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Music of the Heart
SUBJECTS — Music; U.S./1991 - Present; New York;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Disabilities; Talent; Education;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Responsibility; Citizenship.
Age: 13+; Rated PG for brief mild language and sensuality; Drama; 1999; 124 minutes; Color.
A popular and innovative violin teacher at mostly black and Hispanic elementary schools in New York City is laid off due to budget cuts. The teacher refuses to accept her fate and fade away. She and the parents of her students band together to raise money to pay her salary. Can they succeed? Will the public take notice and support their efforts? Or are these children doomed to be deprived of their beloved teacher and their hope for an education in music? The film was inspired by the achievements of Roberta Guaspari and her students in the East Harlem Violin Program.
The TeachWithMovies.com Learning Guide to Music of the Heart will help teachers inspire music students. It shows young children eager to learn and practice the violin; caring and nurturing inner city schools; female role models; a committed and talented teacher; a dedicated principal; a crippled child overcoming her handicaps; and parents of all races in the still functioning melting pot of New York City working together to raise their children.
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Music of the Heart is the fictional version of the inspiring documentary Small Wonders. Both films are excellent renditions of the experiences of Roberta Guaspari and the students of the East Harlem Violin Program.
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In the movie, Ms. Guaspari arranges an audition at Julliard for one of her best students. Julliard is America's premier performing arts college/conservatory. Founded in 1905, it was renamed in 1919 for wealthy textile merchant Augustus Julliard, who left 20 million dollars to the school. Its campus is New York's renowned performing arts complex at Lincoln Center, home of the New York Philharmonic, the New York City Ballet, and the Metropolitan Opera. Julliard has music, vocal music, and dance departments.
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