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Our Impact

MusicWorks is an El Sistema-inspired artistic and social program in Asheville that uses music education as a tool to teach life skills. In addition to musical instruction, the program provides free after-school care including healthy snacks, free play, and academic enrichment.

Beginning with 40 students at Hall Fletcher Elementary in the 2014-15 school year, MusicWorks! has grown to serve more than 70 students. MusicWorks hopes to expand its reach to include students from other schools in West Asheville.

MusicWorks is supported by the Asheville Symphony and The Leever Foundation.

 

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Making a Difference

“MusicWorks has had such a positive impact on my family. Sierra has just begun her 4th year in the program and is excelling both with her musical abilities and also with her schoolwork, which I do not find to be a coincidence.”

Brea Mother of Sierra and Oliver

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CHILDREN SERVED

Since MusicWorks began in 2014, more than 225 students have participated: Learning life skills, inspiring creativity, developing personal responsibility, building self esteem and promoting teamwork.

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STUDENTS READING AT OR ABOVE GRADE LEVEL

Students participating in MW consistently score higher than their peers in reading. Students with academic success go on to bright futures and build strong communities

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PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS

MusicWorks now serves three Asheville City Schools:

Hall Fletcher Elementary, Asheville Primary School and Vance Elementary School.

A bonus of the program is the sense of community that is felt. We have become like a family at pickup, and often it is nearly impossible to get the kids to leave, even though they have spent the previous 3 hours together.
— Brea Mother of Sierra and Oliver