Viral fiddler EZINMA visits Bronx public schools to help create the next generation of musicians of color

Acclaimed violinist, recording artist and viral sensation Ezinmaknown for her seamless fusion of hip-hop and classical music which has led to performances with headliners such as Beyoncé, Yo-Yo Ma, SZA, Kendrick Lamar and Joshua Bellwill visit three Bronx elementary schools on Wednesday.

These performances are part of a series of sessions that Meredith Ezinma Ramsay is leading on behalf of her new foundation, Chords by heartwhich aims to bring more diversity, access and inclusion to the world of classical music through music education.

‘Classical Bae’, as she is affectionately known, will perform interactive demonstrations at PS 18 John Peter Zenger, PS 30 Wilton and PS 70 Max Schoenfeld schools. Its goal is to encourage students to apply for the Strings by Heart Foundation Music Education Program whose mission is to “equip”, “educate” and “empower” students by offering courses private and collective, access to leading cultural instruments and events and a community. driven approach. During these sessions, students will be encouraged to try out instruments, participate in listening activities, and get excited about learning something new while developing a relationship with other students.

“Through Strings by Heart, I am committed to cultivating the next generation of classical music artists,” Ezinma said. “Music education plays a pivotal role in helping children and young adults identify their passions and determine a path to their desired goals. I want to give children, especially those in underserved communities, the chance to experience the joy of music while developing skills that will last a lifetime.” According to a recent study published by Strad Magazine, black and Latino musicians are historically underrepresented in classical orchestras, constituting less than 4% of orchestra members. orchestra.Music education develops discipline, leadership, better focus and better grades in addition to fostering a sense of community.Shar Music is the exclusive supplier of stringed instruments and education products Related for Strings By Heart.

For more information on Strings by Heart, visit https://ezinma.com/stringsbyheart.

Photo credit: Nathan Johnson

About Strings by Heart: Strings by Heart is a 501(c)(3) that believes that quality music education should be available to all children. The foundation’s mission is to connect children in underserved communities to classical music in order to help them develop the discipline, collaboration and leadership skills needed to pursue and realize their dreams. To learn more about the program, please visit https://ezinma.com/stringsbyheart.

About Ezinma: Meredith Ezinma Ramsay, known professionally as Ezinma, is a classical recording artist, violinist, educator and philanthropist who discovered the violin at the age of four. Since then, she has participated in orchestras, string quartets and music festivals, and has been a private teacher. Ezinma created Strings by Heart to bring more diversity, access and inclusion to the world of classical music. Ezinma wrote the score for the 2018 documentary The Bill Cunningham era the beloved New York Times photographer and worked on the blockbuster’s score Black Pantherand was featured in the New York Times, People, Essence, She, Magazine Strings and by BBC News. Learn more about her at https://www.ezinma.com/.

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