By Students, For Students
Project Prelude is a student-run nonprofit organization that aims to expand the accessibility of music education by connecting high school musicians with students from economically disadvantaged schools through free music lessons. Currently, we run after-school group lesson programs at three different schools in the Portland area, teaching flute and violin to more than 140 fourth and fifth students. Our classes are completely free, and we provide instruments and supplies for our students. We also run a private lesson program, in which our students have the opportunity to take free private lessons from experienced musicians.
We aim to make music more accessible for all students, increase awareness about the importance of music education, and support music programs at schools. We do this by teaching free group and private lessons to elementary school students in the Portland area.
We plan to scale the program to other schools in the Beaverton School District with similar demographics and to run outreach events around the area. Our goal is to involve more musicians that are around our age--from our youth orchestras and communities--to join our organization and volunteer to teach or even lead programs at schools in their area.
For the 2017-18 school year, we have expanded our group lesson program to McKinley Elementary School and Raleigh Hills K-8 School. We have also developed our private lesson program to involve more teachers and students.