About 28 million people in the United States are deaf or have hearing difficulties. One of your friends’ kids or a child of your own may have hearing loss or impairment. But that does not mean that their disability can hamper their learning.
In fact, deaf students can learn things such as music and arts. Music plays a significant role in everyone’s lives, deaf or not. Anyone can be like Ludwig van Beethoven who lost his hearing ability in his 20s but produced some of the world-renowned musical masterpieces of all time. Yes, we believe we can produce Beethovens from this generation of deaf, music-loving children.
What is CFM?
Music education is a crucial part of our institution’s mission to expand the horizons of children with hearing problems. Launched in early 2017, the Children for Music (CFM) program was developed by the external affairs board of the Michigan School for the Deaf to raise public awareness about the abilities of deaf students and to gather support for students who love to express themselves through music and want to pursue music as a lifelong passion and craft.
We believe that through CFM, we can provide an excellent music education that deaf students deserve.
The CFM program has three components:
- Scholarship – We are supporting teachers who want to teach music to deaf students by making music teaching education more accessible to them. By doing so, we increase the number of teachers available to teach music to deaf students and prepare them well to respond to the specific needs of their students.
- Instrumental music – At the Michigan School for the Deaf, we have students with incredible musical talents, specifically playing instruments. In 2015, a school band was formed that is now serving the outlet of students who are inclined to music.
- Music appreciation – While some deaf students may not be inclined to become musicians in the future, they appreciate music. Our goal this year is to provide at least 70% of our students with hearing aids to help them feel music better.
How you can support CFM
We have been partnering with government, corporations, and private organizations to make CFM a more effective and inclusive program not just for the students of Michigan School for the Deaf but also other hearing-challenged people in our community.
Now, we are reaching out to individuals who generosity will go a long way in helping deaf people make their music dreams a reality.
There are three ways you can support CFM in meeting its goals for the betterment of deaf students:
- Donations in cash and kind – While the Michigan School for the Deaf receives funding from various grants, specialized music education for the deaf is expensive. Your kind contribution will definitely help us provide compensation and scholarships to our music teachers and procuring musical instruments for our school band. If you have any old instruments you are no longer using, we will gladly accept them as donations for our school band.
- Sponsor a deaf student – Help a deaf student realize his dreams by sponsoring the cost of his music education.
- Work part-time or full-time as a music instructor– Share your music knowledge and skills to our students by spending time with them teaching how to play musical instruments, music appreciation, voice lessons, and others.
Interested in supporting CFM? Contact us and we will respond to you ASAP.