"Yes we can!" We have heard this upbeat cry over the past months,
noting the conviction shown in the faces of the crowd that truly
believe, with a bit of effort from each of us, that we CAN make a
difference. The teachers and coordinators of MusicLink have been
living this philosophy for the past 16 years. Can a single teacher
make a difference in the life of a child through MusicLink? Yes
you can. Can our MusicLink students reach long-range goals through
their interests and efforts in music? Yes, they can. Can MusicLink
parents see their children grow in self-esteem and pride in their
musical accomplishments? Yes they can. Can the MusicLink Foundation
and their business partners bring opportunities through camp experiences
and instruments that can last a lifetime to our students? Yes we
can. A simple, positive idea that works - that is what lies behind
every MusicLink program.
MusicLink has reached over 3,300 children, with teachers contributing
$5.6 million of in-kind instruction to the program. Can we reach
even more children in more states, bringing lessons to students
in the inner city, rural areas, as well as suburbs across the country?
Yes, we can.
Virtuoso Music Holiday Concert
Virtuoso Music sponsored a winter holiday concert at one of Atlanta's
major malls highlighting student performances while raising money
for the MusicLink Foundation. The student performers raised $455.00
for the MusicLink Foundation while doing something they love! Many
thanks to Debra Shilling from Virtuoso Music for coordinating this
Hall of Fame Teachers
The following teachers have taught through the MusicLink Program
for five years.
Janisse Foresti received her Master of Music Piano Pedagogy/Performance
from The University of Utah and a Bachelor of Music Piano Performance
University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music, California. She
is presently a National and State Certified Music Teacher and holds
a Professional Teaching Certificate in Piano. She was faculty of
the Preparatory Division at the University of Utah from 1991 -
2000. Presently, Janisse serves as State Vice-President of the
Utah Music Teachers Association (UMTA) and presides over the MTNA
Performance Competition. Janisse has a unique passion for teaching
piano. Her students are high achievers in academics, piano, and
life. Her philosophy promotes a life long skill and love for music.
She believes that students should be challenged to perform at their
fullest potential. She has participated in UMTA Musiclink Program
for 5 years. Her students are award winning and have performed
with orchestras, State Honor's Recitals, winners of UMTA State
Concerto Competition and National Guild Auditions.
Cheryl Peterson Norman, NCTM, has been a MusicLink teacher in American
Fork, Utah since 2001. She has a M.M. in Piano Performance & Pedagogy
from Brigham Young University (1994) and a B.A. in Applied Piano
from Pomona College, Claremont, California (1962). She is currently
an adjunct instructor of piano at Utah Valley State College and
Brigham Young University. Cheryl has been a public school teacher
as well as an independent piano, theory, and composition teacher
since 1975. Actively involved in professional teacher organizations,
Cheryl has served as MTNA President of SPAC, state president of
Utah Music Teachers Association, and has traveled and performed
extensively. Her latest publication, Certify or Petrify, is scheduled
to come out in the American Music Teachers' Aug-Sept, 2007 issue.
Grass Roots & Teacher
The MusicLink Foundation provides Grass Roots Grants up to $300
to new local programs or for projects of existing MusicLink programs.
Applications are available through the website for current MusicLink
teachers and coordinators. Next deadline: May 15.
Our Teacher Reimbursement grants provide up to $150 annually for
music and materials paid by the teacher and used for Music Link
students. Teachers must send receipts. Application is on the website.
Next deadlines: March 15th and June 15th.
Grass Roots Recipients:
- Columbia Music Teachers Association, South Carolina - funds used
to supply books and other materials to MusicLink students taught
by members of the organization.
- Walla Walla Music Teachers Association, Washington - funds used
to help move a piano to a MusicLink student's home.
Teacher Reimbursement Recipients:
|Carol Ferney ||Logan, UT|
|Linda Judiesch ||Iowa City, IA|
|Beatriz Levi ||Northfield, IL|
|Julia Proleiko ||St. Louis, MO|
|Bonnie Wiley ||Spartanburg, SC|
Thanks for Holiday Donations
At a time when foundation and grant support is challenging, we
are so fortunate to have a wide base of contributors who remember
the MusicLink Foundation each holiday season.
We set a goal of reaching $30,000 in individual contributions this
fiscal year (July 08 - June 09). Our holiday giving brought in almost
$20,000, 65 percent of this total. Many thanks to all who contributed.
The foundation relies on this support to network nationally through
our coordinating system, bring camp and performance opportunities
to students, provide instruments and music as needed, assist new
programs through our Grass Roots Grant program, and reimburse individual
teachers who pay for materials for their MusicLink students. Because
of our strength in grass roots volunteerism, each $100 that is
contributed to the foundation equates to $400 in lessons and services
to our students. With a bit of help from a lot of people across
the country, we can continue to make a difference in the lives
of our MusicLink students.
