Indian Hill Music Continues Partnerships with Local Schools During 2019-2020 Academic Year

October 22, 2019

Music Education Center Partners with Local Massachusetts Schools to Provide Music Lessons to Underserved Youth

Indian Hill Music is announcing today that it is continuing its partnership with local public school districts during the 2019-2020 academic year. Students in the Ayer- Shirley and Fitchburg public schools will receive instruction from Indian Hill Music’s highly skilled community music school faculty members.

Indian Hill Music aims to provide music wherever there is need. Through its school outreach partnerships, Indian Hill Music provides students in schools that lack the funding to provide robust instrumental music instruction with violin classes, band programs, and other music learning opportunities that may have otherwise not been possible due to lack of funding.

“Music instruction is a foundational part of strong, whole-child education, and Indian Hill Music is happy to provide music education opportunities to students whose schools would like to offer instrumental music but have to make difficult budget choices,” said Pete Robbins, Indian Hill Music’s Director of Education.  “We’re looking forward to continuing our partnerships with these public school districts and their students.”

Indian Hill Music partnerships include:

The Ayer- Shirley School System

Indian Hill Music has worked in the Ayer-Shirley school system for 13 years, providing after-school band and violin instruction until the district was able to revitalize their in-school band program. Currently, the music education center offers string instrument instruction free-of-charge to students in the 4th and 5th grades.

McKay Arts Academy, Longsjo Middle School and Memorial Middle School, Fitchburg

This is the third year that Indian Hill Music has worked in the McKay Arts Academy in the City of Fitchburg. Indian Hill Music provides free band instrument and ensemble instruction to over 50 fifth-, sixth-, and seventh-graders each week during the school day.  Their faculty teach students how to play trumpet, trombone, flute, saxophone, clarinet, and percussion and to play as a full concert band. This is the first year that Indian Hill is including seventh-graders.

Additionally, the music school is launching a new violin program in Fitchburg’s two other middle schools: Longsjo Middle School and Memorial Middle School.  The violin lessons are being offered to students in all grades.

Last year, Indian Hill Music also partnered with Lawrence High School, Clinton High School and Littleton Academy residential school, and the music center anticipates continuing that work this academic year as well.


Now in its 34th year, Indian Hill Music is a thriving regional non-profit center for music education, performance, and community outreach. One of only a few organizations in the U.S. that combines a community music school, professional symphony orchestra, diverse concert series, and high-impact music philanthropy, Indian Hill Music serves 79 communities in Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. We believe that music inspires both our hearts and minds, encourages the growth of the whole person, and is integral to the lives of everyone we serve. Our mission – to share the transformative power of music, through teaching and performing, and giving music generously when there is need – reflects the impact of music on people’s lives, and its ability to strengthen, heal, and inspire. Indian Hill Music relies on the generosity of individuals, families, businesses, and foundations to support our programs. Learn more at (978) 486-9524 or The programs of Indian Hill Music are supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, and with funds from the council administered by the Local Cultural Councils.

Indian Hill Music is creating a world-class education and performance center on a stunning 110 acre landscape in Groton.  Anticipated to open in 2022, the Music Center at Indian Hill will include a 1,000 seat concert hall, a 300 seat performance hall, rehearsal and teaching spaces, state of the art acoustics, dynamic architecture, and lawn seating for summer concerts. The Music Center will be a regional gathering place for music education and performance of all genres for Central Massachusetts and well beyond. Learn more.

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