Over 1.8 million nonprofits and charities for donors, volunteers and funders

2017 Top-Rated Nonprofit

MusicLink Foundation

Claim This Nonprofit

More Info

Add to Favorites

Share this Nonprofit

Donate

Volunteering Oportunities

Nonprofit Overview

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

120 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since a very young age, I have loved to sing. I have had many wonderful private instructors throughout my years of lessons. When looking back at the lessons I’ve learned, I realize that the value isn’t just the actual vocal, piano or guitar lessons I’ve learned. It’s the life lessons. Through my years of studying music privately, I have learned goal-setting, perseverance, self-discipline, problem solving, math and reading skills and much more. These lessons are invaluable. Through the MusicLink Foundation, thousands of children have been able to take private lessons. They are creating more than musicians one student at a time. They are creating well-rounded and successful young adults. As a Minnesota MusicLink Ambassador, I am honored to be part of an organization that makes a difference in children’s lives every day. Thank you MusicLink Foundation for letting me be a part of your organization and for being dedicated to enriching the lives of your students.

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm so glad that MusicLink exists to help music teachers reach out to their communities and provide music lessons to students who might not otherwise have the opportunity.

Perlita L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

i'm very thankfull to the Music Link Foundation for helping my son in getting a grand piano so he was able to practice at home, my son has been taking piano lessons for the last almost 4 years, i was very happy to find them ,when i found out that my son had the gift of playing the piano by ear, so i'm so very thankfull for everything he has learned Sue Wege is his piano teacher and she has been wonderfull teaching him and helped me afford the piano lessons for my son. thank you very much

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have taught MusicLink students since 2006, and it has been an honor and a pleasure to do so. Over the past 9 years, the MusicLink students I encountered in my singing classes, Kindermusik classes, and theater classes made excellent use of the opportunities available to them.

For example, during a two-week theater institute last summer, it was thrilling to watch one of my long-time teenage choral students learn to trust her artistic voice, cultivate spatial awareness, and grow in confidence over such a short time frame. Without MusicLink, our communities would miss out on the artistic growth and astonishing potential of these young and innovative contributors. I'm proud to support an organization that makes music instruction available to children who might not otherwise receive it.

Eileen18

Volunteer

Rating: 5

MusicLink provides its volunteers with the type of support that encourages, motivates and supports. The teachers and students are very fortunate to have this fabulous non-profit available to them.

Previous Stories

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working with MusicLink as a volunteer teacher for many years. I have see the difference it makes for these wonderful children in financial need. Music should be a birth rite!

1 Dan Stevens

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Musical study should be available to everybody regardless of income and I am happy to play a part in bringing music to underprivileged students.

Jill69

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Thank you to all the dedicated MusicLink teachers who have helped so many students who otherwise would not have a chance to make music lessons a part of their lives. MusicLink is an amazing program!
Thanks also to those who contribute the their time and dollars to this very worthwhile organization!

2 Martha31

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I became a MusicLink teacher in 1992 and taught several MusicLink students over the years until I retired in December 2011. Getting to know and nurture these talented, eager kids was truly the highlight of my career. We learned a lot from each other and they grew into productive adults. It was a privilege to pass on the blessings my teachers extended to me.

Elsa H.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MusicLink is fabulous! I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to reach out to needy young musicians by giving discounted piano lessons. These students have such a passion for music and are a joy to teach! I am also so happy that I have the opportunity to know and be inspired by other caring and knowledgable MusicLink teachers. The whole foundation provides such a wonderful way of sharing the joy of music!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a MusicLink teacher for two years and it has been a wonderful association. Students who wouldn't otherwise be able to take lessons or pay for music or an instrument are thriving in their piano lessons. One very bright young student has had the use of an electric keyboard for a year and now, thanks to MusicLink and friends, has been given a piano which was moved into his home on his birthday. He and his mother are so appreciative and I am just delighted. The area representative for MuslicLink is fantastic and once a year the MusicLink teachers and their students get together and play in a local mall to raise money for the program. Very fun and positive experience. M. Stephens, Vermont

1 Judy V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

jvan wrote:
I have been associated with the MusicLink Foundation for 3 years and a MusicLink teacher for about 2 years. The idea that professional music teachers with BIG hearts are paired with dedicated students of limited means to enable them to study music is truly inspirational! The 20+ year history of this Foundation is clear proof that they are certainly doing all the right things! The smiles on the faces of students who can study music privately for the first time or when they receive a donated instrument to practice on - is worth a million dollars! Some of these kids watched their friends play instruments and only could dream of that possibility. The MusicLink Foundation has made this possible for hundreds of students across the country and in Canada!

Previous Stories

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a MusicLink teacher for a year and have had a very positive experience. The students have been very teachable, very engaging and always well prepared. I have had the joy of seeing pianos placed in the homes of my students, complimentary music from generous publishers and business partners. Without MusicLink the students I teach could never afford private lessons and would be missing out on the most significant part of their education. Thank you MusicLink for giving me a way to share my love of music with those who genuinely appreciate it!

