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Bringing Music and Arts Education to Knoxville
Little Ears

Knoxville, TN      Arts


Big Ears is proud to once again partner with the Community School of the Arts and Joy of Music School to present the Little Ears program. Little Ears provides special opportunities to youth that are involved in these schools during the festival weekend. These organizations play an integral role in the community by providing an educational and mentorship opportunities surrounding music and arts to underprivileged and at-risk youth in the Knoxville area that would not exist otherwise.

About Community School of the Arts

Every afternoon during the regular school week, the Community School of the Arts in downtown Knoxville provides free lessons and classes in music (piano, jazz piano, violin, cello, brass, guitar, percussion, composition), visual arts (drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media), and culinary arts to 128 children and young people from inner-city and rural areas who would not otherwise have access. Students are encouraged to enroll in as many disciplines as possible to find out what makes them "tick" and to stay in the program through high school graduation. Partners include ProjectGRAD of Knoxville, Great Schools Partnership and Wesley House Community Center, all dedicated to the advancement of every child through afterschool enrichment programs.

About Joy of Music School

Founded in 1998, the School offers free music lessons for hundreds of financially disadvantaged, at-risk children and teens. All taught by over 100 volunteer musicians from symphony musicians to university professors and more. All instruments and materials are provided free of charge. Families qualify whose income falls under the guidelines for the Federal Free/Reduced Lunch program. All instruments, plus voice, are offered. Each student has their own teacher/mentor in weekly lessons. Classes and ensembles are offered as well.

This RoomFunding project will help Big Ears continue to support bringing music and arts education to underprivileged and at-risk youth in the Knoxville area though the Little Ears Program.

For more information about Big Ears' Little Ears Program, check out

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17% funded

1250 room nights needed

Why We Like This Project

Music plays such an important role in the lives of children. It helps spark creativity and gives kids an outlet to let their budding personalities shine. I think it's really cool that Big Ears is so involved with both organizations in Knoxville! Through their efforts, they are making it possible for all children to have access to music.

Nicole Watson Director of Marketing and Giving

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