DMF free group classes are the “foundation” of the foundation – it’s how we started 12 years ago. They are not traditional “music therapy” sessions, which are typically done on a one-on-one basis and geared towards achieving specific goals. Rather, our classes are designed to maximize the broadest range of musical and social benefits for the maximum number of participants.
Available to individuals with developmental and physical disabilities ages 3 to adult, classes focus on empowering individuals to make clear progress on their own terms. They enhance self-confidence and self-esteem and promote personal expression and growth. Most importantly, they enrich hearts and souls, and uplift spirits.
Classes run up to nine months a year from September to December, February to May and July. We offer Singing, Drumming and Percussion, Lyric Composition, Keyboard, Guitar, Singing and Dancing, DJ 101 and Band. Group classes include a culminating event, in the form of a free music festival, hosted twice a year at an outside venue. Here family and friends can celebrate all of the hard work and dedication of the participants all semester.
As part of our Annual Spring Benefit we hope to raise $500,000 in 2018 to support free group classes at our music center for deserving individuals with developmental and physical disabilities through the DMF Scholarship Fund. If you would like to support the DMF Scholarship Fund click here to donate. Thank you for your support.