Music Lessons Express Scholarships
Our Programs

At Music Lessons Express we are committed to the community. We recognize the proven value music education has on academic achievement, mental and physical health, and social development. We are heartbroken when a family cannot afford private lessons. If you are able please give to support our scholarships by clicking this link. If you cannot afford lessons please look through our programs and apply for assistance by clicking this link.

Partners

MLE is very fortunate to be partnered with two excellent organizations for scholarships; the Innovative Community Engagement Foundation and Step Up for Students.

The Innovative Community Engagement (ICE) Foundation is our partner for most of our scholarship programs under their ICE Youth Music Program. ICE was a 2018 Tallahassee Democrat Nonprofit of the year finalist. Their mission is to stimulate different segments of society through mentorship, service, and professional development. Find out more on their website: https://www.foundationice.org. Donations made to the program through the ICE Foundation are tax deductible.

Step Up for Students administers state-approved funding provided to families of students with certain special needs to help them customize their educational plan in the state of Florida. Scroll down to see more.

Kent Hutchinson Memorial Scholarships
About Kent

Kent was one of Tallahassee’s most well-loved musicians and the dean of local drumming circles. His message of peace and love and his passion for giving were an inspiration for our community. Kati Schardl wrote a wonderful tribute to him here.

Kent worked with our Instrument Safari and Rockstar Recording Camps since they began five years ago. The Instrument Safari camp is designed for students aged 5-7 to explore a wide variety of instruments and styles of music. The Rockstar Recording Camps are for students ages 8-12 who spend the week composing and recording a “hit single” using GarageBand and our studio instruments. Kent would spend one afternoon with each of the camps- it was consistently the favorite afternoon of all the campers. Returning students always asked when he was coming and looked forward to it for the duration of the camp.

All of Kent’s sessions, regardless of the age of the campers, started with a drum circle. He taught the students about the djembe- where it came from, what it was made out of- and the basics of how to play the instrument. Most of his time was spent teaching them how to play together as a group, starting with keeping a steady beat together and then teaching them how to improvise on top of the beat. With older campers, Kent brought in many different instruments to teach them: hand pans, talking drums, and a theremin all made appearances over the years. He would always finish by teaching them how to play the traditional African song Funga Alafia, a song of welcome and peace.

If you are able please consider donating to this scholarship. Donations are tax deductible.

Summer Camp Scholarship

Need based scholarships are now available for the Instrument Safari and Rockstar Recording summer camps. See our Summer Camps page for more information on the camps. To apply click this link. 

Percussion Scholarship

Coming Soon. 

PlayOn Music Scholarship
About

The PlayOn Music Scholarship is a need based scholarship that provides one full year of lessons on any instrument to anyone under 18 years of age. Lessons are conducted at Music Lessons Express’s studio on Apalachee Parkway in Tallahassee.

If you are able please consider donating to this scholarship. Donations are tax deductible.

Applications

Need based scholarships are available. See our Lessons page for more information on our programs. To apply click this link. 

Gardiner Scholarship
Step Up for Students

MLE is proud to partner with the nonprofit organization Step Up for Students as an approved provider of the Gardiner Scholarship. The Gardiner Scholarship is state-approved funding provided to families of students with certain special needs to help them customize their educational plan in the state of Florida. Students may use their scholarship funds for private music tutoring at the MLE studio with one of our FLDOE-certified music instructors. Instruction is available for students of any age and ability in general music, guitar, brass/wind instruments, piano, violin, viola, cello, and percussion.

For more information, please visit www.StepUpforStudents.org or contact the office.