Swan Strings is a 501c3 non-profit music program with a mission to provide free music education and sound therapy services to North Texas individuals without access. Swan Strings received its 501c3 status in 2019 and has partnered with Junior Players for classes at South Dallas Cultural Center and Top Ten Records in Oak Cliff. These partnerships have provided approximately 54 hours of free music education to 31 new students. Swan Strings music program is formally known as Guitar Lessons by Jess.
Guitar Lessons by Jess is a program that has provided 124 hours of free music education. The program began during the summer in 2017 and provided 56 hours of free music education on the weekend during June and July of 2017 to children 7-18 years of age in South Dallas and its surrounding communities. These children would not otherwise have access to music instruction. The program was able to sign up 25 new students to the summer workshops.
In 2018, during the spring semester, the program was able to provide an additional 48 hours of free music education. The workshops were for two hours on Saturday and Sunday during the months of February, March and April 2018. The program completed the spring workshops with signing up 27 new students. The program was able to successfully complete both summer 2017 and spring 2018 workshops with the help of partnering with the City of Dallas’ Office of Cultural Affairs and raising funds.
Currently we have raised enough funding to continue fee guitar classes through December 2019 at Top Ten Records. Recently, we have partnered with South Dallas Cultural Center to fund free guitar classes for Fall/Winter 2019 that started again on October 24, 2019. Swan Strings currently has a total of 28 students at Top Ten Records and South Dallas Cultural Center.
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