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General

Is Music Will a registered nonprofit organization?2022-09-06T00:31:31-04:00

Yes, Music Will is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our tax ID is 94-3396568.

Is Music Will hiring?2022-09-06T00:32:10-04:00

Please check our jobs page to explore our current job opportunities.

Donations & Fundraising

How does Music Will raise money?2022-09-06T00:32:51-04:00

Each year, Music Will actively raises funds from individuals, companies, and private foundations to support our mission. We would be happy to speak with you and discuss ways in which we can join forces to transform lives by transforming music education. Please send an email to info@musicwill.org and we’ll connect with you.

How do I make a donation to Music Will?2022-09-06T00:34:08-04:00

Please visit our donate page to make a donation. Thank you!

Can I make a donation in memory or in honor of someone?2022-09-06T00:34:49-04:00

Yes. Making a donation in memory or honor of someone is a great way to celebrate a life in a meaningful way. Please visit our donate page to make a donation.

Can I select Music Will as a beneficiary of my retirement plan, IRA, life insurance policy, appreciated stock, bank account or other financial vehicles?2022-09-06T00:35:12-04:00

Naming Music Will as beneficiary of your retirement plan, IRA, life insurance policy, appreciated stock, bank account or other financial vehicles is a generous way to make a legacy gift “outside” a will. Like a bequest, these gifts help ensure the future of instrumental music education for children attending public schools in America. Please email info@musicwill.org and our bandmate will contact you.

How do I find out if my company matches my gifts to Music Will?2022-09-06T00:36:10-04:00

Use this tool to see if your company matches charitable donations. You can also reach out to your HR department to see if our organization is registered as an approved charity for your company. If not, you can register us into your system. We’d greatly appreciate it!

I am interested in volunteer opportunities. How do I get involved?2022-09-06T00:36:39-04:00

We often recruit volunteers to support our fundraising events. Please email info@musicwill.org and one of our bandmates will respond.

I have used instruments I’d like to donate. Who do I contact?2022-09-06T00:37:00-04:00

We currently do not accept donated instruments as we have found it to be more cost-effective and beneficial to purchase new instruments for students. We recommend that you contact your local school district as they might be better equipped to accept your generous donation.

Sponsorships, Partnerships & Artist Engagement

How can my company partner with Music Will?2022-09-06T00:37:59-04:00

We love building brand partnerships and enjoy the creative brainstorming that comes with crafting an activation that is mutually beneficial. Please visit our brand partnerships page to see some examples of what we’ve done with others.

My company is interested in employee engagement activities. Can we discuss opportunities?2022-09-06T00:38:24-04:00

Yes! We are happy to discuss ways in which your employees can become engaged in our mission. From classroom makeovers to instrument deliveries to music making sessions, our team is ready to take your call. Please email info@musicwill.org to schedule a call.

We are interested in naming Music Will as the beneficiary of a 3rd Party Event. Who should we contact?2022-09-06T00:38:46-04:00

We would love to learn more about your event and what it will take to become the beneficiary. Please email the event details to info@musicwill.org and you will hear back from a bandmate.

What are the ways an artist can support Music Will?2022-09-06T00:39:03-04:00

We love collaborating with artists and have a variety of ways they can support our mission. Classroom visits, event performances, instrument deliveries to schools, PSA’s, meet and greets with students, auction donations and more! Please email info@musicwill.org and you’ll hear back from one of our bandmates.

New Teachers

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What does Music Will do?2022-09-06T00:53:06-04:00

Music Will provides instruction, instruments and professional development to K-12 and collegiate educators. Our work transforms lives by restoring, expanding, and innovating music programs in schools across the country. Together, our educators have brought the transformational gift of music education to more than 1,000,000 students.

Our inclusive, student-centered approach helps increase children’s access to music education. We are pioneers in the field of modern band music programming and work with teachers, administrators, school districts, and colleges to build large-scale music programs that are as diverse as the students they serve.

How do I apply to become a Music Will teacher?2022-09-06T00:53:56-04:00

Please check out our professional development calendar to see upcoming professional development opportunities.

How do I bring Music Will to my city?2022-09-07T11:30:32-04:00

Even if your school does not participate in the program, free modern band music lessons are available to you. Interested in learning more? We invite you to apply for an upcoming Music Will professional development! You can also get a modern band program started in your area by speaking to your school or district administrator and encouraging them to connect with us by emailing program@musicwill.org.

I have submitted my application to become a Music Will teacher. Now what?2022-09-06T00:54:47-04:00

Thanks for your application! We will review your application carefully and contact you via email. If there is no course currently scheduled for you to join, your name will be added to a waitlist and we will contact you as soon as we schedule another course.

Can my child participate?2022-09-07T11:30:17-04:00

Free Music Will online music lessons are available to your child even if your school does not participate in the program.

What grades does Music Will serve?2022-09-06T00:55:28-04:00

Music Will serves students from Kindergarten through high school.

What is the Music Will methodology?2022-09-06T00:55:53-04:00

Music Will has pioneered a method of musical instruction that captures students’ attention and imagination right away. By emphasizing performance and composition over reading notes, students develop a musical voice and acquire musical skills at an accelerated pace. Like language, music is primarily a vehicle for human communication. We feel that these similarities have implications for the way that music should be taught to children. Much like the Suzuki Method, our approach is deliberately non-notational. However, instead of focusing on a classical repertoire, we begin with the popular musical styles and instruments with which students are already familiar.

What do Music Will students learn?2022-09-07T11:29:57-04:00

Music Will students learn to play styles of music that are familiar to them, such as rock, pop, rap, and R&B. Heavy emphasis is placed on performance, composition, and improvisation. Check out our free Music Will music lessons.

Why popular music?2022-09-06T00:56:30-04:00

All music is made up of the exact same building blocks. The music of Beethoven, the Beatles, and Beyoncé all use the same basic notes and chords. Viewed through this lens, musical genre becomes a secondary consideration in education. A student who feels comfortable playing rock, pop, or R&B music will be well-equipped to begin studying other musical forms as their musicianship develops.

Media Relations

We would like to visit a Music Will classroom for a story. What steps must be taken?2022-09-06T00:50:42-04:00

We would be happy to host you on a visit to a Music Will classroom. Please email the details to marketing@musicwill.org and get in touch with you quickly. For urgent requests, please call 973-746-88248.

I want to write a story on Music Will. Where can I get more detailed information or schedule an interview?2022-09-06T00:50:38-04:00

For more information, please visit our Media Resources page. To schedule an interview with Music Will Founder & CEO, Dave Wish, or a member of our staff, please email marketing@musicwill.org.

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