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Our Past Featured Organizations

W O Smith Music School
Since 1984, W.O. Smith Music School has introduced the world of music to thousands of deserving children in Nashville.

W.O. Smith Music School makes affordable, quality music instruction available to children from low-income families. We transform lives through music.

Private Lessons

Students participating in performing ensembles will learn various musical concepts through the art of ensemble singing/playing. Ensembles will perform throughout the year at W.O. Smith recitals, senior centers, civic organizations, and special events. Students are permitted to participate in more than one ensemble as long as they meet the entrance requirements.
The school was founded in 1984 by William Oscar Smith. We serve children, aged 7 to 18, living in the Metropolitan Nashville area. Students must meet income guidelines for the USDA Free and Reduced Lunch Program. Classes and lessons are fifty cents each. Students are provided with an instrument of their choosing, a volunteer teaching artist, and any necessary musical materials for their studiesVolunteer teaching artists are community members, local performers, studio artists, and university students with a passion for sharing their musical gifts.
Group Classes

Summer Camp
It`s not necessary to be on a music career track to benefit from focused practice sessions, setting and achieving goals, or presenting a personal achievement to the public. We believe that the self-discipline involved in the process can help any developing person, whether or not he or she goes on to pursue a career in music. Music was my ticket out of the ghetto, and my hope is that music can help the youngsters we touch to realize their own ambitions. William Oscar Smith
W O Smith Music School
1125 8th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203

(615) 255-8355

Walker Creek Music Camp
Since 1984, W.O. Smith Music School has introduced the world of music to thousands of deserving children in Nashville.
- Students must meet income guidelines for the USDA Free and Reduced Lunch Program

- Classes and lessons are fifty cents each
Our Mission

- Students are provided with an instrument of their choosing, a volunteer teaching artist, and any necessary musical materials for their studies
W.O. Smith Music School makes affordable, quality music instruction available to children from low-income families. We transform lives through music.
Walker Creek Music Camp
1125 8th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203

(615) 255-8355

The Riekes Center
The Riekes Center for Human Enhancement is a nonprofit mentoring organization that utilizes a multidisciplinary approach. Started by Gary Riekes in the late 1970s, the center emphasizes self-esteem building through study of the creative arts. The mission of the Riekes Center is to help students define and accomplish their goals and interests through Athletic Fitness, Creative Arts, and Nature Awareness; and to improve their character, self-confidence, and peer relationships. Now impacting more than 5000 kids with over 28 programs, the organization fosters an environment of mutual respect and encouragement.

James Burton Foundation

Dedicated to providing music training and instruments to children and young adults in schools and hospitals and committed to making an impact children by nurturing their creative abilities and exposing them to the life long benefits of music.
Guitar donations and music instruction to schools, hospitals, and community service organizations. Conducts the James Burton International Guitar Festival, raising money to provide free guitars, music lessons, and related training to young musicians

James Burton Foundation

714 Elvis Presley Avenue
Shreveport, LA 71101
(318) 424-5000


The Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation
Dedicated to expanding awareness of and appreciation for classical music. The foundation funds many projects including an Instrument Loan Program that provides music students with high-quality instruments that foster interest and excitement. Beyond instruments, the REB Foundation offers grants for musicians' other expenses such as accompanists and sheet music. The String Student's Library of Music by Black Composers is a major part of the organization that works as a supplemental curriculum to teach students about the rich ethnic heritage of music. Their newest initiative is Global Heartstrings. This global project aims to support musicians in developing countries such as Haiti, Kenya, Ghana, and Nigeria.

Rock For Kids
Rock For Kids is a non-profit organization that provides support, inspiration and assistance to children that are homeless or in need. Committed to the dignity of our children, Rock For Kids works with families and organizations to positively impact and celebrate young lives.

Rock For Kids began as a holiday fundraising effort in 1988 with the goal to provide gifts for children living in homeless shelters. Youth Jam. Rock For Kids ' largest program brings free year-round music education to underprivileged and homeless children throughout the Chicago area. Through free music lessons Rock For Kids works to improve the self-esteem and confidence of the students, while introducing them to the joy of music. Initiated in 2000, with twenty students, the program now serves close to 500 children annually at fifteen Chicago sites.

