VH1 Save the Music Benefit Dinner on April 21 at TU

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The Alpha Chi Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity hosts the VH1 Save The Music Foundation benefit dinner at The University of Tulsa.

Save the Music Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of education in America's public schools by restoring music programs in cities across the country, and raising public awareness about the importance of music participation for our nation's youth.

The event will be held at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 21, 2009.  Food from Qdoba Mexican Grill will be served in the Great Hall of the Allen Chapman Activity Center, located at 440 S. Gary at the Northeast corner of TU campus.  The cost is $3 at the door. Additional donations will also be accepted. All proceeds will go to the VH1 Save the Music Foundation. Local bands and musical groups will provide live entertainment to accompany the dinner.

Tulsa is listed as a 2009 Benefiting City of VH1 Save the Music.   TU's Alpha Chi chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity is helping to organize the event to advance music in America, with an emphasis on providing musical opportunity for Tulsa youth.

Information provided by the VH1 Save the Music Foundation shows that young children who received a year of musical training showed brain changes and superior memory compared with children who did not receive the instruction.

"It is very interesting that the children taking music lessons improved more over the year on general memory skills that are correlated with nonmusical abilities — such as literacy, verbal memory, visiospatial processing, mathematics and IQ — than did the children not taking lessons," said Laurel J. Trainor, researcher of the study at McMaster University in Canada.

A study of rural and urban inner-city schools found that arts programs helped schools in economically disadvantaged communities develop students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills; create more opportunities for intellectual and emotional exploration; increase student self-esteem, self-expression, interest in school and engagement with others; promote school-wide communication and collaboration and increase parental involvement and teacher creativity.

Those interested in attending the dinner or making a donation may contact Matt Silies at matt-silies@utulsa.edu or go to www.SupportMusic.com.

Matt Stiles