​TLU Community Music Academy Receives Artworks Grant

July 19, 2017

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The TLU Community Music Academy (CMA) is the recipient of a $10,000 ArtWorks grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the university’s Lindenbaum Outreach Program. The program provides free after-school strings classes at five elementary schools in the areas surrounding Seguin, as well as youth orchestras and choirs.

With a lack of strings education nearby—and few music education opportunities at all specifically for elementary students—this grant acknowledges the program’s value and past success in giving local students the opportunity to develop instrumental and vocal skills from a young age. According to CMA Director Ben Thomason, research shows that when students begin serious music education during their elementary school years, there can be a positive snowball effect of improving cognitive, character, and relational outcomes later in life.

“Another goal of the program is to have a broad positive influence on families and the community through training parents of students in the program to participate in their child’s music education and create a positive and loving learning environments in the home,” Thomason said. “The ArtWorks grant provides partial funding to continue providing this important program to Seguin and the surrounding communities for the 2017-2018 school year.”

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