"Without music life would be a mistake."
— Friedrich Nietzsche
Ongoing Music Programs Supported by the Newark Educational Foundation (NEF)

The Elementary Band Program enables 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students to receive instruction on woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments. The students meet after school multiple times a week during the school year. The program provides students the opportunity to experience the joy of music while preparing them to join the award-winning Newark Junior High School band program. A limited number of instruments are available on a first-come first-served basis to students who need them.
The NEF provides all of the funding for the Newark Elementary Band Program.

Register for the Fall Elementary Band Program

Registation is now open for the Fall Elementary Band Program. Newark Unified School District students who are in the 4th, 5th or 6th grade for the 2019-2020 school year are eligible for the fall program, but class size is limited. Once you are registered, you will receive an email indicating the date of the first class. Classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM in the cafeteria at Birch Grove Intermediate School at 37490 Birch Street in Newark.

To register your student, please complete this form. We will contact you as soon as possible. Please note that all information entered is secure.

"Where words fail, music speaks."
— Hans Christian Andersen
Other Musical Activities Supported by the NEF

From time-to-time the NEF supports other deserving music related activities. This support is intended to assist the receiving organization or group with unique or unplanned expenses. Members of the organization must demonstrate a commitment to raising a majority of the needed funds for such activities before the NEF considers funding such a request.

Music for Minors II delivers dynamic music appreciation classes to the Kindergarten and 1st grade students in all 7 Elementary schools in the Newark School District. Students enjoy singing, musical game playing, and more in each class session. The Newark Educational Foundation has provided funding for this program.

The Newark High School Band was in a quandary. All their hard work had finally paid off and they were invited to a competition in Seattle. Now the challenge was to get the entire band to the competition. The NEF provided funds, and when combined with the heroic efforts of the Band's members and boosters, enough money was raised to ensure that all of the Band's members could go to the competition.

Flooding in several rooms at Newark Memorial High School damaged many of the costumes and sets for an upcoming musical production by the Drama department. The NEF provided funding and the "show went on" as students, teachers and volunteers worked tirelessly to replace missing costumes and rebuild the damaged sets in time for the production.