There is power in community, power in music. Right now the word community is being redefined as many move work environments to homes, schools temporarily close, and we avoid social gatherings. Connections to community are vital, especially in times such as these where every day brings new changes in how we interact with one another. As quarantined residents in Italy recently showed, these changes and challenges can also offer opportunities to reach out to one another through music to celebrate our humanity and create joyful moments.
While we are in this period of transition, please be assured that Armstrong Community Music School is committed to its mission to provide music to all members of our community. By offering remote lessons and singalongs, ACMS will provide the high-quality music educations students and families have come to expect, while also offering financial stability to our teaching artists.
To that end, although we will not be open for regular hours until April 6, we will be leading free community singalongs Tuesdays - Fridays at 3 pm through 4/3 starting next week on our Facebook page. We hope you will join us! Please see the links below for more specific information related to our various programs:
In addition, we will be postponing all ACMS 20th birthday events that were scheduled for the weekend of April 24-26. We do not have future dates set yet, but now we are looking forward to those celebrations with even more anticipation. Until then the ACMS executive team will be putting our creative minds together to create a virtual celebration to share for ACMS’s 20th.
Music will help us as we move through this tricky and unprecedented time. And in the end we believe our community, in every sense of the word, will be stronger. When we reach out to one another in joy or to momentarily forget our troubles, we gain a higher understanding of perspectives and true community is born. We are grateful for your continued support and hope that you make time for music every day. It’s really a wonder what a difference it can make!
Our best to you,
Liz Cass, Rachel McInturff, Sarah Beth Gooding, Courtney Tellman
The ACMS Executive Leadership Team