Give to Lincoln Day Donations for the Music Outreach Program
Post date: May 11, 2017 8:42:01 PM
The Lincoln Music Teachers Association's Music Outreach Program serves at-risk kids by providing lessons, instruments, music, and performance opportunities to them for a minimal monthly fee.
The Lincoln Music Teachers Association's Music Outreach Program has been active in Lincoln since 1997. During this time students have had the opportunity to take private or small group lessons in piano, voice, violin, guitar, and a variety of other instruments. Lessons are taught by private teachers who are active as Professional Members of LMTA. Several businesses in town offer free music and instrument tuning/repair free or at a reduced cost. Pianos which are donated to the Music Outreach Program are moved by Chet's Movers and delivered to families who need an instrument. The collaboration with community businesses helps to make the program such a success.
LMTA pays each teacher a reasonable fee for the lessons they teach. This is made possible by grants from Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, the Lincoln Arts Council, the Pearle Francis Finigan Foundation, the Cooper Foundation, the Harris Foundation, and the Lincoln Community Foundation. Private donations and fundraisers make up the balance of the yearly cost of lessons and other expenses.
Eligible families that are served qualify for the Federal Free or Reduced Lunch Program at their local school. Without this help, most of them would be unable to afford private music lessons for their children. Many of these students have excelled in their music study and have presented senior recitals, donor luncheon entertainment, and other service recitals to the community. We have also had several stories of parents who see their children become more confident in school and in relationships with their peers.
This program can provide a life-line to those students who may otherwise not have the means to reach their full musical potential.