Goshen Music Center Program Receives Statewide Recognition

Work with Youth Earns Acorn Scholarships 2008 Indiana Youth Investment Award

On Monday, November 17, 4 p.m. The Indiana Youth Institute (IYI) presented a 2008 Indiana Youth Investment Award along with a $5,000 check to the Goshen College Music Center’s Community School of the Arts Acorn Scholarships program. The Acorn Scholarships allow students who cannot afford music lessons at the school’s regular price to take lessons for as little as one dollar per lesson and perform in recitals on the Music Center’s stage, as well as other community venues.

The Goshen College Music Center’s Acorn Scholarship program has provided more than 400 awards totaling $75,000 in scholarships to 170 children from 113 area families since its sliding-scale system was implemented in 2003.

In addition to lessons on many instruments, the students can participate in a string orchestra or a choir, and the Music Center also offers piano lessons to students with special needs. All the while, many of the kids are being exposed to a college campus for the first time.

The Acorn Scholarship program is an offshoot of Goshen College’s Community School of the Arts (CSA), which reaches into the community by providing music lessons to local elementary, middle and high school students.