A new decade for MusicLink deserves a bit of celebration in honor
of the wonderful teachers and coordinators who have provided five
to ten years of service to the program. We have a list of over
25 teachers who have reached this milestone of dedication to MusicLink.
We will feature a few in each upcoming eLINK. Their stories reflect
the rationale for being part of MusicLink– the desire to truly
make a difference in the life of a child through music.
We anticipate a year of growth for MusicLink, with grass-roots
attention from each local professional music organization to urge
colleagues to register or take on a student on partial scholarship.
We are trying to reach 1,000 students this year – so if teachers
reading this issue are teaching a student on partial scholarship
and NOT registered for MusicLink – do it! Also encourage your colleagues
to join as well!
Playathons across the country this year will publicize what we
do as well as help raise funds so more students can have lessons,
music, instruments, and go to camp. Now, more than ever, we want
to help students realize the joy of music lessons in their lives.
We hope many of you will join us in this celebration of music lessons.
MusicLink Foundation recognized by Great NonProfits Arts Appreciation
Campaign GreatNonprofits has teamed up with
Intersection for the Arts
to launch the
2010 Arts Appreciation Campaign
the top-rated nonprofits that enrich communities through the arts.
Non profits who have over 10 positive reviews (4 or 5 stars) by
February 28th will be featured as Top-Rated Arts Nonprofits on
both philanthropic sites. We encourage you to show your appreciation
of what MusicLink does with a quick and easy review using the link
below – with our thanks!
GoodSearch.com – Easy way to help MusicLink
If you put a post-it note next to the computer noting goodsearch.
com, you will remember to click on this search engine for any search
or purchase online. Result? With each search or purchase, the
MusicLink Foundation receives a portion of each purchase (from
3% up to 30%). Simply be sure to put MusicLink Foundation in the
charity box – it’s that easy! THANKS!
Western Illinois University MTNA
Practices for MusicLink
WIU MTNA: Darcie Flemming, Andrew Geyssens, Chelsea Maroney, Dr.
Tammy Walker (advisor), Kate McGowan, Abby Chien, Anna Smith, Robby
Krajewski, Emily Fishburn, Nicole Peter.
The student MTNA chapter of WIU decided to sponsor their own version
of Promise to Practice, seeking sponsors in the community and WIU
music faculty to support music majors during a Promise to Practice
Week. Each sponsor agreed to donate a certain amount of dollars
per hour practiced. With 11 college students participating, the
students practiced over 100 hours, raising a total of $459.
Secretary Abby L. Chien explains, “So often, practicing only feels
like something we do for ourselves. With this, we were able to
make our practice hours benefit others which was a wonderful thing.”
The chapter plans to make this an annual event.
National MusicLink Playathon – May 1st – 2nd
We encourage local music organizations, music schools, college
MTNA chapters, and any group interested in having fun playing music
at a mall and raising money for our MusicLink kids to join our
efforts in holding multiple MusicLInk Playathons across the country
the first weekend in May, 2010. These performance events can reward
students who have enjoyed a Promise to Practice event or simply
gather people who are celebrating the joy of music lessons. For
details, click on the Playathon kit on our website homepage or
contact Sue Wege, email@example.com.
Promise to Practice performance event
at the Village mall in Orange CA
Welcome to New Business Partners
Each new MusicLink teacher receives a Business Partner discount
list that offers specific discounts or free “thank you” items from
publishers of music, software, website subscriptions, CDs, DVDs,
and other educational materials. The list also contains a list
of music dealers who offer discounts to MusicLink teachers and
students in their local communities. MusicLink has over 130 sponsors
and business partners on our website. We welcome the following
new business partners:
- Alexandria Music Store: Alexandria MN – discounts for inst. and materials
- Animusic offers free Animusic2 DVDs and teaching tips to MusicLink teachers.
