MIssion Statement

Music Kids Foundation

Mission statement

 Our Mission at Music Kids Foundation is to raise donations to pay for music sessions for special needs children between the ages of 4 and 18. 

 

For every $1000 donated to Music Kids Foundation, 40 special needs children will receive a music session!! Please donate today! Wilson is very fortunate to have special needs music sessions available. It is this resource that gives Music Kids Foundation purpose! There are hundreds of special needs kids in our community that endure the confines of their condition. Music is a universal language filled with emotions to be shared by all, regardless of one's impairment. Even the hearing impaired can be taught to feel rhythm. So, at Music Kids Foundation, we take helping special needs children very seriously. Also, our goal is to use every dollar for the benefit of the kids. To witness a special needs child express joy through music is a privilege, and that is what Music Kids Foundation is all about! We raise money to pay for music sessions for special needs children, either in individual or group settings. 

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A Word From Bryan Berry

Mission statement 

Our Mission at Music Kids Foundation is to raise donations to pay for music sessions for special needs children between the ages of 4 and 18.  

  

* Note from Music Kids Foundation founder and president, Bryan Berry* 

          3 years ago I met a lady named Kathy Best. She was care taking a special needs child with Down Syndrome some during the day. I saw Kathy  at Pet Smart and we spoke and she began to tell me how she works with a lot of special needs children and how outings to Pet Smart to see the pets was about all there was to do in town with the children.  Kathy was also spending time helping special needs children at a learning center on Nash St. She went on to explain how so many of the kids are in their own world and how they do not communicate. There are kids with varying degrees of Autism, Down Syndrome, and various other  disorders that, honestly, I just have always taken for granted that the public sector funded programs for.  I had my son go and volunteer and download learning apps on Ipads for the learning center, and that was the extent of the action I took 3 years ago upon learning what I learned from having met Kathy. 

          Last Fall, however, was a different story.  I went to a studio downtown to take advanced guitar lessons, as I had heard that the instruction was good and I wanted to learn some new things to help my playing when I perform in public. What I learned when I got there made a profound impact on me.  The instructors of the studio mentioned that they taught special needs children music on a variety of different instruments and how their new facility was working out so well for that as well as their recording functions, etc. Immediately, I thought of that encounter with Kathy Best several years ago and how she had told me that the lives of many special needs children are lives of boredom and routine lacking enrichment.  Well, I took my lesson and later that night found myself unable to sleep and uncomfortable in that I felt like I was being called to act upon what I knew and what I had recently found out.  For two weeks it was the same thing.....up at night planning how I could make a difference,... would it be well received by the community, would the children and their parents benefit, would I alienate myself from friends and locals when they find out that I want to raise money to help special needs children?  So, after much thought and discussion with my wife, I decided to just go for it, and Music Kids Foundation began.  

          "Why did I start this"?   I think "this" started me, actually.  Knowing how therapeutic playing a musical instrument can be, and knowing how it has the power to enrich the lives of children, that already must feel like they can't do what others can do, I felt compelled to help these kids be introduced to it so that they could feel a sense of accomplishment when they learn a chord on the guitar, or learn how to play a melody on the piano etc. How wonderful it must feel to them to know they can do it!   

          So, that is some insight as to why I started it. Ironically, I wanted to enrich the lives of special needs children in our community, and the unexpected reward is how getting involved has impacted me personally. We have a great board, and I think this will have a positive impact on the kids as well as  Wilson, once we promote awareness! 

          For every $100 donated to Music Kids Foundation, 4 special needs children receive a music session!  To witness a special needs child express joy through music is a privilege, and that is what Music Kids Foundation is all about! We raise money to pay for music sessions for special needs children, either in individual or group settings. Each sessions is for 30 minutes at Music and More Studios of Wilson, NC.  Music and More specializes in assessing the child’s capability and offers a music experience for the individual with parental involvement, bringing song and instruments into their world.  So often, the parents are amazed to see their child express themselves through the joy of music in a way they have never seen before! Music touches the hearts and souls of these children, and Music Kids Foundation is merely a tool to help more special needs kids enjoy this experience. Please donate to Music Kids Foundation now.  You will make a profound difference in the lives of these wonderful children, bringing music into their lives, song into their hearts, and peace to their minds. Our community truly needs this group effort! Your donation will help the special needs child as well as our community.  Donating is easy! Just click on either of the links below. Please join us in helping special needs youth!       
    
Chairman/ Founder Bryan Berry 

Music is pure joy!

Music is pure joy!