In an elementary music setting, the instructor teaches instrument basics to as many as six or more children at a time. Students in the group move through the lesson book at different paces depending on aptitude, motivation and practice habits. When a student shows exceptional promise, they will be offered to work one-on-one with a Play It Forward volunteer. We volunteers love sharing the joy of making music with students and students are always excited to receive the personal attention of a mentor.
New Horizon Band members volunteer to mentor individual students who show promise and interest in preparing an audition for School of the Arts application. A "grandparent/grandchild" relationship often develops and with the student looking forward to the weekly visit and sometimes sharing their personal stories. Our volunteers find sharing the joy of making music to be a very satisfying and rewarding experience.