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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Education, Music, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid

Mission: To provide long term musical training to promising children in financial need across the country by linking them with qualified music teachers willing to teach at a reduced rate.

Results: We have reached over 6,500 disadvantaged children nationwide with active students in all 50 states and 5 Canadian provinces.. Our dedicated and caring teachers have logged over 470,000 hours of instruction time which equates to over $12 million in in-kind donation.

Target demographics: Low-income children nationwide from early childhood through age 18.

Direct beneficiaries per year: There are approximately 1,000 students actively involved in lessons at any one time throughout the year.

Geographic areas served: Nation-wide

Programs: Provide opportunities to children in Musiclink programs to receive ongoing lessons, performance opportunities, receive achievement awards and attend music camps. Acquire and distribute musical instruments and music to children in Musiclink programs. Move pianos into student's homes and have them tuned. Repair band instruments for loan to students. Recruit teachers for Musiclink programs and provide them with grants and teaching materials. Approximately 800 active teachers at any given time.

Community Stories

137 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am the mother of two wonderful musician sons. MusicLink has made it possible for my children to follow their passion of music through MusicLink's financial support of activities/competitions and music camps. These experiences, made possible through MusicLink, have grown and stretched my sons on many levels, not just in music. I feel these experiences will have a positive lasting impact on my children for the rest of their lives.I can certainly say that thanks to MusicLink, my children have a richer, more fulfilling and supportive upbringing. As a mother, I will be forever grateful for MusicLink's dedication to supporting music in my and other children's lives. I believe this difference makes the world a better place. I have also been very impressed with MusicLink's direct communication with me. I feel like I have a personal connection with the people at MusicLink. Thank you MusicLink!

1 JulieWegener

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been teaching students through the MusicLink Foundation for nearly two decades. This continues to be one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Some of our students have endured heartbreaking circumstances such as homelessness or the loss of a parent. All of our MusicLink families struggle with financial instability beyond their control and want the best for their children. Their economic status would ordinarily make it impossible to study music, but MusicLink makes long term individual lessons possible. It is life changing.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MusicLink is unique in its emphasis on long term individual music instruction for children of low income families, making an enormous difference musically, academically and personally. As a teacher and local coordinator, I have been involved with MusicLink for 15 years and I continue to be deeply impressed.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Musicink foundation is a blessing to my family. My name is Eva I have three children who love to play piano. My oldest is ten he was already taking piano lessons. I couldn't afford to pay for the other two. Musiclink help us with payment for all three children now they all playing the piano. They enjoyed it every day. my oldest son would like to become a professional piano player . I believe this foundation gave him the head start to achieve his goal. For this We will forever grateful. thank you for all you have done for us musiclink.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The MusicLink Foundation has really met a need for several students in my independent teaching studio. A dedicated family with two students taking lessons approached me about reducing lessons to every other week due to finances, rather than weekly as they had been doing. They were perfect candidates for the Music Link program, so I was willing to donate my time to make that possible.

They have thrived under the program and benefitted greatly from it. They actively participate in many of our state and local events because the fees are waived for the programs. This would not have been possible without the financial help they receive.

Supporting MusicLink is a great way to give back to the community and make a difference in young people's lives by donating time, money and energy. Play it forward!

1 Cher A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Music is everything to my son. He works tirelessly at it with a great attitude. To my chagrin we were faced with financial issues that would've prevented him from taking any more lessons. I reached to MusicLink as a last resort and they helped us out tremendously. I was informed within a short time frame that my son had been granted a discount for his lessons. To be able to continue with his studies is truly a gift. I can not thank MusicLink enough for this.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a MusicLink student for 4 years now and couldn't be more grateful for the musical opportunities this foundation has given me. I've had the honor of performing at the Mall of America to help raise money for this organization and was extremely blessed to have received a scholarship for my demonstration of musical growth and achievement over the years. MusicLink has helped me understand and appreciate the power of music for oneself and the community at large. Thank you MusicLink

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you Dearly for allowing our family to participate in MusicLink with Mrs Langfeld who teaches 3 of my 7 children piano. They have acquired much talent and the love of music with her. Mrs Langfeld is very active in many awards and offers a nice variety of ways to participate and encourage my children. I’m so grateful. I look forward to another year thanks to her and MusicLink too! We can all enjoy music even more!! It is SUCH a gift for my kids to be able to go up to any piano and confidently play an advanced song they learned the previous year! Thank you!!

