When children have access to quality music instruction, the positive impact can be life-changing. Unfortunately, too many children never get a chance to play music because of limited opportunities. VanderCook’s One City program is changing this situation. One City offers free music lessons, rehearsals and instruments to 5th, 6th and 7th graders from local schools and neighborhoods. One City pays tribute to our Chicago Bronzeville jazz roots by offering instruments from the jazz band family, including saxophone, trumpet, trombone, percussion (drums), bass and piano. The program runs for 10-15 weeks each fall and spring. Any student who completes the program through 8th grade will keep and own the instrument to play in high school and beyond.
With your support we can continue to expand this program throughout Chicago!