Music Outreach Program
What is LMTA Music Outreach?
The mission of the LMTA Music Outreach Program is to advance the educational development of students who are interested in music study, are musically talented or at risk, and who can prove financial need. The LMTA Music Outreach Program provides an opportunity for students to receive music instruction from independent LMTA music teachers at reduced rates and pays teachers a modest sum for teaching the recipients. These students would otherwise not have the opportunity to take lessons. Because of special mentoring in the form of lessons, students will eventually be able to serve the community by performing in service recitals, and they are likely to be transformed into young active citizens. (Download MOP brochure here: Front, Inside)
How may a student qualify for the program?
The student must be identified by a person in authority, such as a school music teacher, principal, guidance counselor or LMTA independent music teacher as being talented and interested in pursuing music lessons, is in an unusual circumstance or at risk whereby music lessons would be of great benefit, and is financially needy. The identifying person would complete a talent profile and an application to also be signed by a parent or guardian.
To download a student nomination form, apply as a MOP Teacher, or view the MOP Operations Manual, please visit Documents and Forms
How does the program work?
An independent music teacher who is a Professional member of LMTA will teach one lesson a week, usually in a private studio, or approved venue. If needed, an instrument and sheet music will be provided. When ready, students are given the opportunity to perform in the community and in all LMTA events. All program teachers undergo background checks, must meet active status in LMTA, and continuing education requirements.
What are the requirements of remaining in the program?
MOP students must attend all weekly lessons unless excused by the LMTA teacher. Support of the parent/guardian(s) is required. The student will be accountable for logging daily practice time and striving to reach goals set by the teacher. Acceptable conduct is required at all times. At year end, the teacher will evaluate the student’s progress and determine if s/he may stay in the program. The family will also be asked to evaluate the MOP teacher. A recipient of a music outreach instrument who successfully stays in the program for three years will be awarded the instrument.
What lessons are available?
Individual and group lessons may be available, depending on the availability of teachers and instruments.
How is LMTA-MOP Funded?
The cost of educating MOP students is as follows:
$850 – funds for one student for one year
$450 – funds one student for a half year
$250 – funds one student for three months
$1 - $199 – Friend of LMTA-MOP
The LMTA Music Outreach Committee continually seeks donors, community business partners, supporting individuals, publishers and volunteers to help administer the program. Please contact MOP@LMTA.info if you wish to volunteer, donate or see another need that you could fill. See below for a list of present business partners and grantors.
I want to make a tax-deductible contribution to the program!
This program is funded in part by grants, LMTA Fundraisers and private donations. For a list of grantors, see below. Please consider helping to educate a MOP student. Donations may be made through PayPal, or by contacting MOP@LMTA.info for further instructions.
Donations may also be made to the M.U.S.I.C. (Music for Under Served Interested Children) Endowment and sent directly to the Lincoln Community Foundation, 215 Centennial Mall South #100, Lincoln, NE 68508 (Write LMTA M.U.S.I.C. in the memo line), or go to www.LMTA.info (M.U.S.I.C. Endowment) and follow the instructions.
LMTA is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation. Monetary, instrument and music donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Thank you to our LMTA-MOP Community and Business Partners:
Chet’s Moving and Storage
Capital City Strings
M.T. Cowell Piano Services
Harris Academy of the Arts
The Violin Shop
Holy Savior Lutheran Church
St. Mark’s on the Campus Episcopal Church
LMTA-MOP is funded in part by the following grantors
Hormel Harris Foundation
Lincoln Arts Council
Lincoln Community Foundation
Harris Academy of the Arts
Pearle Francis Finigan Foundation
Large donations from General Dynamics, Mu Phi Epsilon, the Elks Lodge #80,
and other Private Donations
To nominate a student, apply to be a MOP Teacher or view the Music Outreach Manual please visit Documents and Forms
If you would wish to display or hand out our flyer you may access that HERE
Ways to contribute:
Donations to the LMTA Music Outreach Program may be tax deductible.
Please consider sponsoring a scholarship(s), donating an instrument or new or slightly used sheet music.
Volunteer positions to help with office work may be available as needed.
Students of all LMTA members may be available to perform recitals for schools, nursing homes, hospitals, retirement facilities and community organizations. Contact the LMTA Chair listed above or the LMTA President listed on the Officers Page.