We've found that often times people with great musical talent don't have the means to pay for lessons and further develop their skills. Muse has partnered with teVelde School of Music and is offering scholarships to students who qualify.
We love working with teVelde. They match each student to a teacher who's personality type compliments the student's unique learning style. And they're the only school in the western hemisphere (that we know of) who has developed a method for teaching Absolute Perfect Pitch!
Muse students who receive scholarships are enabled to give back through mentoring other students, or by performing together at elder care facilities. It's been pretty cool to see how this giving back system has impacted our students in such a positive way and actually accelerated the learning process.
California's budget cuts have hit schools pretty hard. Unfortunately, it's the creative elements like music and art that get the boot first. We don't think that our kids should have to go without music classes. Project Restoration is all about getting music back into our local schools!
Muse is collaborating with music and art teachers to refine, refurbish and enhance the teaching methods to make them stronger and more effective in the classrooms. We think that HOW a student is taught is just as important as WHAT they are taught.
So, why are music classes such a big deal? Well... Studies have shown that music is beating computers at enhancing Early Childhood Development. Learning music at an early age causes long-term enhancement of spatial-temporal reasoning. (Source: Frances Rauscher, Ph.D., Gordon Shaw, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, 1997)
Fleet of Instruments
We've been working hard to find good instruments to give out to students who are in need of one. Once a donated instrument is placed with a student, they get to keep it to learn on for free for as long as they are in lessons! If they discontinue lessons, the instrument comes back to Muse and we pass it on to another student in need.
Many of these instruments were owned by amazing members of our community who had a great musical heritage. We want to allow these stories to live on, so we get them written up, printed out, and then it stays with the instrument wherever it may go so that all who use it can appreciate history it's seen.
It's great to see these valuable instruments go to students who will cherish and enjoy them. And of course, all donations are tax deductible!