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The Music Project
The Music Project
For the past 10 years, Bernadette has worked with kids – all kinds – alternative, inner city, at risk, little kids, big kids, black kids, white kids, Asian kids, Hispanic kids, hostile kids, autistic kids, Down’s syndrome kids. She has found that she has an incredible affinity for them, but most importantly them for her. In 2013, she was the subject of an Emmy award-winning documentary entitled “Bernadette’s Touch,” which chronicled the progress of a group from Northshore called “The Wranglers”.
Their progress has been amazing in its simplicity that rhythm and speech are so necessary to each other. This is why Bernadette’s program works. The “inclusion” piece has come from her desire and ability to bring all these “kids” together to a common place where they can be compassionate, then have fun together.
How it began
Music Project began 10 years ago at the Secondary Academy of Success (SAS), the Northshore School District’s alternative high school. It’s Founder and Music Director is and has been Bernadette Bascom who provided the program a unique vision of the importance of inclusivity through music.
The Project program was introduced to nearly 60 students at Skyview Junior High School in 2015-16. This new school year, the Project will be at Woodmoor elementary school, the district’s school with the largest number of students with special educational needs.
A program culmination concert for Skyview students was held in May 2016 at the 700-seat Northshore Performing Arts Center in Bothell. Well known celebrity personalities in the music world of director Bascom performed with the students. The first concert, featuring Skyview students, was presented to a SRO audience of family, school and community supporters.
Woodmoor will present its “cast” of Music Project performers in a special program culmination concert May 22, 2017 at the Performing Arts Center.
The Project Team
Founding Creative Director
Monte Bridges, Superintendent of Puget Sound Education Service Department, King and Pierce County 2002-2012, Educational Leadership Consultant
Carlene Brown, Chair of Music Department at Seattle Pacific University in Music Therapy
Steve Dolan, Woodinville Rotarian and Music Project Treasurer
Roger Fisher, founder of Heart, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee; Inglemoor graduate
John B. Hughes, Executive Director, Scholarship Foundation of Northshore
Cole Caplan, Founder of Northshore Inclusion Program
Sharol Klise, Director of Operations
Rosemary McAuliffe, 24-year Washington State Senator and a Champion for Education
Heidi Schauble, Assistant to Director for Program; graduate of Music Project
Alonda Williams, former Education Director for Microsoft; Bellevue College development
Mission and Goals
To broaden the program by teaching young instructors with the same love of music and children.
Take this Program to as many young people as humanly possible. The costs are to cover instruction and the closing performance