important role in a student’s success in school. Music education contributes to an increase in graduation rates (90.2 percent as compared to 72.9 percent)[1], higher rates of math proficiency by 20 percent[2], and positive behaviors among students.

But when school budgets are tight how can students be inspired and empowered without music? Since 2002, Little Kids Rock has taken on this challenge, giving more than 500,000 underserved school children access to engaging, modern band music classes and new instruments - at no cost to students, teachers or school districts.

Music connects people through a shared passion and State Farm believes in the power of music, community and good neighbors.

In 2014, State Farm and Little Kids Rock gave the gift of music education to more than 1,500 school children by donating 1,000 instruments. In 2016, a second State Farm donation will help launch Little Kids Rock’s Modern Band music programs in 15 new schools and distribute 1,000 more instruments for use by students and teachers.

"Music is a glue,” said Little Kids Rock founder and CEO David Wish. "It's a social adhesive that brings people together who otherwise may never connect. At Little Kids Rock, we believe that everyone is innately musical — it just has to be drawn out of you. We are so grateful for State Farm's support to ensure that every student has the opportunity to unleash their inner music-maker.”

“Everything in our classroom, all the instruments, we wouldn’t even have it without Little Kids Rock,” said Oswaldo, student/pianist at Juan Morel Campos Secondary School.

Music education enhances student success in school and State Farm is proud to team up with Little Kids Rock to ensure a brighter future for our children.

[1] Harris Interactive poll of high school principals conducted Spring 2006; funded by NAfME and NAMM

[2] Catterall, James S., Richard Chapleau, and John Iwanaga (2002), “Involvement in the Arts and Human Development: Extending an Analysis of General Associations and Introducing the Special Cases of Intensive Involvement in Music and Theatre Arts.” In R. Deasy (Ed.), Critical Links: Learning in the Arts and Student Achievement and Social Development, Washington, DC: AEP