SUPPORT OUR MINISTRY

At this time, all of our scholarship funds come from private donations. Without these funds to sustain our commitment to offering free private lessons, none of our kids would have access to this quality one-on-one music education. Your donation to the Wesley Academy of Music is an investment for the future; it helps us reach more and more financially disadvantaged children every year.

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Frankfort Independent Schools

COMMUNITY CRISIS

The Wesley Academy of Music (WAM) is a non-profit organization that exists to provide free musical training to financially disadvantaged children in Frankfort, Kentucky. The majority of students in both public school systems in Frankfort qualify for free/reduced lunch.* Unfortunately, a child’s socioeconomic status is often the deciding factor in the opportunities available to him/her. These striking percentages represent more than just numbers – they represent a need for this ministry in our community.

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Franklin County Schools

COMMUNITY CRISIS

The Wesley Academy of Music (WAM) is a non-profit organization that exists to provide free musical training to financially disadvantaged children in Frankfort, Kentucky. The majority of students in both public school systems in Frankfort qualify for free/reduced lunch.* Unfortunately, a child’s socioeconomic status is often the deciding factor in the opportunities available to him/her. These striking percentages represent more than just numbers – they represent a need for this ministry in our community.

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Frankfort Independent Schools

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Franklin County Schools

The benefits of a quality music education for a child reach beyond the stage

Children who studied music showed different brain development and improved memory over the course of a year, compared to children who did not study music.†

Improved Memory

 

Increased Test Scores

 

Children who played an instrument scored higher on reading and spelling tests compared to their peers who did not play an instrument.

Improved Memory

 
Children who studied music showed different brain development and improved memory over the course of a year, compared to children who did not study music.

Increased Test Scores

 

Children who played an instrument scored higher on reading and spelling tests compared to their peers who did not play an instrument.‡

 parents see a noticeable difference as well

These represent the percentages of parents, with children involved in music classes, who credit music education for making their children:#
  • Happier 67% 67%
  • More Focused 64% 64%
  • More Self-Disciplined 64% 64%
  • Stronger Academically 58% 58%
  • More Helpful 54% 54%
 

As you can see, these donations do more than allow WAM to continue operating; they allow us to continue changing the lives of kids and making a lasting impact on our community!

Thanks to the support of our generous donors, WAM was able to begin operating in 2017. Here’s a look at our first year, by the numbers:

Instruments Offered

Students Taught

Lessons Provided

1 Lesson

$15

1 Month

$60

1 Semester

$195

1 Year

$390

DONATE NOW

We are working on providing a secured portal for online donations where donors can make a one-time contribution to WAM or set up recurring payments. However, at this time we are only able to accept cash/check donations at First United Methodist Church (FUMC). Make checks payable to FUMC with “WAM” in the memo line.
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Sources
*School Report Card. (2018, May 16). Retrieved August 6, 2018, from http://applications.education.ky.gov/SRC/ †Fujioka, T., Ross, B., Kakigi, R., Pantev, C., & Trainor, L. J. (2006). One year of musical training affects development of auditory cortical-evoked fields in young children. Brain, 129(10), 2593-2608. doi:10.1093/brain/awl247 ‡Hille, K., Gust, K., Bitz, U., & Kammer, T. (2011). Associations between music education, intelligence, and spelling ability in elementary school. Advances in Cognitive Psychology, 7(1), 1-6. doi:10.2478/v10053-008-0082-4 #NAMM Foundation and Grunwald Associates LLC, 2015. Striking a Chord: The Public’s Hopes and Beliefs for K–12 Music Education in the United States: 2015