1 diane45

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a MusicLink Foundation teacher for several years and this organization has provided much needed help to worthy students. The companies who support this Foundation help so very much with the purchase of music books. I am honored to be a part of such a professional institution. Thank you.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have proudly been a MusicLink Foundation teacher for the past several years and so appreciate the dedication and foresight of the founders of this organization. Through the Foundation, I have taught many students who would not have been able to take piano lessons. This organization provides support, materials, instruments and self esteem to the students who are in the program. Our hope is for the continued success and leadership for this fine Foundation!!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a MusicLink teacher since 2000. MusicLink has allowed my studio a national connection for deserving and talented dedicated students that greatly enhances what can be offered them.
It is so rewarding to see their joy and passion and how much they appreciate the benefits and support from the MusicLink Foundation and MusicLink business partners. As a result, these students not only excel in music events, performances and competitions, but also give of their time and talents by serving in their community.
I cannot thank the MusicLink Foundation program enough for the blessings given.

1 Jean B.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am the teacher of a music link family of eight children, who has made the very most of their opportunities through music link. With the help of music link, they have been able to afford music theory exams, comprehensive piano exams, and they have made complete use of the piano contest offered by MMTA. Music link paid the registration fees for the family of eight different years for different events. The children in this family have won the contests and performed in the honors concert year after year because of being given the chance from Music Link to compete. They have also been reimbursed for getting their piano tuned.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Photo: Martin Song-Le, MusicLink student of Maria Grant.
I am a piano teacher in Waconia (MN) and faculty at Interlochen Arts Camp (MI) during the summer. Over the last eight years my MusicLink students received the reduced tuition benefit from me while also benefiting from the MusicLink broad support. The student’s cost for participation in National Guild Auditions, MMTA Piano Contest and exams, UMMF Auditions, etc, were all subsidized. They always received many free books and study materials available at the annual MMTA Convention’s MusicLink booth. But, besides the important financial aspect, perhaps the biggest impact for being a part of this foundation is the loud and clear the message students get- their music studies are important, valued and appreciated by many!
Thank you MusicLink for promoting music for all - the opportunities you give to these deserving students and families are priceless!
Maria Grant

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Dear Musiclink Founation,
We do have no enough words to our heartfelt gratitude for the immeasurable gift Music link foundation has been giving our two boys. Through Musiclink, we found the most amazing vioin teacher, who is so talented, gifted, experienced and full of wisdom musically and So beautiful, inspiring, kind and caring humanly. Thank you SO much beyond words. Musiclink also help our kids to participate in summer music camps, like Oregon Suzuki Institute by giving our boys scholarship. We really are So fortunate and feel blessed being part of this beautiful Non-profit organization, Musiclink!! Music is a universal language that promotes peace, love and happiness. Thank You So much Musiclink. May the source of all good deeds, the Almighty Lord keep blessing you all and your beautiful cause of making music education affordable!

With much gratitude & respect,
Martha & family

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Through MusicLink Foundation my daughter has been able to study the piano with an incredibly gifted teacher. It has been such a gift to see my daughter express herself through music. Her teacher has empowered her to experience the study of piano and music as something that is beautiful and central to the human experience, rather than something that is rote and step by step. My family is so grateful to the MusicLink Foundation for supporting our daughter's musical education!

