HONK NYC! – School and Educational Initiative

What child doesn’t love a moment to dance, sing, play music and express themselves? HONK NYC! believes all children should have the opportunity to enjoy the wonder and magic of live music, which is why we launched our School Program and Educational Initiative. Honk bands present interactive performances & conduct workshops to school children in our New York boroughs as well as museums in the city.

The universal appeal of the HONK! spectacle speaks to NYC kids, true citizens of the world, who come from around the globe. Our goal for all — students and performers alike — is to inspire, teach, and have fun.

Playing in the NYC school system is a terrific opportunity that affords many challenges. Some schools have not had live music programming in over twenty years. These children identify with [Honk bands]. These bands are role models for the kids as they envision the future of what their world can be. Words can not describe the impact the HONK NYC! bands have on these kids’ lives.
– Theresa Westerdahl, Program Coordinator

2016 Schools

HONK NYC! is partnering with the following educational and cultural
institutions in 2016 to bring music & spectacle to over 3,000 children
in NYC.

  • Staten Island Museum
  • Staten Island Children’s Museum
  • Maple Street School – Brooklyn
  • MS 839 – Brooklyn
  • PS 10 – Brooklyn
  • PS 153 The Helen Keller School – Bronx
  • Central Park East 2 – Manhattan
  • The Lower Eastside Girls Club

2015 Schools – Interactive Performances

2014 Schools – New Connections

In 2014, HONK NYC! visiting artists Radio Kaizman, Les Muses Tanguent, Chaotic Noise Marching Corps, and Pakava It’ met NYC kids for the first time ever at partner institutions P.S. 10, P.S. 130, and Maple Street School.

2013 Schools & Museums

Honk worked with over 2,000 children in Brooklyn and Staten Island schools and in places like the Childrens Museum of the Arts in Manhattan.


Special Thanks

The HONK NYC! School Program and Educational Initiative is coordinated by Hungry March Band member Theresa Westerdahl. Special thank you to Lorna Harris, Director of Institutional Advancement and External Affairs at the Staten Island Community Charter School, for working with HONK NYC! to implement and grow this program.