It doesn’t cost much to do much. Elisa Snyder and Mari Madeira, the founders of Muse, raised $6000 so they could offer a variety of free music classes to elementary school students in Boulder. Snyder and Madeira are determined to share their love of music with students whose parents aren’t able to pay for lessons.
“Every child deserves to study music,” Snyder said.
The program is based on a free music class initiative started in Venezuela called El Sistema. Snyder said the goal is to provide music education to students whose families otherwise couldn’t afford pricey lessons and instruments.
At Columbine, 34 second- to fifth-graders participate in the classes, held for two hours twice a week. Classes include recess and snacks.
The non-profit organization expanded to University Hill Elementary two years ago, serving 30 third- to fifth-graders, and is hoping to start classes at Casey Middle School in the fall.
Most of the funding comes from local foundations, including the Boulder Arts Commission, the Boulder County Arts Alliance and the Boulder Community Foundation.
This story should be a source of encouragement for those of us who want to make a difference on a small budget. Do what you can with what you have. You won’t regret it.