EASTERCHESTER, N.Y. -- Helping students with special learning needs has earned the Eastchester schools and Music Therapy Institute an ASCAP Foundation Award.
Schools Superintendent Walter Moran, Noreen Urso, assistant superintendent of Pupil Personnel, along with Lisa Sandagata from the Westchester Music Therapy Institute were honored with the award during a recent celebration at New York City’s Jazz at Lincoln Center.
The Music Therapy Institute’s partnership with the ASCAP Foundation began six years ago. Since that time, they have provided a generous grant to support music therapy programs in the Eastchester schools, enabling more than 100 students with special learning needs to receive quality music education annually.
John LoFrumento, former ASCAP chief executive officer and his wife Barbara, Eastchester residents, established and fund "The ASCAP Foundation Barbara and John LoFrumento Award," to support music and music therapy programs for autistic learners.
This award, which is presented to the Music Conservatory of Westchester Music Therapy Institute, enables the Institute to expand its music therapy program and provide weekly music therapy sessions to special needs students in the Eastchester school district. During the sessions, students have the opportunity to work with music educators on songwriting and instrumental instruction.