Making Music Lessons a Reality for Houston’s Underserved Children

Music Doing Good knows that students who study music experience profound cognitive benefits, which last a lifetime. This year, Music Doing Good announced that they have added two grade levels to the scholarship program: Grades 4 and 5. Additionally, the organization plans to grant the most scholarships to date – 50 scholarships. 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.

Students and parents can learn about the requirements and download the application materials at http://musicdoinggood.org/~musicdoinggood/scholarships.html.

Materials must be submitted electronically or received by mail on or before Friday, March 25, 2016. The address for submission is 4203 Yoakum, Suite 200, 77006. Awards will be announced by email on Friday, April 15, 2016.  The awards ceremony for 2016 winners and concert featuring recipients of the 2015 scholarships will take place at University of St. Thomas, Cullen Hall, 3800 Montrose Blvd., 77006 on Saturday, June 11, 2016.

Scholarships range from $250 to $1500.  Jurors include Executive and Creative Director of AFA, Michael Remson, Houston Symphony members Judy Dines (flute) and Sophia Silivos (violin) as well as Music Doing Good board member, Carrie Woliver.

Bella, a pianist currently attending Houston School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) in her junior year, is a 2015 Scholarship recipient. The scholarship money enabled Bella to attend “Festival Juvenil de Piano” in Costa Rica last summer. Upon arrival, she found a local school that had an old upright piano on which she could practice. The teachers and students who heard Bella’s playing were so impressed that they invited her to do a special recital and a question and answer session.

Rodney Waters received this voice message from her mother. ““I was able to Face Time and watch the questions and answers and her performance. I can’t even tell you how wonderful this has been. So I will leave tonight at 10:45 to join Bella. The festival will start on the 28th. We will be in touch and taking lots of pictures and showing you… just gosh (tears), one child…how it can touch so many lives of other children and other people. I just want to thank you and your organization.”

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 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.

Music Doing Good touches the lives of thousands of individuals annually as we strive to create a world where we all live in concert.

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.