Music for Change (M4C) is a Cincinnati-based 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization focused on providing guitar instruction workshops, songwriting programs, and online guitar lessons to underserved and underfunded schools and communities nationwide including the Guitars 4 Vets (G4V) program.
You can make a difference!
Music for Change (M4C) is a Cincinnati-based 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization focused on providing guitar instruction workshops, songwriting programs, and online guitar lessons to underserved and underfunded schools and communities nationwide. M4C also provides music programs nationwide to as many U.S. service veterans as possible, many of them suffering from physical, mental, or emotional disabilities including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Through M4C, Richey is also a Department of Veterans Affairs volunteer and provides her services to the Cincinnati chapter of the national nonprofit program Guitars 4 Vets, holding free guitar workshops with U.S. armed services veterans and giving them continued access to her online guitar instruction resources.
Kelly seeks to inspire students via speaking, teaching, fielding questions, performing – and actively engaging with students. Kelly is adamant that school programs like M4C are beneficial for at-risk youth on many levels. Using musical programs as a tool for personal insight and academic learning can provide children with a venue to develop mentally, physically, and personally. Music training aids muscular development by improving a child’s small motor skills, hand-eye coordination and overall physical coordination— and most importantly, it also builds self-esteem, particularly for shy, bullied, or introverted students.
- – Music training aids muscular development by improving a child’s small
motorskills, hand-eye coordination and overall physical coordination.
- – Listening to music helps to increase a child’s attention span,
concentration, and long and short term memory.
- – Studying music enhances school success by sharpening communication,
critical thinking, and problem solving skills that transfer to academic areas.
- – When children use imagination and self-expression to create
music, they becom aware of their own creative potential.
- – Children build self-confidence, self-discipline, and team responsibility when the success of
joint performance dependupon the quality of each participant’s individual performance.
Through funding received from people like you— people who care that the Arts and Music stay alive in our school system, Kelly Richey can continue to offer her services to at-risk children and teenagers. The focus of Music For Change is to encourage a student’s interest in a music career, build personal success in school, help a struggling child with team building and healthy integration into society, and foster intelligence and self-esteem. Students will also learn about the history of music in the United States, develop a love and appreciation of all kinds of music, and learn about the many facets of career opportunities available within the music industry.
You can make a difference!