Need Based ScholarshipsCrescendo Kids Music Fund

B.R.I.D.G.E. People and Lewis Music Studio have partnered to create the Crescendo Kids Music Fund. The fund provides need-based scholarships to families who fall beneath 200% of the federal poverty limit. Families given this opportunity are expected to volunteer at the Music Studio for a minimum of 5 hours per month, and students are expected to meet practice standards for their age.

The Intrinsic Value of Arts

The Mission of this program is to assist others to obtain arts and humanities educational opportunities through classes offered at Lewis Music Studio. The road to an independent and productive life is filled with many different educational opportunities, including music. The positive effects of music education are well documented to improve a child’s performance in many areas including – academics, social skills, and emotional regulation. Young children who take music lessons show different brain development and improved memory over the course of a year compared to children who do not receive musical training.
• A 10-year study involving 25,000 students shows that music-making improves test scores in standardized tests, as well as in reading proficiency exams (Source: James Catterall, UCLA, 1997).
• High school music students score higher on the math and verbal portion of SAT, compared to their peers (Profile of SAT and Achievement Test Takers, The College Board, compiled by Music Educators Conference, 2001).
• The IQs of young students who had nine months of weekly training in piano or voice rose nearly three points more than their untrained peers (Study by E. Glenn Schellenberg, of the University of Toronto at Mississauga, 2004.)
• Piano students can understand mathematical and scientific concepts more readily. Children who received piano training performed 34 percent higher on tests measuring proportional reasoning – ratios, fractions, proportions, and thinking in space and time (Neurological Research, 1997).
The cost of providing 9 months of high quality private lessons, 5 summer lessons, an instrument (keyboard), a set of books, and two recitals for a student in need is $1550.
  • Your tax deductible donation of $130 per month provides everything for a student needs for the whole year.
  • Your tax deductible donation of $80 per month provides lessons for a student for the whole year.
  • Your tax deductible donation of $40 per month provides everything for the student needs for half of the year.
  • Your one-time tax deductible donation of $269 provides a Williams keyboard for a student.
  • Your one-time tax deductible donation of $30 provides a set of books for a student.
Donations for this very important program can be made to “B.R.I.D.G.E. People – CKMF” (Crescendo Kids Music Fund). These donations go directly towards funding music classes at Lewis Music Studio for children whose parents fall below 200% of the Federal Poverty Income Line based on that current year’s guidelines.
In a country as wealthy as ours NO CHILD should be denied an educational opportunity, especially one that is scientifically proven to be so important to a child’s overall growth and success.
Thank you for your generosity!
Crescendo Kids Music Fund



To qualify for a CKMF Scholarship, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a household income less than 200% of the federal poverty limit.
  • Adult members of the household must be working or have a documented disability.
  • A parent, guardian, or student over 16 years of age must commit to 5 hours of volunteering per month.
  • Students must document at least 20 days of practice in the month on our CKMF Practice log or by completing our studio practice challenge.
  • Commit to 30 minute weekly lessons.