The After School Music Program
The After School Music Program (ASMP) is a ministry offered by Saint Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church. It is a free after school program offered to two neighborhood Amphi District elementary schools, Holaway and Rio Vista, that are located near the Church and serve an economically disadvantaged population.
Working closely with the principals of the two schools, the program seeks to serve those students most in need. The children are challenging and wonderful. We are changing lives as they change ours and are companions in this journey of discovery and learning. The principals of both schools have told us we are making a difference with these children — and we can see and feel it too.
The program employs a part-time Director who oversees the daily operation of the program and maintains open communications with the schools and participating families. The Director has the opportunity to meet with parents at pick-up time. This contact affords an opportunity to ascertain any family difficulties which might hinder program participation and to respond, within the limits of the program’s financial resources, as is appropriate.
The program also employs a part-time music instructor who directs the student choir and the chimes choir. Each day all students get an hour of voice and choral training. The ASMP Choir sings monthly in an Evening Prayer service which they lead.
Some parents elect for their students to receive piano instruction. Each of those students receives a weekly lesson from a volunteer piano teacher and has a daily practice session supervised by volunteers. Students who do not receive piano lessons participate in the chimes choir. Two student recitals are presented each school year at which piano and chimes students and the ASMP Choir demonstrate their progress for their families and the Saint Philip’s parish. A family dinner follows each recital.
Our program meets four days a week, Monday through Thursday. We enroll 22 children third through fifth grades. Our ministry is made possible by donations from the church and community and the fact that we are staffed almost entirely by 50-plus volunteers.
Volunteers perform a variety of tasks, ranging from providing snacks, escorting students around the church campus for lessons, providing one-on-one homework supervision, and collecting and escorting students via the contracted transportation service that the program provides. Volunteers also provide professional mathematics and/or reading skills remediation where needed.
Volunteers are needed Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 2:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesdays are half days at the schools, so we have a longer day, which we cover with two teams, one from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and the next from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Working in teams gives us flexibility if a volunteer needs to be away.
We welcome volunteers who love children and want to grow, learn, and share a wonderful experience. For more information or to volunteer, please contact the ASMP Interim Director, Mtr. Taylor Devine, by clicking “Contact ASMP” below.
Funding and the Board
A portion of the funding for this program comes from Saint Philip’s, but the volunteer Governing Board is expected to raise that portion of the cost not covered by the church’s contribution.
Current governing board members are:
Yonny Beers, Elaine Damgaard, Greg Casey, Taylor Devine, Soame Dustin, Beverly Edminster, Susan Erickson, Christopher Fullerton, Bill Kruse, Richard Kuns, Estie Lawrence, Carolyn McKeeman, Roger Rainbolt, Marlene Ray, and Bonnie Winn.