Soundscapes uses intensive music study and ensemble performance to build essential executive, social, and critical thinking skills in children. Soundscapes enrolls over 400 children at 5 different title 1 schools annually in Newport News, Virginia. As Program & Media Manager, and Teaching Artist, Joe has worked to build the program since its beginning, and made music accessible to over 1,000 individual students to date, many of which have participated for multiple years.
Joe's conviction that music has the power to change lives charged him to contribute to the United States El Sistema movement.
El Sistema USA supports 115 member programs serving over 20,000 under-resourced children throughout the United States. Joe has been a presenter and co-facilitator at El Sistema USA national symposiums, leading and co-leading Teaching Artist focused workshops in Philadelphia, Durham, Los Angeles with Eric Booth, Dan Trahey, and fellow members of the El Sistema USA Board of Directors. Joe designed and invented the El Sistema USA Census project in 2012 after identifying the young field lacked specifics on important aspects of the work. Joe designed a survey, reached out to program leaders, and started an El Sistema USA board committee to execute the project. After self publishing multiple reports, Joe and El Sistema USA collaborated with Duke University Social Science Research Institute to manage the census for years to come.
This story doesn't have an ending, and the future is unwritten. On to the next music project!
Joe Hamm earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies from Christopher Newport University.