- Downtown Piano Works: Frederick MD – discounts on lessons, materials
- Le Grande Stereo & Music: Le Grande OR – discounts for MusicLink teachers
- Music Teacher’s Helper: Free studio website for MusicLink teachers
- Music Together – Discounts on teacher training
- Ponier Music: Marietta GA – discounts and donation of instruments
- Prime Recordings: UT – 50% discount for MusicLink teachers
- Rieman Music: Urbandale IA – discounts for MusicLink teachers
Senior Spotlight: Fernando Gil Lamadrid and Nancy O’Brien AZ
“Creating musicians – one student at a time.” MusicLink’s slogan
certainly characterizes Fernando Gil Lamadrid’s story. I recently
caught up with Fernando during a break at our community’s annual
piano ensemble rehearsal – the eighth consecutive year he has participated.
My first question: how have music lessons affected your life?
A huge grin breaks across his face and he answers, “Oh it’s helped
me a lot. . . I really love music, I play like four or five different
instruments--the viola, violin, string bass, bass—oh and the piano of course.”
And the piano happens to be where it all started. When Fernando
was ten years old, a family friend generously provided him with
piano lessons with Nancy O’Brien, a highly regarded and sought
after teacher in Tucson, Arizona. When this family friend moved
across the country a year later, Nancy recalls: “He asked me if
I would consider teaching Fernando without compensation—out of
the goodness of my heart. So I did, and then MusicLink came along,
and I still kept giving him lessons.”
Now, nine years later, Fernando graduated from high school in 2009
and plans to attend college with the goal to become a doctor.
Fernando hasn’t always had the perfect circumstances in which to
practice. As part of a single-parent household, he has worked
on and off to help support his family; with his 66-key keyboard
at home, playing Bach, Beethoven, and Piazolla hasn’t worked so
well. But these challenges have never discouraged Nancy from giving
him thorough training in technique, theory, and composition—nor
have they stopped Fernando from finding a solution to his keyboard
problem: he now practices at school during study hall, explaining
to his teacher, “Ms. O’Brien, I can do homework at home. I practice
Indeed, Nancy O’Brien, a National Guild of Piano Teachers Adjudicator
for the past twenty years and former faculty of the University
of Arizona School of Music, has continued to make a difference
with her music. And judging from his confidence and instant charm,
Fernando will benefit from MusicLink for the rest of his life!
- Mika Inouye, Arizona MusicLink Coordinator
MusicLink Teachers of Distinction – 10 Years of Service
Sherry Penkert Frush NCTM, TX, has been an independent music teacher
in Abilene, Texas for over 40 years and currently maintains a studio
with over 120 students. Frush is a Past President of Texas Music
Teachers Association and TMTA 2005 Teacher of the Year. She has
been a member of Music Teachers National Association since 1970,
national certified since 1975 and awarded professional Lifetime
Certification in 1995. She has held a state position in TMTA for
over 30 years, is currently a TMTEF Trustee and writes all of the
state theory tests. A frequent adjudicator, clinician, and accompanist,
Mrs. Frush is a member of the National Guild Hall of Fame, National
Music Link Hall of Fame, is a state and local officer of Federated
Music Clubs, an officer of Abilene MTA, and was named Abilene MTA
Teacher of the Year in 1988 and 2004. Frush Music students have
won local, district, state, and national competitions in performance
and composition; many former students are music educators. Frush
strives to give her students a life-long love and enjoyment of
music rather than a few years of tedious work with no long-term
enrichment or gratification. Motto: Live with passion, joy and style.
Sue Krebsbach, MN: I have been teaching MusicLink students for many
years. Our State MusicLink Chair, Sue Wege, has been instrumental
in making me aware of this wonderful program. I co-own a music
studio in Woodbury, MN, K&S Conservatory of Music. Several of
my instrumental and piano teachers have also offered MusicLink
lessons to needy students. I like the accountability that MusicLink
offers because the parents have to verify that they are in need
of financial help through the forms that they fill out.
