Since 2013, the Quest Center has partnered with families and local organizations, including the Dickson County Board of Education, local school administrations, the Dickson Housing Authority, the Arc Dickson County and others to provide affordable music education & instrument instruction for students grades 4-12, including low-income, at-risk youth, individuals with behavioral, social and emotional issues and developmental delays. The Quest Center uses music education to give great kids the tools to realize their potential and become great adults.
We think we do a pretty good job. In fact, our 88-91% student retention rate, along with references and impact statements from parents and partners support our impact & success.
Our program curriculum includes:
year-round instrument instruction & music theory programs offered unconditionally to children grades 4-12 living in rural, lower-income communities, including individuals with special needs
extended education workshops, camps & other activities that connect students to the diversity of careers in music (technical, operational, business & creative careers), frequently with professional artists, engineers and other industry professionals
songwriting, recording and performance opportunities
youth leadership opportunities, employing high-school and college-age students as Teaching Assistants.
The Quest Center is a unique community resource. In an effort to ensure that all children are able to participate in our music programs:
we unconditionally serve children, including individuals with disabilities, living in rural, lower-income communities with no pre-requisites. We serve all children.
we conduct classes at locations throughout the community, where children live and attend school, with focus on Title 1 schools.
our classes & music education programs are conducted year-round, often when children need structured activities most.
we teach music, music theory AND we leverage our relationships to expose students to the diversity of careers in music (creative, business, operational and technical).
we provide free use of instruments, in-class and at home.
our students support charitable, school & community events throughout the year.
NO CHILD IS TURNED AWAY FOR FINANCIAL REASONS, BUT EVERYONE IS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE.