Making Music Lessons a Reality for Houston’s Underserved Children

Music Doing Good knows that students who study music experience profound cognitive benefits that last a lifetime. Houston-area music students in 4th-12th grade, who wish to pursue music studies, are encouraged to apply for Music Doing Good Scholarships, which provide funding for private lessons, music workshops and tuition through educational institutions. “While we want to support and encourage all students with exceptional musical abilities, evidence of self-motivation and financial need play large roles in the jury’s decisions and the way that scholarship funds are distributed. Doing good in the community through music is also a weighted consideration.” remarks program director, Rodney Waters.

In the spring of 2016, the largest number of scholarships were awarded in the history of the program – 74. Music Doing Good wishes to raise that number to 100 in the coming year. Students and parents can learn about the requirements and download the application materials at http://musicdoinggood.org/outreach/scholarships/

Materials must be submitted electronically or received by mail on or before Friday, March 22, 2017. The address for submission is 4203 Yoakum, Suite 200, 77006. Awards will be announced by email on Friday, April 14, 2017.  Concerts featuring recipients of the 2016 scholarships will take place at University of St. Thomas, Cullen Hall, 4001 Mt. Vernon, 77006 on Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 2 – 4 pm; and Saturday, June 10, 2017, from 6 – 8 pm.

Scholarships range from $250 to $1500.  Jurors include Michael Remson, Executive and Artistic Director of AFA, David Bertman, Associate Professor of Music, The Moores School of Music, Amy Chung, Director of Programs, Houston Youth Symphony and Patrick Moore, member of the Axiom Quartet and cello teacher at The University of St. Thomas.

“Music Doing Good has been such a crucial part of my musical education; it is because of such moving music that the Music Doing Good Committee members produce, that I have deepened my passion towards music. Without the spiritual and financial support Music Doing Good, I would not have been able to nurture my interest in music. So, I want to give my thanks to Music Doing Good for allowing me to develop and express my love for music,” remarks scholarship recipient, Nathaniel Zhang.

 

Additionally, Nathaniel has set up a networking vehicle in Sugar Land, where he lives, to educate and engage families in learning about musical outreach for students in that area. He wishes for as many students in need to benefit from the programs that Music Doing Good offers to the community. Nathaniel has also organized many concerts for assisted living facilities, hospitals and retirement homes as a way of using music to “do good” in the community.

 

Music Doing Good is a nonprofit arts organization that inspires and transforms lives through innovative, music-based programming and performance experiences. The outreach programs bring musical enrichment to children in Houston’s most disadvantaged communities. The programs use music to stimulate minds, spark creativity and ignite imagination.

Music Doing Good in Schools engages the whole child in a TEKS-aligned music program designed to educate and empower participants, culminating in a dynamic, student-written performance at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.

Music Doing Good with Instruments collects, refurbishes and grants free gently-used instruments to underserved children and underfunded school districts.

To arrange interviews or for high resolution photos, please call Julie Lambert at 713.294.9034 or Julie@musicdoinggood.org. For any additional information on the Music Doing Good with Scholarships outreach program, contact Rodney Waters at Rodney@musicdoinggood.org.