Read more

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a MusicLink piano teacher. Teachers are able to assist students in obtaining an instrument to practice on and provide music books for lessons. Piano lessons are for all who love music. MusicLink makes sure that even those without means get the opportunity to study music.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has been taking violin lessons for 5 years and we always had to have financial aid through the Community Arts. When the Community Arts decided to no longer sponsor the Suzuki Violin Program her teacher moved to a local Music School and again we were able to secure financial aid through the Music School. When the teacher decided to go on her own the teacher kept us at a minimal cost. That is when we got signed up with MusicLink. The process was easy and I feel better knowing that her teacher is getting some benefits from the program. This last year my daughter was able to attend a Suzuki Day Long Workshop due to the Teacher Reimbursement Program. Thanks So Much!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known Joanne Haroutounian for over 50 years. Her commitment to link talented, willing music teachers with talented, eager students--who might not otherwise be able to obtain or afford private music lessons--has never dwindled. I am a contributor to MusicLink because I believe their mission benefits so many more lives than just that of a particular student and teacher. Music enriches the quality of life for all--whether we write music, make music or simply listen to it. Gwen K.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved in the MusicLink program as a piano teacher since 1999, teaching six students over the years since then. I have also served as the ML Chair for the local chapter of music teachers, having the responsibility of finding free pianos for each ML student in our community and arranging for the moving of those pianos. I have served as the ML chair for the Washington state music teachers association (WSMTA), presenting a program on ML at a WSMTA convention and meeting other teachers who have become ML volunteers. It has been a joy to share the music that has made a difference in my life with those who otherwise would be unable to have lessons.

Previous Stories

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved in the MusicLink program since 1999, teaching piano to musically talented students whose parents cannot afford to pay for lessons. Each MusicLink teacher makes their own arrangement with the parents as to how much they can invest moneywise in lessons. Most of my parents have been able to pay for the music. I have also had several students help me with housecleaning or music inventory.

These students must be on reduced lunch, free lunch or on the borderline in their schools.

Washington State Music Teachers Association waives the fees for Adjudications, an educational event where each student plays two memorized pieces and is given constructive criticism by a college music professor, held each year in our local chapter. Fees are also waived if a MusicLink student enters the Young Composers Project, also part of the state organization's activities.

Music has been such a large part of my life that I know how taking lessons and learning how to discipline one's self to practice helps in adulthood. I see the benefit of music for these students as it may be the only contact they have on a one-to-one basis with an adult other than parents. Some have gone on to major or minor in college and would not have had exposure to music except through the MusicLink program.

I have been able to find free pianos for these students in my community. The local chapter of music teachers has been willing to pay for the appraisal of the instruments offered by people in the community and moving the pianos into people's homes. Once a student takes lessons for four years, they may keep the piano.

When I have a MusicLink student leave my studio, I talk with music specialists in the local schools to see if they have musically talented students who meet the criteria for the MusicLink program. I feel it is so important to reach out to those students and give them a chance to succeed and love music.

I have served as the local coordinator for this program since its inception in my town.

I've also been pleased of the partnership with our local Symphony which has offered free tickets to for a MusicLInk student and adult to take them to the concerts.

Also, a former piano tuner in town offered to give free tunings to the pianos of the MusicLink students. I am hopeful that the present piano tuner will offer to do the same thing.


1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been associated with the MusicLink Foundation for over 10 years as a coordinator, Board Member and, most importantly, as a MusicLink teacher. I have personally experienced the rewards of being able to share my gift of music with children who wouldn't otherwise have had the chance to learn an instrument.
As a coordinator, I have seen amazing things happen when teachers step forward to teach at a reduced fee or even for free, the perfect instrument is suddenly donated or a business decides to offer a free piano move or tuning. This collaboration among many different parties is making a tremendous difference in the livrs of deserving children and this organization brings it all together.

Previous Stories
1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the MusicLink program as a teacher and a coordinator for over 10 years and I've seen first hand the positive impact it has made on so many children's lives. I have watched my own MusicLink students grow in multiple ways through their experience with music making. I have received dozens of thank you notes from parents and teachers for the possibilities that have become realities because of the MusicLink program. It is an awesome thing to watch a child develop into a fine musician and it's an awesome feeling to know you helped make that happen when it never could have without this program.

Read more
1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was lucky enough to become a participating piano teacher in the early days of MusiLink, the remarkable program which pairs talented students who cannot afford private lessons with teachers who are able to give lessons on full or half scholarships. In my experience, a family of five gifted youngsters who were already studying with me could no longer afford lessons and would not accept "Free" lessons which felt like charity to them.
By introduceing them to the MusicLink program they could accept being part of a national program - a larger group of like minded teachers who were passing on the legacy of music that had been handed down to them.
Since then I have accepted other MusicLink students and they have all been my greatest joy. All have contiued playing after leaving me, some have gone on to Music Schools and music careers, but all have continued to share their love of music with all who know them.
That's what MusicLink has given them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Music Link has sent me some very talented students. The good ones practice, prepare for lessons, and are respectful of my role as a teacher.

1 Denise71

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a piano teacher, I am always concerned when a talented student takes lessons for a while and then drops out. I am so glad I followed my instincts when I saw this family in the grocery store and mentioned the MusicLink program to them. They followed up with the necessary paper work to apply. It has been my privilege to see a brother and sister have a piano to use supplied through the MusicLink program.
It is exciting to see their progress as they prepare for various festivals and competitions. This has all been possible because of the MusicLink program!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I now volunteer my time with South King County chapter that is part of the WSMTA currently. The teacher receives credit for helping out students be provided with free or discounted lessons. The students in return will be continuing on with his or her musical education. This organization has local, regional, and national coordinators to help your student be successful. There are also scholarship programs available as well. This a great organization that everyone benefits.