Helping to Fill the Gaps

Legacy Music Alliance knows and respects the fact that an education and appreciation for music is an important part of a balanced education. With Utah’s funding for education constantly ranked among the lowest in the country, music education is constantly falling to the bottom of the priority list.

At Legacy Music Alliance, we want to help students have a “leg up” that music study provides. Studies have shown that studying music helps to build performance skills and improve grade point averages (in math and science). Music students learn discipline and social skills, and improve important soft skills employers desire in the STEM workforce: critical thinking, teamwork, problem-solving abilities, and creativity.  

Because we believe so strongly in the value of music education, LMA has a mission to fill the gaps in funding for music programs and better provide for the success of teachers and their students. LMA is a voice for music AND education. We strive to identify and promote practical solutions that face Utah’s schools, and we need YOUR help to make that happen.

Our Programs

For the past four years, Legacy Music Alliance has been committed to giving students in Utah music programs the opportunity to have an outstanding music education experience.  We continue to do this in two ways:

  1. Instruments to Schools (ITS) program
    Legacy Music Alliance raises funds to help school music programs repair worn-out instruments and to purchase new ones.  Students need proper equipment to perform at their best.  This program helps band, orchestra, choir and guitar programs in junior high and high schools throughout the state of Utah.
  2. Clinicians in the Classroom (CC) program
    Teachers inspire us to do and be our best. LMA inspires teachers to continually improve by placing the finest available paid MENTORS and CLINICIANS in the classroom to work with students on tone, technique, and performance skills during the clinic.

Success Stories

Making Eyes Shine

Jordan was a trumpet player at Ben Lomond his sophomore year and due to family troubles he had to leave mid-year. He returned half way through his senior year, but he no longer had access to a trumpet. The school’s trumpets were all checked out and he thought there wouldn’t be any hope for him.

I (Mr. Jensen – band director) wish you could have seen the look on his face when he saw the trumpet that would be his to use!  Jordan had assumed that I would have to borrow an old beat-up trumpet from a middle school or junior high.  When I opened it up (the brand- new trumpet) for him and he saw it shining, his eyes were shining just as brightly.

A Mother's Gratitude

Jordan told me when he came back (to Utah from Florida) that he wanted to get back into band but I knew that wouldn’t be possible for us financially.  I was so thrilled when you (Mr. Jensen) told him that you had a way of getting a trumpet.

He and I thought that it would be a used trumpet from another school or associate of yours.You should have seen how excited he (Jordan) was when he got his instrument.  The trumpet was still in its original wrapping.

Thank you for taking the effort to make sure that he could be successful in school. And please tell whoever your donor was, that we are so grateful to them as well.

Clinicians in the Classroom

Music teachers are required to teach a broad spectrum of instruments. In order to give the best experience to all students, great teachers seek outside specialists to help with the intricacies of teaching so many diverse skills. LMA provides these services to schools with Clinicians in the Classroom.

Clinicians in the Classroom is designed to connect classroom music educators with outside resources, including professional musicians and retired music teachers, to increase the performance of the school music program. Legacy Music Alliance members directly benefit from in-classroom clinician hours and private mentoring from a colleague.

We have an impressive roster of some of the very finest professional instrumentalists, conductors and singers that specialize in a variety of styles and instruments. Their varied talents and experiences are a valuable resource for music teachers and students of every skill level.

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Master clinician Keith Sorensen talks about proper drum stick grip with young percussionists. 

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Dr. Anton Armstrong of St. Olaf’s college works with Utah choral students as part of our Artist in Residence program.

Instruments to Students for Schools:

Music education is expensive. For young people to have a great experience making music, school music programs must have a proper inventory of instruments. A tuba costs upwards of $4,000.00. A string bass can be just as much. If schools purchase cheap instruments of low quality, the cost of maintenance and repair is often overwhelming. 

Many music teachers function as a repair technician as well as a teacher. They do everything possible to keep their instruments in working condition and provide a great experience for their students. Legacy Music Alliance provides resources where they are needed. Repair budgets can be as little as $500.00 per school, for 50 instruments! That doesn’t even pay to get them cleaned each year.

Legacy Music Alliance believes that students deserve to learn to play on quality instruments. Learning to ride a bike with a flat tire, or a skateboard with three wheels doesn’t encourage kids to keep learning how to ride. Broken or non-functional instruments will similarly squelch a child’s desire to play. Legacy Music Alliance wants to help keep young people in music programs and ensure their success.

Instruments to Students is a program designed to assist schools and their music programs (band, orchestra, choir, or guitar) in refurbishing, maintaining and/or obtaining school-owned instruments in continuing to support music programs in junior high and high schools throughout the state of Utah.

With your help, we can keep music alive in Utah schools. Adopt a school music program today, and help students achieve more than they thought possible.

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This violin case has been in service in the Washington County School District for too long. After 20 years or more, cases and instruments alike need repair or replacement. 

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Bows for string instruments should be re-haired at least once per year. This huge pile is waiting for the necessary funds (about $50.00 each) to be put into regular use again.

Help students achieve more than they thought possible.