1 Ryan N.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Musiclink has been a huge blessing for our lives. The organization has enabled us to do more than we could ever have imagined. Our lives have been greatly enriched. We try to share with anyone we meet that has an interest in music about what Musiclink has to offer. We can’t thank them enough.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a parent of two MusicLink students.
My family have been very grateful for all the opportunities that MusicLink program has given to us.
Through MusicLink, my son has been given free piano lessons from one of the great MusicLink teachers, Dr. Debra Sostrin since 2012. For the last three years, my younger daughter also has received piano lessons with reduced price from teacher Debra.
My older son also has received piano lessons with reduced price from another great MusicLink teacher, Dr. Marjorie Janova for the last four years.
I have to say that MusicLink is a true blessing to my family.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

They are an amazing organization providing a needed service to the North Minneapolis community.

2 Jaette

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MusicLink has been so instrumental in helping our non profit Music group, Hopewell Music Cooperative with its goal of teaching ALL Students regardless of their income level. They have helped by donating music and method books to us, helping Students secure instruments if the Student did not have one and providing places to perform. One favorite place for my Students is the Mall of America. We so appreciate all help from MusicLink, especially our own representative, Sue Wege. She is a so very dedicated to the cause of music for all and it shows each time she connects with Hopewell and the Music Students. We love the MusicLink program and dedicated people. Thank you so much, Jaette Carpenter, co Founder of Hopewell Music Cooperative-North

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The MusicLink has lived up to their name of Linking Music Teachers to low income Students and also providing instruments and music where needed desperately by families to enable a young Students to excel. I have several MusicLink Students who are entering their 12th year of school in local HS, who would never have had the opportunity to take music lessons from grade school all the way to final year of HS and excelling to College level. Their families simply did not have the funds to achieve this for their children. MusicLink assisted by providing music methods books and sheet music to help and by providing several pianos at our school for our Students, to help them achieve their goal of learning to excel at the piano, then singing and guitar. These two young women then helped volunteer for our music camp and Student Teaching of our younger Students. The helping hand to Hopewell from MusicLink has been invaluable. I have the utmost gratitude and appreciation for this long time organization MusicLink. They truly ARE one of the GREAT Nonprofits. Jaette Carpenter, Co Founder of Hopewell Music Cooperative-North (accompanying photo is performing at Walker Methodist Care Center with the two Girls and the other Students. They have grown so much inside and out as great musicians and empathetic young persons)

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Peggy76

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My favorite non-profit organization is MusicLink. Throughout my life music has helped me express joy, sorrow, contentment, worship, stress and many other emotions. I can't imagine my life without it. When I heard there was an organization that helped financially challenged young people have affordable lessons on a musical instrument, I was very happy. Since I am a piano teacher, I volunteered to take a MusicLink student. I have never been sorry. I live in a culturally diverse area and through my fifteen or so years of volunteering I have had students from many countries ad cultures. Becoming friends with them and their families has enriched my life and broadened my horizons. It has been a joy to see the students learn and grow in their musical skills. My first MusicLInk student was from Central America. Her parents were so supportive ad happy that she could have lessons. I had another family who were here on political asylum because their people were oppressed in their home country. The two daughters in that family are fine musicians today. Anyone who contributes to MusicLink will be helping to add a lifetime joy to some young person.
Peggy Newhall NCTM

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a nationally certified piano teacher and MusicLink coordinator for the state of Utah, it always gives me such an incredible feeling when I can connect a dedicated low-income piano student with a teacher, who is willing to provide lessons on partial or full scholarship.

A universal language, music education should be accessible to all children. It is in an investment in our future. This is why I dedicate my time as a volunteer to support MusicLink!
- Hana Janatova, NCTM

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been with Musiclink since its inception twenty-five years ago. To say that in the past twenty-five years Musiclink has made an enormous difference in many childrens' lives would be an understatement. Not only students have had thousands of hours of one on one instruction on their chosen instruments, benefited from receiving free instruments, free music and help in attending music camps. More importantly, they have formed lasting bonds with their teachers & mentors. In most cases this bond has been & still is, much more important than the lessons themselves. By being in the Musiclink program and with the devotion of their teachers they have found purpose, direction & commitment. Many alumni are now doing amazing work in the field of music and other disciplines. A well deserved kudos is in order for Musiclink. May it continue grow and be even more successful in the next twenty-five years.