When I was growing up, we had music in our schools. It was a given. These days many of these programs are not available. I don’t know what I would have done without music in my life when I was growing up. I was unpopular and picked on, but for me, music was my refuge and solace – the one thing I knew I was good at; it fed me and kept me going.
Sarah McLachlan is the Founder and Chair of the Board of The Sarah McLachlan School of Music located in downtown Vancouver, Canada. The Sarah McLachlan School of Music is a music program offered at no cost to at-risk and underserved youth in Vancouver. Students in grades 4–12 receive high quality music instruction in both contemporary and classical traditions, in guitar, piano, percussion, voice, choir, songwriting, ensemble, music and video production, DJing, beatboxing, and electronic music. The school reaches hundreds of young people every year, providing them with the space and the tools they need to express themselves. The school offers them a secure, inspiring place to learn, practice and ultimately connect with others and with themselves.
You can learn more and make a donation at www.sarahschoolofmusic.com