Music Lessons Project brings private lessons to Salem’s lower-income schools

woman holding guitar

For years, Salem-Keizer Public Schools has been known for producing state champion bands, orchestras, choirs and soloists.

But private lessons often are the final push to take students from in-school programs to winning state titles and securing spots in college.

And because students’ families pay for the lessons, an equity gap exists between students whose families have the money and those who don’t.

To level the playing field, the Music Lessons Project was born, working to ensure “no dedicated, talented child who wants to pursue music lessons is limited due to their family’s financial status.”

Read the full story here.

Published by Natalie Pate

Natalie Pate is the education reporter for the Statesman Journal in Salem, Oregon. She is originally from Colorado and earned her B.A. in Politics and French and Francophone Studies from Willamette University.

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