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Teaching Kids to "Accentuate the Positive"

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This winter and spring, teaching artists from Kaufman Music Center showed more than 600 kids from seven NYC public schools how to "Accentuate the Positive" at lyric-writing workshops in classrooms from the Bronx and Harlem down to the Lower East Side.

Developed and supported by The Johnny Mercer Foundation, the workshops focused on four of Mr. Mercer's well-known songs: "Hooray for Hollywood," "Moon River," "Blues in the Night" and "Accentuate the Positive." Find out more about the workshops.

Earlier this winter, the children came to the theater district for three Broadway Playhouse performances introducing them to great composers and lyricists of American musical theater. Broadway Playhouse and Accentuate the Positive open a door to a whole new world for the children, many of whom had never experienced live theater or the Great American Songbook before. Find out more.

Kaufman Music Center & Johnny Mercer Foundation

Here's what some of teachers whose classes participated in "Accentuate the Positive" workshops are saying:

“With the cuts in education threatening the arts even more in public schools, you are providing an invaluable service that is so very important to the students of New York City. You never know...the next Stephen Sondheim or Tom Jones may be born from a spark from Kaufman Music Center and The Johnny Mercer Foundation! “

"Broadway Playhouse has offered my students a once in a lifetime experience. Many of my students have a true love for music, but due to the cost are unable to experience it firsthand. They left the theater with a new appreciation and understanding of the arts. The multiple shows have opened their eyes to a new source of entertainment that will forever be a part of their lives.