Our Mission

We want to provide free music education for the underprivileged children and families of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area.

The Kansas City Metropolitan Area is home to almost 2.1 million people.  About 17% live in poverty, which is just over 350,000 people.  That is larger than the entire population of Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, or New Orleans.  Johnson County, KS may be one of the most affluent places in the country, but the inner-city areas of Kansas City, KS and Kansas City, MO are not as fortunate. Children who grow up in these neighborhoods do not lack opportunities for music lessons, as Kansas City is one of the most musically vibrant places in the US; rather, many cannot afford them. Lessons are expensive and may require instruments and traveling to studio locations.  So, we help set studio locations at area schools and community centers, provide children with full scholarships for lessons, and help provide them with any other needs to further their music education including performing opportunities, contests, and access to instruments.

Why is music and arts education important?

Take a look at the research results of a report by the AEP (Arts Education Partnership) of 62 studies on the effects of arts education:

Arts Education builds a school climate of high expectation, discipline, and academic rigor.

Arts Education strengthens student problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

Arts Education helps students develop a sense of craftsmanship, quality task performance (work ethic), and goal-setting.

Students who participate in the dramatic arts have a better understanding of social relationships and complex issues and emotions. The dramatic arts also improve concentration and story comprehension.

Students who participate in music have higher math achievement and proficiency and higher reading and cognitive development. Music students also have higher SAT verbal scores for second-language learners.

Dance helps students with creative thinking, originality, and elaboration. Dancers were shown to have high expressive skills, social tolerance, self-confidence, and persistence.

The visual arts improve writing content and organization and develop sophisticated reading skills.

In general, across all disciplines, those who participated in the arts have higher reading, verbal, and math skills than those who do not participate. The arts also improve the ability to collaborate and facilitate higher-order thinking skills.

Please help us provide arts education to the youth of Kansas City. So many children and families cannot afford or access music and art education – with your help we can give them a free and life changing experience.

 
 
 

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