We begin our 06-07 school year with a fresh start to MusicLink -
a new slogan, new brochures, new coordinator packets, several
new regional coordinators, and expansion of our programs to major
cities to reach more children through group lessons in pop/rock/jazz.
Last year we celebrated reaching 2005 students by the year 2005.
Our new goal for 2010 - 7,500 students and 750,000 hours of instructional
time, which is equivalent to $9.5 million in scholarship donation
by our teachers. These goals could never be achieved without the
commitment of our wonderful teachers and the support of our corporate
and business partners. So let's get started!
Juan Peralta wins
Senior Award of Excellence
MusicLink Foundation has initiated a Senior Award of Excellence
to a graduating high school senior who has shown outstanding achievement
and commitment in musical study through MusicLink. This year's
award recipient is Juan Peralta, a percussion student of Homero
Ceron in Tucson, Arizona. We thank Schmitt Music Company for sponsoring
the 2006 Senior Award of Excellence in the amount of $1,000. We
also thank Gail Fischler, our Arizona MusicLink Coordinator, who
worked diligently with the Tucson program.
Percussion has been Juan Peralta's passion ever since he can remember.
He has participated in school concert band and jazz band and is
very active as a church musician. He and his sisters have a group
called Gethsemane that performs for weddings, family gatherings,
and holiday events throughout southern Arizona.
Juan has won many awards over the years, including a PEACE Award,
the Sunnyside High School Principal's Scholarship, ACE Scholarships,
Sunnyside Neighborhood Association Scholarship and Presidential
Scholarship Awards. His ACE Scholarships enabled him to simultaneously
begin his college work and finish his high school degree. Juan
currently attends Pima Community College, focusing on music and
His biggest dreams are to record a CD and opening first an independent
studio, and then a music school for kids. He says, "taking music
lessons is sometimes hard for many people. I want to make it easy
for other people that can't afford or don't get the opportunity
to learn music." He feels that without the chance to learn from
good musicians he would have had only a hobby, but now has a gateway
to a real professional career. "I just don't want to make noise,"
says Juan, "I want to make good music that provies an influential
message to others."
Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award deadlines are approaching.
Do you know an outstanding student from age 8 to 18 who may be
eligible for this award? Deadlines: NOV. 1st and JAN. 31st. Contact
Jennifer Kitchin, talent coordinator:
Promise to Practice - Try it!
Here's a perfect way to have fun with practice for that upcoming
holiday concert or festival and help our kids in the process!
All the students in a studio or music school ask friends and family
to sponsor their practice (a certain amount per hour) for one
week or more and fill out a practice chart to reach a certain
goal they have set for themselves.
MusicLink provides a "success" pin for everyone who reaches this
goal, a tote bag for students who raise $25 through pledges and
a special award of an IPOD Shuffle for any student who collects $200 in
pledges. Every teacher who participates in the Promise to Practice
event also gets a tote bag with our thanks.
It is a winning combination - solid practice for the students
prior to a performance and contributions to help with instruments,
materials, and camp scholarships for our kids. Email us for details
or download our Promise to Practice packet from the website.
Yamaha Clavinova Festivals are including the Promise to Practice
event with their festivals at dealerships across the country.
Our thanks to Lori Frazer and Sue Ogilvy for this partnership.
These contributions will help build new MusicLink programs in
areas served by these festivals. Check with your local Yamaha dealer!
Kevin Lu chosen as a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholar
Kevin Lu, an outstanding 13 year old pianist from Newport News,
Virginia, was one of 43 students chosen nationwide as a Jack Kent
Cooke Foundation Young Scholar. The Young Scholar program provides
ongoing support and guidance worth thousands of dollars annually
for musical and academic needs lasting throughout high school.
Students apply in May of seventh grade.
Kevin is a MusicLink student of Theresa Compos Falk of Yorktown,
VA, and has won many awards ranging from winning first place at
the Old Dominion University Classical Period Piano Competition
to winning scholarships from the Williamsburg Music Club for the
past four years. For the past three years, Kevin has attended
the International Institute for Young Musicians, thanks to scholarships
from IIYM itself and from the MusicLink Foundation. When he was
11, he was chosen to play on From the Top, a radio broadcast that
plays all over the U.S.
When Kevin is not studying or practicing piano or playing violin
in his school orchestra, he likes to play soccer and basketball.
MusicLink provides over $2,750 in Grants
Each year, the MusicLink Foundation awards Grass Roots Grants
to organizations to help initiate a new MusicLink program or assist
with a new project. The following organizations received grants
of $300 in 2006:
- Westside Music Foundation Inc. (CA)
- Anchorage Piano Teachers Association (AK)
- Eastern Heights MusicLink Program (MN)
- Partnership Academy (MN)
- Boulder Arts Academy Young Artists Program (CO)
The MusicLink Foundation also provides Teacher Reimbursement
Grants to assist individual teachers who have paid for music,
events and materials for their MusicLink students who are
not reimbursed by local funding. Grants up to $150 went to:
- Kathy Miller (PA)
- Valerie Evenson (UT)
- Coila Robinson (UT)
- Anna Jeanne Flesner (MN)
- Cheryl Norman (UT)
The MusicLink Foundation also contributed $500 to the Louisiana
MTA for assistance to teachers and students devastated by hurricane
New Corporate Sponsors Provide
Instruments to MusicLink Students
We are pleased to announce a new corporate sponsorship by Gibson
Guitars and Gibson Education. They have donated $7,000 in electric guitars
and amplifiers for use by our inner city group lesson programs (DC
and LA). In addition, they have provided two professional-level
guitars that will be signed by Verdine White of Earth Wind and
Fire and auctioned through the Internet to help raise funds for
these programs. Our thanks to Nina Miller of Gibson Foundation
for providing this wonderful opportunity for our MusicLink kids.
Eastman Strings and Eastman Winds, a major supplier of string,
wind and brass instruments to hundreds of dealers nationwide, has
formed a partnership to provide instruments to MusicLink students
who show a commitment to lessons. The MusicLink program works
diligently to provide assistance to teachers and organizations
seeking instruments that are not available through local business
partners. We thank Eastman Strings for their generosity.