As part of the Tampa 21st Century Community Learning Centers project, Instruments of Change® is bringing piano lessons to students attending several Title 1 schools in Hillsborough County, FL Over the past four years we provided on-site music instruction in the form of piano lessons. In all, more than 700 students have been taught the basics of piano and music theory.
The goal of this project is to improve the lives of the children through music education. In the process of learning a musical instrument, the children are mentored in essential life-skills including: hard work, personal accomplishment and improved self-esteem.
In addition, studies show that students who learn to play a musical instrument do better in school, score higher on math and language skills testing, are more likely to graduate high school and are less likely to be involved in drug and alcohol abuse.
We are entering our 5th year with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay. The partnership began with the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant through the State of Florida. In the Fall of 2014, we are exploring more opportunities to bring music to more Club sites.