The Center for Musical in Lafayette is offering remote programs and opportunities for the community while people are unable to visit the center due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Musical Arts Center provides music creation opportunities for over 500 students and has 13 teaching studios and two performance spaces.
The center focuses on providing access to music education to the whole community. It achieves this, in part, through its Heartstring program which consists of an instrument bank to provide low-cost instrument rentals and tuition assistance.
Although the center is closed to the public, its staff hold online classes and use Facebook to connect with the community.
“We’ve had many conversations about how services look today,” said Director of Education Kathy Kucsan. “We know music isn’t going to kill the virus, it’s not going to cure people, but it can help us emotionally. We wanted to make it available to people.
Staff members record Facebook Live videos at night for childhood lullabies and sing world songs.
“People are starting to understand the songs and really enjoying them,” Kucsan said.
She said that although the social media content is free, the center also offers paid courses to the community.
“We’re here, people making music in really tough times,” Kucsan said. “We just want to make that available to people. If you can’t afford the course, come anyway.
It’s been gratifying to see staff come together to make online deals happen so quickly, Kucsan said.
“Everyone has been amazing. The kids are really adjusting and the teachers were totally enthusiastic,” she said.