We are truly grateful to Erica Lawson at American Festival for the Arts for referring Music Doing Good to the incredibly generous people at Oberlin College and Conservatory in Oberlin, Ohio. They serve approximately 300 students at the Oberlin Community Music School who take private music lessons there. Each year, they hold a 30-day practice challenge to get students back into the habit of practicing after the summer break. Students solicit pledges from friends and family to raise money for disaster relief and to support local organizations that are doing important work.
Music Doing Good was thrilled to learn that we were chosen as one of the beneficiaries of Oberlin’s Practice Challenge, which runs from September 11 – October 10, 2017. Our missions are similar in that we deliver “high-level music instruction to anyone that is interested in music study, regardless of need.” Additionally, they have chosen Americares, whose mission is to improve the health of those hit by disaster. They are currently working to aid hurricane victims in Puerto Rico.
Director of Oberlin College Community Music School, Louise Zeitlin states in her letter to the parents of the students involved, “I hope that you will ask your family and friends to donate as a way to help those that are struggling due to the disasters, to encourage your child to practice, and to show your child that music can go beyond practicing and recitals.”
Founded in 1833, Oberlin College is a place of intense energy and creativity, built on a foundation of academic, artistic and musical excellence. With a top-ranking liberal arts college, a world-class conservatory, and a first-rate art museum all on a single campus, it is the ideal laboratory in which to study and design the world you want.
Music Doing Good is truly grateful to have a new friend in Oberlin Community Music School. This gesture further establishes what we already knew – that music is the universal language, a source of healing and the conductor that brings people together.