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Through a unique public/private collaboration, Gifts of Music was created to encourage and support students in the pursuit of music.
The mission of Gifts of Music is to provide all students the opportunity to share in the joy and benefits that come from the study of instrumental music. Too often, children without access access to private lessons lose the drive to achieve. Gifts of Music affords those students the opportunity for encouragement and support in a safe and nurturing environment. Gifts of Music is grateful for the generous and ongoing support of the Ellen Jeanne Goldfarb Memorial Charitable Trust.


While instrumental music is offered in West Hartford Public Schools West Hartford Schools in fourth grade, success is often determined by support and lessons provided outside of school. Gifts of Music offers a helping hand to promising young musicians without financial resources: students at risk of losing their desire before realizing their talent. Students who meet the established criteria receive individual and/or group music instruction from professional teachers from within The Community Division of The Hartt School of Music. The mentoring allows the young students to improve skills, to learn the value of commitment and practice, and to grow in confidence. Gifts of Music unites the resources of the West Hartford Public Schools, The Community Division of the Hartt School of Music Hartt School Community Division, private donors, and the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. The Gifts of Music Fund is managed by a dedicated group of volunteers. The Fund was established at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving in 2002 as a perpetual endowment to support the Gifts of Music Program.


Gifts of Music
➢ Provides private and group lessons with professional music teachers;
➢ Sponsors supervised after school practice programs at Charter Oak and Smith Elementary Schools;
➢ Collects, refurbishes, and distributes used instruments through its Instrument Recycling Program;
➢ Collaborates with the West Hartford Department of Fine and Performing Arts and the Ellen Jeanne Goldfarb Memorial Charitable Trust to sponsor the Sizzlin’ Suzuki Summer Camp;
➢ Awards 2 Ki and Tuck Miller Scholarships to high school students for summer jazz study;
➢ Awards one-semester scholarships to 5 secondary level students for study of a band instrument.

Gifts Of Music Lessons

➢ Students are invited to participate from grades 5-12 and are selected on the basis of financial need, potential, interest and commitment;
➢ Professional music teachers from the Community Division of the Hartt School provide one-on-one weekly half hour lessons within the school day throughout the year;
➢ School-based music teachers monitor progress and, together with parents, offer encouragement.
➢ Students are challenged to set goals and work hard to achieve those goals.

Supervised Practice

At the elementary level, students are afforded the opportunity to participate in after school supervised practice sessions with the building-based instrumental music teacher.

Sizzlin’ Suzuki Summer Camp

The Summer Camp offers 2 one-week programs for Suzuki students in grades 2 and 3.

"I want to make good citizens. If a child hears fine music from the day of birth and learns to play it himself, he develops sensitivity, discipline, and endurance. He gets a beautiful heart."
Shin'ichi Suzuki