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.
This year the MusicLink Foundation celebrates it's 25th anniversary, a major milestone for any organization. For MusicLink, which boast only a handful of staff, its longevity is a tribute to its extraordinarily talented, determined and dedicated founder, Joanne Haroutounian, PhD., who over the years has assembled hundreds of like-minded volunteer professionals committed to making a positive impact on children who love music. With a mission to create one musician at a time,MusicLink has developed a nationwide network of professional music teachers who volunteer to provide individual music lessons at a fraction of their cost or at no cost to young financially challenged students . To make this program viable, MusicLink also partners with businesses across the nation willing to provide the resources needed to nurture the musical interest and talent of a child who otherwise could not afford music lessons or instruments. From violins and pianos, to sheet music, playathons and more, students are offered resources and opportunities to help pursue their love of music. The stories of how MusicLink has impacted students and their families range from heartwarming to life-changing. On a personal level, this organization touches my heart everyday as it empowers children to pursue their dreams, develop their talent and grow their love of music. While not all MusicLink students will become professional musicians, they will become the audiences of the future. If you love music as I do, learn more about MusicLink at MusicLinkFoundation.org and consider becoming a business partner or making a donation.
I've had the privilege of being a Board Member of the MusicLink Foundation for several years and have seen from the inside the strong commitment and success of it's mission to provide any child who has musical potential with the opportunity to nurture this talent. Children from low income families with financial challenges are the cherished recipients of assistance by the MusicLink Foundation. The student/teacher stories are not only heart-warming but also stories of personal gratification, growth and success for students and teachers alike. The grassroots approach of the MusicLink Foundation is extraordinary and admirable, reaching thousands of students since its inception and engaging hundreds of professional music teachers to share their time and talent. I'm truly proud of this organization and its success in making a difference in the life of a child...and all who surround that child.
The resources available are too good not to share. I want to make sure everyone already in lessons - or wishing they had access - would find out about MusicLink as soon as possible. I am so grateful for their work and mission to make lessons affordable and easy to find for all people.
I have many students who have benefitted from the Music Link program, receiving instruments, fees for exams waived. They even got to play at the Mall of America.
I have been a musiclink teacher for many years. This program allows my students to participate in exam programs free of charge. They would not be able to afford the fees and lessons involved in learning an instrument otherwise. One of my students received a free piano when she was starting lessons. Ten years later, she won a music scholarship and entered university in the music business major. Musiclink foundation was instrumental in helping Rachel develop her talents.
MusicLink continues to assist my music school for mostly underprivileged students through instrument donation and discounted music. Some of these kids have been with us for more than five years so are becoming competent and growing musicians. Several participate in church services now. this is a very practical non-profit which facilitates the teacher and community helping a needy and committed family one by one.
Because of this Foundation, I have been able to place 15 free acoustic pianos into student homes and have purchased hundreds of dollars in music from business partners at deep discounts. With the help of this Foundation, my program has been able to serve the needs of more than thirty needy piano students and we have just expanded to include guitar. The MusicLink services are easy to access by families in need as well as easy for the teachers. MusicLink fills a vital niche in the music community!
So many students have the desire to learn music, but for many it is an unattainable dream merely because they are unable to afford lessons and obtain a practice instrument. The MusicLink Foundation has done an amazing job at working to eliminate this barrier to young students. Many students are now offered the chance to learn an instrument, and their dedicated teachers are supported through the foundation.
MusicLink has been an integral part of our children's music education for two years now. We have three children taking piano lessons and two others taking violin. Without the support of our piano teacher, who offers MusicLink lessons, we would never be able to afford lessons for our children. MusicLink also provides us with discounted entry fees for all of our recitals and competitions. It has been an amazing help to our family.
Teaching talented, but financially disadvantaged students is a fantastically rewarding experience, and the MusicLink Foundation really helps to make it happen. They provide help in finding students who would benefit, and help financially through business partners, and teacher reimbursements. The organization is efficiently run, and very helpful. I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience teaching MusicLink students!
I cannot even begin to describe how grateful I am for the Musiclink Foundation. They have helped my family out on countless occasions. Whether it was helping my kids pay for string lessons, giving scholarship money for summer camps, helping to obtain instruments, or enabling us to get new strings, Musiclink has always been there for us. I would never have been able to support my kids and their dreams of being professional string players were it not for Musiclink. My family is forever grateful to them for everything they do.
I first learned of the Musiclink Foundation from the director of my children's music school at a time when we were struggling to pay for lessons. We applied for a summer scholarship, and, as a result, my kids were able to attend a wonderful string camp. This was only the beginning, however, as we have continued to struggle financially, the Musiclink Foundation has provided wonderful support. My oldest son attended their conference in Virginia last June and received a beautiful viola. Then, around Christmastime, my youngest son received his very own cello. I feel truly blessed to have come to know this foundation; they have helped our family out more that I could have ever wished or imagined.
We have four young children that wanted to take violin and piano lessons; they begged for years. On a pastors salary, with a 9 year old and triplet 7 year olds we just couldn't afford lessons for all of them. We have been so thankful for the opportunities that MusicLink has given our family! Now we hear music in our house all the time! We have seen each of our children's confidence grow as they learn to play instruments they have always dreamed of playing. We are so very grateful to the teachers that are willing to work at a greatly discounted rate so every child has this opportunity. MusicLink opened doors for our family that we never thought possible!
MusicLInk Foundation provides incredible support to families who have the desire for their children to take lessons but do not have the means. They have many wonderful opportunities for the students and offer support to the teachers so that they can balance giving back to the community and making a living. Thank you for all you do MusicLink!