During the formative years of all young musicians’ careers, it is vital for them to work with and learn from private lesson instructors. The rapport each will develop with an instructor will become one of the most important professional relationships of his or her life.
That’s why a new QCSO program has been developed, in collaboration with Quad City schools, that provides opportunities for students to be instructed by the Symphony’s musicians. Through this program, the students will gain valuable instruction through bi-weekly lessons. The students taking part in this program are serious about developing careers in music. In fact, each one is self-funding half of the cost to receive this valuable program.
According to Marc Zyla, QCSO Director of Education and Community Engagement, the Private Lesson Program started in the 2015-2016 season and included Pleasant Valley High School, Bettendorf High School, Rivermont Collegiate, and the Davenport Community Schools’ Creative Arts Academy of the Quad Cities. “In the 2016-17 season, we added all Davenport Schools,” Marc said, “and in 2017-2018, we will add Moline Schools. During the 2017-2018 season, our goal is to enroll 150 students.”
Marc added that each student receives 15 lessons throughout the course of the school year, held at a school within their home district. They will be taught by QCSO musicians and lessons will be offered for violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, bassoon, horn, and trumpet.
Would you like to show your support? The total cost for one student is $525, so your donation of $262 would match the student’s half and support his or her lessons. Any amount you might like to donate would be greatly appreciated. To donate, visit https://qcso.org/educational-programs/private-lessons/ and click on the ‘You can donate any amount here.’ link. On the next page, select ‘Private Lesson Underwriting Fund’. Your contribution is tax-deductible – and greatly appreciated.
Support for this program is provided by the John Deere Foundation, the Hubbell-Waterman Foundation, and many individual donors.