My students have performed in the MusicLink Playathon at the Mall
of America last year to help raise money through pledges and are
looking forward to doing so again this May. It has been exciting
to see Minnesota Music Teachers Association and MusicLink work
together on projects, including the Playathon and offering reduced
registration and materials fees to MusicLink teachers and students.
Thanks to MusicLink for the wonderful important job you are doing
for music students across America.
MusicLink Coordinators &Teachers of Distinction – 10 Years of Service
Eileen Knox, OR: Eileen Knox lives in the beautiful city of Portland,
Oregon where she is surrounded by a community of music educators
actively supporting students in need through MusicLink. As a child,
Eileen wanted to play the piano, but her family could not afford
it. So, her musical education began at the age of 30. Her first
lessons were with Velma Schludermann, a gifted piano teacher and
founding member of Oregon’s MusicLink State Board. Eileen went
on to receive her B.A in Music Education, and after 25 years of
professional teaching, her Permanent Professional Certification
from MTNA. She understands, on all levels, the value of MusicLink
and the profound effect it has on the children, their families
and our shared future. She is currently serving as a MusicLink
teacher, Oregon MusicLink board member and Northwest & Southwest
regional coordinator. She finds a great deal of joy in working
and playing with teachers committed to the mentorship and development
of our young. Given a perfect world, everyone would be as generous
of heart and as gracious in nature as our MusicLink community.
Sue Wege NCTM, MN: I have been involved with the MusicLink Program
for 11 years now as teacher, state and regional coordinator. I
am currently the Minnesota State MusicLink Coordinator and the
Midwest & South Central Regional Coordinator. Over the years it
has been my great joy to teach 6 MusicLink students. My coordinating
efforts have covered many states and I've made many new friends
this way. I'm always impressed with how amazingly generous music
teachers are in opening their hearts and their studios to children
you would not otherwise have the opportunity to learn music. Though
I've coordinated many after-school and Community School projects,
my heart continues to lie with the one-on-one link between one
teacher and one student. It's been my joy to facilitate these
links and I'm grateful to the MusicLink Foundation for giving me
MusicLink Hall of Fame Teachers & Coordinators – 5 Years of Service
Mika Inouye, AZ: was introduced to the MusicLink Foundation in 2004
while looking for a scholarship program for some of her students
in Arlington, Virginia. Throughout the next two years she taught
nine students through the MusicLink program and volunteered as
the Arlington local coordinator. She moved to Arizona in 2006,
where she was Southwest regional coordinator until 2008. She is
currently the Arizona state coordinator and has two MusicLink students.
A nationally certified teacher of music, Mika holds her BM and MM degrees
in piano performance from Brigham Young University and the University
of Montana, where she was an adjunct instructor. Mika is a certified
Orff-Schulwerk teacher and teaches elementary music at a Waldorf-inspired
charter school in Tucson. She maintains an independent
piano studio and is the director of the Inouye Institute for the
Arts, a not-for-profit organization that partners with communities
to bring a creative arts experience to children and families. Mika
lives with her husband,
Mark Lambert, and their three children ages two, four, and six.
Patti Nyien NCTM, IL: Patti teaches two MusicLink students in Westmont,
IL. She enjoys the many aspects of teaching piano and the satisfaction
of successful teaching when students begin to find joy in a lifetime
pursuit of music. Her studio has about 45 students this year.
A graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, TN Magna Cum Laude,
Patti is a life time member of the American Choral Directors Association
and is currently conducting a small choral group, "Forever Praise",
that sings concerts in a rented historic site in Hinsdale, IL as
well as various retirement centers. Pattti is a Bengal cat breeder
and will often have kittens underfoot much to her students enjoyment.
Crocheting, swimming and snow skiing are definite priorities for
health and relaxation. Patti participated as a swimmer in team
Primo Donas in the Trek Triathlon July 2009 achieving 2nd place
in the family team division.