During February and March, The Music School of Delaware celebrates an extended ‘I Love Music Month.’ This tribute-centered annual campaign encourages Music School students, families and friends to show their love of music, a favorite teacher, an aspiring student, a composer or instrument by donating in support of student scholarships.
Any new or increased scholarship gifts made by March 31 will be matched by the Music School’s lead matching donors, The Sallie Mae Fund, New Castle County Council, The Brandywiners, Ltd., Dogfish Head Brewery and Raymour & Flanigan. Gifts can be made online at musicschoolofdelaware.org, by mail, or in person at the school’s Milford Branch, located at 10 South Walnut Street in downtown Milford.
“Over 20% of our student body at The Music School of Delaware receives financial aid and/or scholarship support,” notes Milford Branch Director Kate Inie-Richards. This assistance is critical to providing music experiences for families in need who would otherwise not be able to take lessons, and everyone is eligible to apply, she says. “It’s a wonderful benefit – I’m proud we can offer it so that anyone can become a Music School student.”
The Music School of Delaware is a statewide community resource that employs nearly 90 expert educators and provides standard-setting instructional programs in more than 30 instruments and voice. Its Milford Branch is a warm and welcoming place, combining musical fun and education for students of all ages and levels.
“Music is an essential part all our lives,” offers Inie-Richards. “It conveys beauty, connects people, creates memories, and transcends backgrounds and cultures to create a stronger community. Music is a universal language.”
Instructors at the Music School work with families and children as young as 18 months in Music and Movement classes, reflecting the importance of music in children’s development. Suzuki Academy classes, private lessons and group classes are offered for school-age children and teens. “Children can learn important life skills through music,” Inie-Richards said. “Discipline, focus, respect, confidence and trust are skills learned through music education that can positively impact not only a child’s academic success but all aspects of life.”
As music education is not simply for children, The Music School of Delaware also offers classes and programs for the young at heart, whether a private or group lesson, adults from all skill levels can enhance their musical abilities, return to a long-lost passion or even start their first musical experience. “Music is just as important for adults as it is for children!” assures Inie-Richards. “Music education for adults can be a lovely way to relieve stress, and it’s beneficial to mental clarity, fine motor skills and agility.”
Whether private or group lessons, live performances, early childhood classes or adult ensembles, the Music School has become a landmark facility dedicated to music appreciation in Milford. The only statewide, nationally-accredited community music school in the nation, The Music School of Delaware serves residents of Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland. The Milford Branch is located on 10 S. Walnut Street and is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm or later for lessons. Families and individuals interested in learning more about the organization can visit www.musicschoolofdelaware.org or call 302-422-2043.