A music education program
for minority and low-income area youth
offer quality music instruction to low-income
and minority youth.
the number of young people who participate in
music throughout and beyond high school.
high-school drop-out rates.
chances of participants to enter into
collegiate music programs through mentorship.
provide participants with opportunities to
serve the community through public
teach discipline through music education. By
building the discipline it takes to learn a
musical instrument, we believe that
participants will likely become better
students. Local media outlets report that all
too often there are young people who are
headed down a road of self and community
destruction. It is the hope that the COLLEGE
BOUND MUSICIANS (CBM) program will help to
re-center the individual towards a more
productive future. If we help just one
individual, that one is worth it.
after the successful “Signature
program founded by Dr. Richard Ford,
Professor at Syracuse University
Dr. Mary Webster is the founder of the
College Bound Musicians locally. Reverend
Webster has been an advocate for youth
throughout her career
will be pre-screened and must agree to the
guidelines set forth by the Advisory
will attend formal, after-school music
instruction classes weekly with the
instrument of their choice
and guardians must agree to support the
child fully and allow for and encourage
rehearsal time while at home
of well-maintained instruments
donated by the community.
Apple Music and K-Music have
agreed to function as collection
sites and do any necessary repairs
to the donated instruments.
instrument lessons and/or vocal
lessons (as needed) for minority
and low-income students, grades
7-12 at no cost to the student
or their family.
for students to offer community
service through public performance
at a variety of venues.
(Churches, MVCC, Utica
Monday Night, MWPAI, and Players
career options for participating
youth - recognized through college
visits, planning support, and
or guardian by-in and involvement
by attending performances,
assuring students meet rehearsal
schedules, and participating in
college planning workshops.
Funding for the program is
expected to come from a
variety of sources:
events organized by the CBM
Advisory Board and volunteers
donations in the form of
monetary or gently used
and individual sponsorship of
events and performances hosted
and public grants
CBM is making every effort to keep costs to a
understand that there be will some program costs
incurred. Funds and items received will be used in
a variety of ways:
of musical instruments, as needed, should a
particular desired instrument not be available
from donations received.
paid to music instructors
and snacks made available during after-school
funding will be sought for the direct benefit of
the participants (items above) and also for
completion/improvements to the Players of Utica
Theatre (the home to the College Bound Musicians
Program instruction and instruments are provided
NO COST to participating youth or their families!
How can you help?
CBM with a monetary donation
CBM with the donation of a gently used
a young person to participate in the program
to be a part of the plan – get involved!
support College Bound Musicians
Monetary donations to:
PO Box 29
New Hartford, NY 13413
(Make checks payable to Players of Utica –
in the memo write “CBM”)
Reverend Mary Webster
Instrument donation drop-off sites:
Big Apple Music Plaza
New Hartford, NY 13413
Utica, NY 13501