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Classics for Kids Foundation Awards Grant to Community Music Academy

$5,000 matching grant to go toward Lindenbaum Suzuki Outreach Program

Classics for Kids Foundation has awarded a $5,000 matching grant to the Lindenbaum Suzuki Outreach Program of the Community Music Academy. The CMA is a nonprofit music school in partnership with Texas Lutheran University and the Mid-Texas Symphony offering music instruction to children K-12. The grant money will be used to purchase violins and cellos for the strings outreach program.

“We started Classics for Kids to change the lives of at-risk youth around the country by opening the doors of classical music to them,” said Mike Reynolds, Classics for Kids founder and executive director. “Today, I’m thrilled to be able to bring this opportunity to kids in Texas." 

The award to CMA was selected among grant proposals from all over the U.S. The Lindenbaum Suzuki Outreach Program was started in 2010 with one violin class and 10 students and has grown to 165 students in five schools, with four instructors in fall of 2013. The mission of the outreach program is to offer free music instruction, strings or choral, to students who would not otherwise have the opportunity.

“I am so grateful for the $5,000 matching grant from the Classics for Kids Foundation,” said Laurie Jenschke, Director of the TLU/MTS Community Music Academy. “This grant will allow us to purchase the cellos needed for the Level II cello class at Koennecke Elementary in Seguin. We hope that interested individuals will help us match this grant with their contributions.”

The National Endowment for the Arts found that eighth graders who had been exposed to a “high level of arts engagement” from kindergarten through the fifth grade showed higher test scores in the sciences and writing than those who didn’t. Additional studies have made the case that arts education can help improve cognitive, social and behavioral outcomes in children and adolescents. Arts education also helps with students’ readiness to learn and their performance in language, literacy and math. The Lindenbaum Suzuki Outreach Program is currently accepting the donations needed to match the $5,000 funding grant. Every dollar donated contributes to a deserving student being given the opportunity to experience the powerful influence that music can have on their lives. Contributions can be made to Texas Lutheran University, 1000 West Court Street, Seguin, Texas, 78155 or go online to www.tlu.edu/giving and designate your gift for the Lindenbaum Suzuki Outreach Program.

Classics for Kids Foundation was co-founded in 1998 by former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Muir String Quartet cellist Michael Reynolds in response to the decline of music education programs in public schools. Since then, the organization has supported more than 100 matching grants in communities across the nation, with instrument values of more than $1 million. For more information, visit www.classicsforkids.org.