|Music To My Ears is a volunteer organization where middle and high school children teach musical instrument lessons to elementary school age children. It was started in October of 2009 when Hanover County budget cuts removed the strings program from the elementary school curriculum.
We have recently expanded our program into other states and you can now access two of our locations via this website: the one in Hanover County, Virginia, and one in Frederick, Maryland. You can read more about the Frederick location here.
In Hanover County, we are offering guitar, piano, flute, saxophone, viola and violin beginner lessons. We have a team of experienced middle and high school students that volunteer to teach the elementary school children 30 minute weekly lessons. This program is open to all Hanover County students. Lessons are supervised and taught at the teachers' homes. Right now all of our teachers are in Kings Charter.
For the 2011-2012 session, we welcome our Frederick, Maryland instructors. For the 2012-2013 session, our Frederick, Maryland instructors are offering piano, violin, harp and guitar lessons.
2009-2010 was our first year and it was very successful. We had 7 teachers and 13 students.
2010-2011 was our second session, bringing the total number of kids involved to 34! At the end of this session our community service project had given back a total of 461 hours.
2011-2012 was our third session and it ran from September of 2011 until May of 2012. Our running total of children now who have participated is 58 and so far over 869 hours of community service have been given! We already have 15 children on the waiting list for next session.
2012-2013 as our fourth session comes to an end in May 2013, we have exceeded our expected service hours! After this session, 73 students have benefited from the program, with over 1300 hours being given back to our communities.
Many of our students have gone on to take music in middle school or lessons with professional teachers. We have even had some teachers start another instrument as the result of their involvement with the program.
Please remember to check out Announcement page for current updates.
If you are interested in being taught an instrument, click here.
If you would like to become a teacher, click here.