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FinalPatriot
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May 28, 2014 - 12:01 pm
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Hello folks!

This is probably going to be a strange question but I've been searching all of my contacts and have not had much success.  I was wondering if by chance if any of you might know of an organization that provides grants to veterans to be used for music lessons?  I'm trying to get back into having professional instructions on learning the violin but, as you all know, the cost can quickly become close to that of a car payment.  The VA does have a program but it only covers Soldiers that are attending a formal institute, university, or the like.  They do not provide any support for personal/private lessons.  I have also contacted the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and other, smaller orchestra's about a grant/sponsorship program but due to the economic situation, none really have the ability to provide assistance at this time.

Anyways, I know this is a long shot but I figured I would ask.

Thanks,

 

-Mark

"I know a girl who cries when she practices violin because each note sounds so pure it just cuts into her, and then the melody comes pouring out her eyes. Now, to me, everything else just sounds like a lie."

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May 28, 2014 - 4:38 pm
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These may be of interest

for disabled vets:

https://www.facebook.com/musicorps/info

 

and for disabled and others

http://www.cammomusic.org/

and maybe the type of thing you are looking for, except its in erie,pa  not atlanta.  But shows that the programs exist and there may be referrel network between these types of organizations

http://www.music4veterans.org/

gws

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Fiddlerman
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May 29, 2014 - 8:31 am
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I sincerely hope that you can find some support Mark. You deserve it.

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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Thanks for the links GWSheer!  Unfortunately, since I'm still on active status and am not disabled, (though my wife may question my mental state from time to time...) it looks like I don't qualify.  This is pretty much the case from most of the places I have looked into.

Pierre, you could always just move to Atlanta and be my personal teacher.  I a have room in the basement with the kids and a nice inflatable mattress you can use.  wink

"I know a girl who cries when she practices violin because each note sounds so pure it just cuts into her, and then the melody comes pouring out her eyes. Now, to me, everything else just sounds like a lie."

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Do a search for mini grants in your area.  I write a lot of these for a different population but there may be something available for you.  What about bartering for instruction?  What about holding a fundraiser or garage sale for your lessons?  What about asking for lessons for Christmas, birthday, Ground Hog Day presents?  There's a lot of ways to get lessons for those who are creative and really want them.  What about just one a month?  They can set you with instruction for the month and check your progress from the previous month.  I mean, I live in one of the most expensive states in the US and get mine for $30 for 1/2 hour.  With one lesson a month you could get a LOT of instruction from this site right here.  Good luck.  

 

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@1stimestar ,

That's a good idea about the mini grants!  I'll check into that over the weekend and see what I can find out.  Ground Hog day?  Hmm.. guess I never thought of that one before... 😉 

I was taking lessons from a local college student that only charged about $35 per hour but after about a year, it became clear that my progression wasn't as important to her as it was to me.  That's kind of a harsh review but after she forgot about a couple of lessons, I figured it was time to find a new teacher.  However, the going rate around the Atlanta area for a highly reputable teacher is about $40-50 for 1/2 hour.  For that reason, I'm probably going to do what you suggested with a monthly lesson supplemented by the info Pierre has here on his site.  Sometimes learning a new skill can be frustrating when you reach that point when you're not entirely sure what the next step should be.

"I know a girl who cries when she practices violin because each note sounds so pure it just cuts into her, and then the melody comes pouring out her eyes. Now, to me, everything else just sounds like a lie."

Conor Oberst
 
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Fiddlerman
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May 31, 2014 - 8:24 am
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FinalPatriot said

Pierre, you could always just move to Atlanta and be my personal teacher.  I a have room in the basement with the kids and a nice inflatable mattress you can use.  wink

I will think about it Mark. facepalm

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