by VCMS Staff
At Visible Community Music School, we’ve just finished our first semester working with kids in the Berclair/Graham neighborhoods through a partnership with Su Casa Family Ministries. With the help of Su Casa staff, Tim Jewett and Ceci Fortier, we were able to give piano and guitar lessons to 15 eager and excited students between the ages of 7 and 13. They ended the semester May 9 with a performance in front of friends and family followed by a reception. VCMS teachers Carlos De La Fuente and Mark Allen had a wonderful time connecting with the kids each week, many of whom had never had access to music education. We plan to continue the program next semester and hope it can grow and reach more children. The intent of the program is to help revitalize the community and create positive social change through music education and engagement. We wanted to bring music instruction into this community, remove barriers and ensure the city’s cultural products remain true to its community. Su Casa has been phenomenal in helping with recruiting kids, providing spaces and support.
“I grew up in this community so to return and teach what I love to do is very important to me. The need is there and I am just excited to play a part in it” – Carlos De La Fuente, VCMS Instructor
“Serving and providing the actual needs of this community and teaching music lessons that could potentially be used within our ministry services was a major need for our children. Music is a language everyone understands.” – Tim Jewett, Su Casa Ministries Director
Visible Community Music School believes that everyone should have access to the joy of music making. The mission of VCMS is to provide accessible and affordable music instruction. An auxiliary program of Visible Music College, VCMS offers private lessons, community classes and after-school programs aimed at eliminating financial and locational barriers while providing excellent instruction.