LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — A Lexington non-profit is doing their part to make sure no child is kept from the opportunity of making music, regardless of their economic background.
Since 2004, Central Music Academy has been providing free musical learning opportunities for financially disadvantaged kids.
"It's amazing... I mean we've had just unbelievable kids go through the program here," said the program's director, Erin Walker Bliss.
Walker Bliss has been with CMA since 2005, and she watches in amazement time and time again at how much the students grow and not just musically.
"They're challenged. They're challenged to improve their discipline, they're challenged to practice and that translates directly to other areas of their life," Bliss explained.
Right now their team of highly skilled, professional instructors sees about 100 students a week... any instrument, any skill level.
"Having a one on one teacher speaking to you telling you what you need to do what you're good at what you need to focus on its very helpful," explained 17-year-old vocal student Dylan Benton.
Their wait list is long, but it is CMA's hope they can spread the power of music to as many kids as possible. Their goal is to build the children's confidence and ultimately improve their lives.
"It helps them know that they're valued as kids, they are valued, they are working with professionals who respect them and who want to help make them be better," Bliss explained.
To be accepted into the Central Music Academy children must qualify for free or reduced lunches and be between the ages of 8 and 18.
For more information including details about their upcoming Rock The House fundraiser on November 1st visit: https://www.centralmusicacademy.org/