Linn-Mar Foundation

Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation | April 7th, 2016


Music is everywhere and band is a fun way to learn more about it. I hope to play trumpet in high school, and it’s important to learn the basics now.

– Makayla Clark
7th grader at
Linn-Mar’s Excelsior Middle School

A Program Fund grant supported Linn-Mar Foundation’s Music Connects program. This effort provides financial support for low-income students who wish to pursue band or orchestra.

Linn-Mar Associate Orchestra Director, Kelly Vieth, notes that the Music Connects program has increased student interest in orchestra or band in elementary and middle school, because parents feel that it’s affordable. She notes that it has a big impact on students because, “they feel like they’re equal to their peers and that there’s no distinction based on socioeconomic status. They feel like they belong.”

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