Working with diverse students in schools all over Austin, we see music changing the lives of young people every day. Seeing young lives change for the better is our greatest reward, and it is so affirming when administrators, teachers, and parents see these transformations too—and tell us about it!
Speaking of which, this week we received the following letter from the Principal of Widén Elementary, one of seven new elementary guitar programs started in fall 2013:
Dear Mr. Hinsley: I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your tremendous gift of time and resources to Widén Elementary School. I know the teaching you presented to my students did not go unappreciated.
My student body has few opportunities to participate in music lessons, which would have them learning how to play an instrument. This is often caused by the lack of discretionary family fund, as we are a Title I campus with a student body of 96% free and reduced lunches. As an educator, I understand the importance music has on academic success. I am always encouraging my staff to seek ways to increase my students’ exposure to music.
Your support of lessons, repairs, resources and securing instruments has been invaluable. As the principal of Carl T. Widén, I wholeheartedly appreciate all your support of Victoria and Widén’s music program.
Kimberly Royal, Principal
It is an honor to work with the students at Widén Elementary, and hearing that our work is an invaluable part of the students’ education there motivates us to continue expanding our program into more schools, to continue providing classical guitar education of the highest quality to more and more students. This wonderful letter has reminded us that our work is a vital part of the educational landscape in Austin.
Thank you so much Widén Elementary for welcoming Austin Classical Guitar Education into your classrooms. Keep on playing!