Why Diversity?

Today the topic of diversity and inclusion is taking center stage. It is at the forefront of almost every news story, dinner conversation and social media channel. Yet, despite 40 million people living in this country with a disability, when people think of the word diversity, disability is not on the top of their minds. In fact, it is barely in the consideration set – even though it is the largest minority in the country, has no prejudice and is the only group that can be joined at any time due to age, illness or accident. However, once people have the opportunity to consider the distinct set of circumstances and challenges that individuals with disabilities face, they begin to appreciate their talents and abilities, as well as understand and respect the importance of our mission.

The DMF Diversity Awareness Through Music Initiative

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The DMF Diversity Awareness Through Music Initiative is a free volunteer program for schools and corporations that uses the universal language of music to build a bridge between individuals with disabilities and the general public. It provides the opportunity for people of all abilities and backgrounds to engage with and appreciate each other while experiencing the joy of music together. Through story telling, videos and music, we have designed an informative, engaging and interactive experience that allows people to see the “ability” in disability. The result is that participants often feel a transformative sense of camaraderie, while simultaneously helping shape a mindset of understanding and mutual respect. 

When you have a disability often times you are faced with being defined by that disability. At Daniel’s Music, we firmly believe that everyone is an individual, and should be treated as such. So, through the DMF Diversity Awareness Through Music Initiative, we are encouraging people of all ages with the simple message of “Just Call Me By My Name.” A notion we are so passionate about we have embraced it as an organization and proudly wear it across our chests.

How does it Work?

Offered either on-site at our music center in East Harlem or off-site at a suitable and convenient location for you, we will work together to design a meaningful program for your organization. All programs include a 30 to 60-minute presentation, followed by an activity of your choice. We have developed a broad range of options that reinforce our message of understanding. Each program can be customized to best suit the needs of your organization and can be built as a one-time event or a series. They can be scaled up or down in size, depending upon the number of participants and can be developed for children as young as 5 years old to adults. Below are just some of the activities that are available:

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If you are interested in learning more about the DMF Diversity Awareness Through Music Initiative, please fill out the contact form below and we will get back to you shortly. If you would prefer to speak with someone directly, please contact Carla Sullivan at 212.289.8912 or carla@danielsmusic.org.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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