To learn more about Rachel and to support her project, check out the "Evening with the Beatles" page here.
Can't make the event but still want to support the effort? You can
donate in a specific "An Evening with The Beatles" account located here.
Classroom Volunteer Opportunity!
If you're inspired by the MusicalMinds mission, you now have the opportunity to make a real difference by volunteering in the classroom on Mondays, Tuesdays and/or Thursdays from 3:00 to 5:00 PM. You'll come away with memories and a sense of accomplishment to last a lifetime. You'll be helping the children gain self-confidence, self-esteem and pride as they learn to play and perform music. If you'd like more information, contact the MusicalMinds Volunteer Coordinator Tim Huber. You'll be glad you did!
Meet Ms. Habermann, our new teacher!
A native of west Texas, Ms. Anneliese Habermann graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1998 with a degree in German Language and Literature. After serving as an accomplished Translator and Executive Assistant for major corporations, both nationally and overseas, she has decided to pursue her passion as a teacher with MusicalMinds. At the young age of 7, Ms. Habermann learned how to play the piano under the direction of Mr. Ronald C. Bennett, a published composer of piano and choral music. This provided Ms. Habermann with a solid background in music theory that she was able to apply to all music genres. As a 5th grader, Ms. Habermann began taking private violin lessons, where her love for music and playing the violin flourished. She was soon competing and playing in All-City, All-Region and All-State Competitions throughout Texas. As a young girl she would travel to Germany each summer to visit her family. During these visits, she had the honor and privilege to study with Professor Joseph Ackermann at the internationally renowned Dr. Hoch’s Conservatory in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. A wife and mother of three boys, she devotes her time to teaching preschool during school hours, is an active member of her local church and enjoys spending time with her family. Being a strong advocate of enriching and positively influencing children’s lives through music, she is committed to delivering effective teaching strategies while creating a nurturing learning environment to help at-risk children not only reach their potential, but also experience spiritual richness through music with enthusiasm!
Monday, November 4th is "Back to MusicalMinds Day" The violins are being tuned for the return of our after-school program at Blythe Elementary in Huntersville. We are sending out letters to last year's students and getting ready to add a new batch of elementary students to the MusicalMinds family.
Lots happened over the summer... we held a day camp at Blythe with Mr. Frank Albert of Davidson Violins and Mr. Eduardo Cedeno of the Lake Norman Orchestra teaching the children. In August, those children also performed for the Huntersville Town Commissioners at their monthly meeting and had their picture taken with Mayor Jill Swain.
Also this summer we received funding from three wonderful organizations... Wal-Mart, Target, and Kiwanis International! We were actually presented the Wal-Mart check at their Grand Opening in Huntersville. More is needed, so if you have ideas or would like to help in securing funding for MusicalMinds, we would love to hear from you!
Sandals, Bags & Bubbly!
Thanks to everyone who came out on Thursday, April 25 to Charlotte Shoe Company to snag a new pair of shoes and support MusicalMinds!
Speaker Tillis Endorses MusicalMinds NC In January 2013, MusicalMinds NC was thrilled to receive a visit from Representative Thom Tillis, Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives and a member of the Mecklenburg County delegation to the N.C. House. Read all about it!
MusicalMinds NC featured in Kiwanis International Magazine
Check out this great article about MusicalMinds NC featured in the March 2013 issue of Kiwanis International Magazine! Thanks again to Kiwanis International for their continually strong support of our growing program!
MusicalMinds Kids Are In/On The News! News 14 Carolina visited the MusicalMinds NC classroom recently and filed this report: A new program teaching kids the art of music is asking for the community's help. The Lake Norman Kiwanis Club recently founded a nonprofit called Musical Minds but with little funding, they said the program is limited. Twenty-five first and third-graders at Blythe Elementary School in Huntersville make up the free after school program.Read more...
Check it out!
Ruby Houston from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, expresses her support for MusicalMinds and stresses the importance of music education for all students.
Meet Patricia Johanson, Principal at Blythe Elementary School, who takes a few moments to encourage participation in and support for MusicalMinds.