Charity Music introduced the Musical Instrument Petting Zoo to our community in 2012, based on a similar programs in the Midwest. The Petting Zoo gives a chance to have an up-close look at over 100 musical instruments and actually play these instruments under the supervision of Music Mentor volunteers. Parents have repeatedly expressed delight after seeing their children try out instruments in our petting zoo, and many have advanced into music lessons.
Instrument Loan Program Goals
To provide children (and adults) the opportunity to explore the various families of musical instruments
To provide hands-on opportunities to touch, feel, and play string, wind, brass, and percussion instruments
Instrument Loan Program Outcomes
Participants learn to identify the family to which a given instrument belongs
Children learn the proper way to hold and play a musical instrument
Young children delight in having a musical instrument respond to their attempts to play it
Adults who have not played an instrument since high school discover that the ability to make beautiful sound from the instrument is still present
Both children and adults often seek further instruction or lessons
Adults often begin practicing their instruments again and participate in local ensembles
The Musical instrument Loan Program provides Musical Instruments to at-risk and disadvantaged youth wishing to explore their hidden musical talents, as well as the Adopt A School program conducted in support of schools starting a Music Program.
1) Charity Music wishes to be the premier service organization which provides musical instruments at no charge, to other nonprofit organizations serving at-risk and disadvantaged youth.
2) Provide Musical Instruments at a reduced rental charge to those in need.
3) Assist Schools in starting a music program through the Charity Music Adopt A School program