Lindenbaum Strings & Choir Outreach Program
The Lindenbaum Outreach Program offers youth in the Seguin communities high quality after-school programs in string and choral music, two types of music education that are otherwise lacking in the area's school districts, music shops, and private studios.
By reaching out to elementary-age students, we hope to create a snowball effect in the development of cognitive, social, and emotional skills through the challenges of learning music, in an encouraging learning environment which also strengthens their families and communities.
Violin and Cello classes will last for two school years; in most cases, class times and locations remain the same from year to year - no need to adjust your family's schedule in order to continue into the second year. All Lindenbaum Outreach Program instructors use the Suzuki Method, a holistic approach specifically designed to successfully teach young students to play beautifully. Students who complete the two-year after-school curriculum are welcome to join the Community Music Academy's Beginning Youth Orchestra without audition.
Beginning Choir will teach young students to be aware of their physical posture and develop self-control, listening, and focus skills. Students will learn to match pitches and begin to discern differences in the tone quality of their voices, laying the foundation for developing strong, resonant speaking and singing voices through adolescence. Foundations of music reading are also addressed and will continue to be developed as students grow into the Intermediate and Advanced Youth Choirs.
The Lindenbaum Outreach Program is partially funded by the Lindenbaum Music Education Fund, which was created by a generous donation to TLU by the Lindenbaum family. The Community Music Academy also receives FUNDING from the Texas Lutheran University School of Music, the Dubón Family Foundation, Barbara Ringen, Mid-Texas Symphony, Guadalupe County United Way, the Seguin Rotary Club, Texas Commission for the Arts, Seguin ISD, and from many individual donors.
All classes are currently filled and have a waiting list. For more information or to be placed on the waiting list, please email Shareen Vader.
Criteria for Acceptance Into the Program
When registering for the Lindenbaum Outreach Program, you are committing to the following criteria:
- Families in violin and cello classes are asked to commit to participate for the entire 2-year curriculum. We can help if you're having trouble!
- A parent or guardian must attend violin and cello classes with the student.
- Parents and students in both Strings and Choir classes should practice together and be prepared for class each week.
- Missing 3 or more classes or a required concert may result in dismissal from the program.
- Parents or guardians of Strings Class students borrowing CMA instruments will be responsible for paying an annual $20 instrument maintenance fee.
- Parents or guardians of Beginning Choir students will be responsible for paying a $10 music fee each semester.
Lindenbaum Scholarship for the TLU Community Music Academy Youth Orchestras and Youth Choirs
The Lindenbaum Family Endowment Fund provides a scholarship for string players and singers with financial need who wish to participate in the TLU Community Music Academy’s Youth Orchestras or the Intermediate and Advanced Youth Choirs; qualifying students receive a full-tuition scholarship.
Families qualify for the need-based scholarship if they are eligible for any Federal or State assistance programs such as the Free and Reduced-price School Lunch Program, SNAP/WIC, CHIP/Medicaid, etc.
Qualifying families may select the scholarship during registration. View the income guidelines for the School Lunch Program.