Joan Hermann down at OmCulture dropped us a line about Seattle Music Partners, an after-school music program she volunteers for that pairs community volunteers with underserved students in the Central District for music lessons. They’re holding a fundraiser at OmCulture on Friday, June 18th from 7 – 10 pm. Here’s the scoop:
Striking Accord: Seattle Music Partners Benefit Concert at OmCulture
An evening of music and desserts to benefit Seattle Music Partners After-School Programming with performances by SMP tutors and special guest artist Andrew Vait & The Eternal Fair
Seattle Music Partners is a growing non-profit that provides after-school music lessons to underserved elementary and middle school students in Seattle’s Central District and provides a unique opportunity for skilled musicians to give back to their community.
We are working to bridge the opportunity gap created as a result of reduced funding for instrumental music in Seattle’s public elementary schools, particularly in those schools at which parents cannot raise funds to reinstate instructors or provide additional music programs. While schools focus on federal and state achievement standards, often to the detriment of arts education, a growing body of research suggests that students who learn to play instruments and read music do better academically.
We believe that providing a child with the opportunity to build a foundation of musical skills, coupled with the strength of a mentoring relationship, helps foster self-confidence and an overall engagement in learning.
$15 suggested donation will go directly to Seattle Music Partners to provide music lessons for underserved students in Seattle’s Central District.