Muriel Anerson with Paul Doppelt of Rock for Kids

People`s Music School
A non-profit charity,The People`s Music School, as the only totally free community music school in the United States, is a unique and special place. The School embodies the vision of its founder, Dr. Rita Simo. Rita learned to play the piano in her native Dominican Republic. After operating for twenty years in rented, makeshift quarters, the School constructed its own, specially designed facility in 1995. Today, the School`s thirty-three teachers offer instruction in thirteen different instruments (plus theory and voice) to nearly 500 different students each year. The vast majority of these students are children of ethnic minorities.
Muriel Anderson with Riata Simo and Vincent Centeno

Little Kids Rock
A not-for-profit started by elementary school teacher David Wish in 1996. Little Kids Rock offers music education to children through a framework of popular music. The organization provides teaching materials to practitioners and teachers as well as providing instruments and music lessons to children who do not receive music education. Their goal is to maintain music as a critical part of elementary education in schools. Having served thousands of students in seven states, Little Kids Rock has become a nationally recognized not-for-profit.

Mission is to expand the success of children, their families, and teachers through the integration of Artistic and Life Learning Techniques; and to broaden their imagination in the classroom and at home.
Little guy with guitar

Violins in the schools
This Tucson, Arizona based regional partnership identifies students between the ages 6 and 18 who have a serious interest in studying music and also show a financial need. The Fostering Arts-Mind Education Foundation pays for approximately 75% of the cost of musical study. The remaining 25% is paid by the student`s family

Dulcimer is dulce de leche

Jam, man.
4927 N. Sabino Gulch Court
Tucson, AZ 85750


Elevate Hope Foundation

Providing abused and abandoned children an alternative method of therapy through music and the arts, and funding special services and programs that assist the needs of these children using these fundamental methods.
Provide victims of child abuse, non-offending parents or caregivers alternative methods of treatment through music, the arts, recreation and crisis counseling. Plans to build a Compassion Care Center Of The Arts centrally located in the Los Angeles area.

Elevate Hope Foundation

3940 Laurel Canyon Blvd, PMB 1066
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 783-5000

Crowden Music Center
The mission of the nonprofit Crowden Music Center is to combine music and education to nurture, develop, and inspire students of all ages, and to provide essential support to the musical life of the community.

Provides music education through two divisions: Crowden Center for Music in the Community, offering lessons, classes, and camps for students of all ages, and The Crowden School, a unique day school for students in grades four through eight. Classes, workshops, rehearsals, concerts, and other events.

Crowden Music Center
1475 Rose Street
Berkeley, CA 94702-1255

510 559-6910

Children`s Music Workshop
To help put music education back where it belongs "in the curricula of our public and private schools" by providing a high quality, integrated, flexible and affordable music education program for all students.

Specializes in a variety of products and services including custom designed band and orchestra method books, school site music instruction, instrument sales and rentals, music education advocacy and more. Children`s Music Workshop currently coordinates instrumental music programs at more than two dozen public and private schools in the greater Los Angeles area.

Children`s Music Workshop
P.O. Box 1247
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272


Children`s Music Network

We recognize children`s music as a powerful means of encouraging cooperation, celebrating diversity, building self-esteem, promoting respect and responsibility for our environment, and cultivating an understanding of nonviolence and social justice.
The Children`s Music Network celebrates the positive power of music in the lives of children by sharing songs, exchanging ideas and creating community.

We meet and stay in touch to share songs and ideas about children`s music, to inspire each other about the empowering ways adults and young people can communicate through music, and to be a positive catalyst for education and community-building through music.

During Muriel`s Annual Thanksgiving Show, Anna Stange (president) accepted the “Those Who Make A Difference Award“ and grant check on behalf of Children`s Music Workshop.
Children`s Music Network

10 Court Street, P.O. Box 22
Arlington, MA 02476
(339) 707-0277

American Music Therapy Association
Advance public awareness of the benefits of music therapy and increase access to quality music therapy services.

Programs supporting the advancement of education, training, professional standards, credentials, and research in support of the music therapy profession. Publishes Journal of Music Therapy, Music Therapy Perspectives, and the Early Childhood Newsletter.

American Music Therapy Association
8455 Colesville Road, Suite 1000
Silver Spring, MD 20910


Amelia Arts Academy
Provide education in the arts at affordable rates to all interested persons, regardless of age, race, religion, ethnic origin, financial means or level of ability.

Individual instruction, group lessons and ensembles, after-school art and dance workshops, programs for the disabled and disadvantaged, creative arts programs for seniors, community entertainment, guest performances, and more. 15-25% of students on partial or full scholarship.

Amelia Arts Academy
516 South 10th Street
Fernandina Beach, FL 32035

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