The Music Lessons Project will provide opportunities for personalized music instruction to students with limited financial resources, with a primary focus on students at Title I schools. Schools now eligible for funding are McKay and North Salem High Schools, Claggett Creek, Houck, Parrish, Stephens, and Waldo Middle Schools.
Students in the Salem Keizer School District who are enrolled in a high school music class graduate at a much higher rate than the district or state average. Music programs teach high standards and life skills such as responsibility, accountability and attention to detail. Music students develop a respect for cultural diversity through shared experiences and goals. Students tell us these programs also give them a strong sense of belonging and develops self-confidence.
The Salem Keizer School District is well known for its outstanding music programs, which draw wide parental support. Their quality is achieved through exemplary instruction by music specialists in all K-12 schools and is a major source of community pride. Music students, to reach their highest potential, need access to personalized instruction specific to their voice or instrument, which is difficult to achieve in a large ensemble class. A student’s family most often provides the financial support for supplemental private lessons. Presently, an equity gap exists between students at schools where many families have resources to pay for personalized instruction and students at schools where most families do not have resources to dedicate for personalized instruction.
Level the playing field by offering supplemental music instruction, such as lessons, so that no dedicated, talented child who wants to pursue music is limited due to their family’s financial status.
How It Works:
Instructors who are contracted by The Music Lessons Project will provide supplemental music instruction in small group settings or to individual students. Examples of services are lessons, sectionals, coaching, and clinics. Other activities that benefit the mission may also be undertaken.
School band, orchestra, and choir teachers may recommend to the Music Lessons Project students, groups of students, classes of students, etc. with limited financial resources who they believe would benefit from personalized instruction and the type of instruction that would be most beneficial to the student(s). The Music Lessons Project retains the authority to make selections of the participants and programming provided. Personalized instruction will generally be taught at the school site during the academic year. Summer programs or other models may be added as well. The organization is committed to the ongoing evaluation and refinement of the program. The Music Lesson Project will spend approximately 50% of its time on fundraising activities, 20% on program oversight, 20% on financial and fiscal oversight, and 10% on marketing and communication activities.
Annual reports/evaluations will be transparent regarding what worked as well as challenges that were encountered. Students will share experiences with donors by writing reflective comments and/or meeting with them. Primary music teachers, contracted instructors, district administrators and The Music Lessons Project facilitators will also contribute input.
Who We Are:
The Music Lessons Project is an organization whose mission is community driven and serves as a resource to assist students, primarily at Title I schools within the Salem Keizer School District, by raising funds from the general public for personalized music instruction.
This organization will not replace or supplement music booster groups who raise annual operating expenses, activity by students who raise funds for their specific projects, nor diminish a school’s responsibility relative to its ongoing financial support of its music programs. It is to be complimentary and collaborative—to fill an existing gap of equitable opportunity.