We believe that all children should be given the opportunity to learn, play, collaborate, create and derive the benefits of music education regardless of their financial resources, their abilities or other factors. No child is turned away for financial reasons.
We also believe there's more to learning to play an instrument than simply instruction, and there's significant benefit to learning and playing music with others. We've often been asked to conduct private music lessons, but that's not what we do. In fact, music and community are at the core of our mission.
Since 2013, the Quest Center has partnered with families and local organizations, including the Dickson County Board of Education, local school administrations, LEAPS After-School Programs, 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.
We think we do a pretty good job. In fact, our retention rate, references and impact statements from parents and partners support our success.
Our program curriculum includes:
- Year-round instrument instruction & music education programs
- Extended education & community activities, including monthly student jams; workshops on technical, business & creative aspects of music; music camps; and musician support for charitable & community events
In an effort to eliminate most barriers to participation, the Quest Center:
- Conducts programs at locations throughout the community. To accommodate students and parents, we conduct classes, workshop and camps at multiple sites throughout Dickson County, including after-school programs at multiple Dickson County public schools, our studio in downtown Dickson and other locations
- Offers low-cost music instruction plus additional scholarships for qualified families
- Provides free in-class use of instruments
- Offers a limited number of home-loaner instruments for qualified students. This program has proved effective with both educational advancement and student accountability.