The Music School follows the tradition started by the Settlement House movement a century ago, with a commitment to making quality arts education accessible to everyone. Financial aid for individual students is a significant part of the Music School’s budget – in fact, 59% of our 1,650 weekly students receive free or reduced-cost instruction or therapeutic services, thanks to generous donors & charitable funders.
The Music School partners with hospitals, mental health providers, public schools, preschools, retirement communities, and other human service organizations to reach nearly half of those weekly participants. Our Music in the Community Initiative fosters those partnerships, allowing Music School faculty to teach hundreds of individuals across New Hampshire whose access is limited by disability, distance, or economic status.
Our faculty members make more than 600 visits to partnership sites annually. Recent programs include:
- Songwriting workshops at Spaulding Youth Center, for youth with neurological, developmental, and emotional disorders
- Dance movement therapy for preschoolers at Manchester’s Families in Transition
- The Sunflower Singers chorus for adults with developmental disabilities
- Music & Movement teacher training for teenagers studying early childhood education, as they work with toddlers at Huot Technical Center in Laconia
- Music therapy for babies with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome and their families at Elliot Hospital
- Music & Movement to develop cooperation and focus at Merrimack Valley Day Care
- Intensive workshops and master classes at public school music programs
- Music therapy for adults with chronic mental illness at Riverbend Community Mental Health
- Music therapy for older adults with cognitive decline at The Birches in Concord
- Songhealers visits to hospice houses and individual homes
Sharing music with people where they are is critical to our mission of music for everyone..For more information on bringing our educational programs or expressive arts therapeutic services into your community or organization, please contact the Music School at 603-228-1196.
Thank you to the Lincoln Financial Foundation for their generous support of Music in the Community. #LincolnsLegacy