Instrument Thanks from our Kids
We are always pleased when we can send a new instrument to a MusicLink
student through our business partner connections, or see local
programs making connections with dealers and public donors to place
keyboards and pianos into student homes. When we receive photos
and notes, we are extra proud of helping out in this way. Emily
and Sadie Fillmore, students of Linda Judiesch, seem to love their
new violins! Five year old Samuel Kenney wrote to us to personally
thank us for his 1/10 size violin!
Samuel Music holds
Promise to Practice event!
Following the lead of Samuel Music of Peoria, Samuel Music of Springfield,
IL, sponsored a Promise to Practice event prior to their Clavinova
Festival. Students participating in the event received pledges
for their practice time leading up to the festival. These dedicated
students raised $1,134.00 for the MusicLink Foundation!
Our thanks to Al Murphy from Samuel Music, who coordinated the
event, and to all the students who worked so hard to achieve this
goal. Two students received IPOD Shuffles for raising over $200.00
and students who reached their practice goal received MusicLink
pins and tote bags. Thanks to the following teachers whose students
participated in this worthwhile event; Kathy Sees, Brenda Peck,
Sharon Faust Tammie Walker, and Paulette George.
MTNA: Look for our MusicLink Foundation Booth at the upcoming Music
Teachers National Association conference in Atlanta from March
28 - 31st. We will be unveiling our brand new program profile video
as well as a double CD of MusicLink "Shining Stars." Our thanks
to the MTNA Foundation for providing funds to produce and distribute
these new media packages. We will also be signing up many new teachers
and training coordinators through this national conference.
Randolph Choir MusicLink Trip: Choirs from the Randolph School in
Huntsville, AL presented a program of classical, jazz, and pop
music on Friday, February 13. They sang at noon in the Savannah
Mall and at 6:00 PM in the Oglethorpe Mall. An additional concert
was held at the Atlanta Underground Mall on Sunday, February
15th at 1:00 PM. These free performances were part of their annual
project to raise awareness for music charities throughout the southeast.
This year, the choirs are supporting the MusicLink Foundation, in
providing musical instruction for students who cannot otherwise
afford it. More information is available at
Mall of America Play-a-thon: On the weekend of March 21st/22nd,
music students from around the state will be coming to the Mall
of America to participate in a Play-a-thon sponsored by Minnesota
Music Teachers Association and Schmitt Music. The students will
be performing in the Nordstrom Court raising money to benefit the
MusicLink Foundation which strives to bring musical instruction
to children in need. Students of all ages and levels will perform
throughout the weekend on a variety of instruments, demonstrating
their love of music and their generous spirit in helping to bring
the gift of music to those children unable to afford lessons. All
proceeds will go to benefit Minnesota children and all donations
are tax deductible. Schmitt Music will be holding a piano sale
concurrently with the Play-a-thon with special pricing for all
participants of the Play-a-thon, their families and teachers. A
portion of the proceeds of this sale will also benefit MusicLink.
New MusicLink Memorial Funds
Several memorial funds were established over the past few months for
family members whose love for music was appreciated by friends and
family members. Contributions were made to the MusicLink Foundation
in memory of these individuals:
Cesar Bruno Porcino (Chet) [Feb. 20, 1922 - Nov. 28, 2008] Chet died
surrounded by his 6 loving children and 8 grandchildren. He was 86.
He is pre-deceased by his beloved wife of 57 years, Jane, his eldest son
Joseph (a violinist in the Syracuse Symphony), his granddaughter Emily
and his five brothers and sisters.
Chet was a string music specialist in the Commack Public Schools (NY)
for 36 years. He taught and performed classical, folk and jazz violin
until his last days. The publication of "Flying Fiddles" a string class
method series, was the culmination of his work and of his deep
commitment to sharing his experiences and expertise in string education
across our country and internationally. Chet was one with the violin
and his music. His joy in making music, his bright, caring personality
and his dedication to building a happy and just world left him with many
loving students and friends. He loved his life and the people, dancing
and music that filled it.
Jeffrey Bart Marcus passed away on December 30th, 2008. He was an avid
trumpet player who took great pride in playing his horn and in sharing
his passion for classical music. His love of music was most apparent
when he taught his family—Barbara, Michael, and Brittany — how to make
music on their respective instruments. While the music community suffered
a great loss with his passing, his memory will live on each time the
trumpet is sounded in a band, orchestra, or brass ensemble.
Welcome to Our New
The MusicLink Foundation is pleased to welcome the following business
partners to our list of businesses that provide discounts, donations,
and general assistance to the MusicLink programs in their communities,
through the internet, and through offers to our volunteer teachers.
Find out more about these businesses on our website sponsor page:
- Audobon Strings, New Haven CT
- Kapok Press, Fredericksburg, VA
- John Lee PIano Tuning, Minneapolis MN
- Legacy Productions, Minneapolis MN
- Metro Music Studios Inc., Roseville MN
- Noteable, Minneapolis MN
- NoteLogic, Red Oak TX
- PIano Movers Extraordinaire Inc., Braham MN
- Rice Music House, Columbia SC